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Breastfeeding And Anti Malaria Drugs
Do anti malaria drugs such as plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) suppress the immune system and cause susceptibility to infections or no?
No it Does Not: No it does not suppress immune system and cause susceptibility to infections. ...Read more
A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more
Malaria as a child now diagnosed Discoid lupus erythematosus, Rash in ears and behind Started 2 weeks steroid cream why are Anti-malaria Drugs used?
How does the antimalarial chloroquine work? Does it passively diffuse into red blood cells to thwart the malaria parasite or does it enter the red blood cells by an active transport process?
Chloroquine: Chloroquine concentrates up to several 1000-fold in the food vacuole of the parasite. Possible mechanisms for this selective accumulation of Chloroquine in the food vacuole are: 1) protonation and ion trapping of the Chloroquine due to the low ph of the food vacuole; 2) active uptake of Chloroquine by a parasite transporter (s); and/or 3) binding of Chloroquine to a specific receptor in the food va. ...Read more
I am a breast feeding mother and I took a tablet of lonart anti malaria drug, will it affect my 5months old baby?
One phone call away: On your bottle of medicine, is a phone number. You can ask the pharmacist where you got the medicines if they are ok to take together. ...Read more
Generic ok: Pharmacist can dispense generic version of same drug prescribed automatically in most states, a full sub can be done on the permission of your doctor. ...Read more
Varies: Obviously depends upon the season, where you will be and how long you will be staying, but the best advice is available on cdc website, or consult with your local travel physician. ...Read more
Yes,: A pregnant shouldn't as a general rule take no medication, illicit or not during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. One glass of wine with dinner not a problem. If there is a compelling need to use a drug, the benefit vs the risk must be weighed by a specialist (high-risk obstetrician). If your planning travelling to an endemic malaria part of the world---fagetaboutit, seriously! ...Read more
Cancel your trip: The best alternative to malaria prophylaxis in an endemic area is to cancel your trip. I once met a traveler who tried to prevent malaria in a hot tropical country by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants and by eating lots of raw garlic. Not only was he an unpopular travel companion, but he ended up in the hospital with cerebral malaria. ...Read more
My son 11 is going on a school camp to Waterberg Limpopo Province - the tour operator said this is not a malaria area - but we need to check with our Dr - please confirm if this is safe anti malaria area?
Up to date info: The Center for Disease Control operates a website that is updated for the changing vaccine/ malaria requirements of world travel. If you go to www. Cdc. Gov/travel you can find the updated recommendations for a a specific region by identifying it from their pull down locations. ...Read more
Malaria in the world: First, the location of the risk for malaria must be known. Some meds do not work in some areas in the world. So first knowing your risks and what meds work in that locale is vital. Then the meds can be evaluated for safety in pregnancy. Here is a website to learn about malaria risks where you are or are going: http://www. Cdc. Gov/travel. ...Read more
Not recommended: Most malaria treatments and preventive regimens do not recommend use while breastfeeding. Depending on length of needed and age of baby you could "pump and dump" to ensure milk productiion continues until treatment is done. A full discussion with health care provided is needed to get the best and safest regimen. ...Read more
When does someone need the anti-malaria vaccine? Does it only work if taken before exposure to malaria?
Future hope: Currently there is no vaccine for malaria although many are searching for this with some promising leads. There are medication s which can attack the malaria organism and deal with active infection and some that prevent the malaria from spreading if you are exposed. Hopefully a vaccine will eventually be developed. ...Read more
I'm travelling to Indonesia next week and was told Anti-malaria pills would be a good precaution. Can you give me a prescription?
Need doxycycline: For ma;laria prevention in indonesia day of and for 4 weeks after leaving malaria area, 100 mg daily, can have sun exposure rash side effect, take with a meal and full glass of water or drink sitting up, and use deet insect repelant daily when exposed and screen over bed at night. 90% effective, let me know phone # of pharmacy to call it in and how many days needed for stay and for 4 weeks af ...Read more
My 4 year old son has been sick for the past 12 days now. The doctor gave him ict as anti malaria but still no imrovement and test shows no malaria. W?
Please don't: Although in some countries it can be easy to get medications OTC but you should consult physician to determine which medication will be appropriate in your case and how long it should be taken. ...Read more
Area visiting: Limon province has the area with risk. ...Read more
Low risk area.: Hoedspruit is a low risk area (not no risk), so you don't have to take meds, but always take precautions i.e. mosquito repellent etc. If you are planning to go east from there or into the K park, then you should take medication. Enjoy! ...Read more
Yes: If taking prophylactic anti-malarials is not possible then the best way to avoid getting malaria is to use insect repellents on your skin which contain deet, insect repellants on your clothing which contain permethirn, sleep under a bed net and avoid being outside at dusk when the mosquitoes which transmit malaria are most likely to bite. ...Read more
Could you tell me what happens if I do not complete the course of doxycycline (anti-malaria pills)?
I am taking a anti malaria medication as I am going on a trip it says that other vaccines be not be as effective. Was prescribed dukoral. Can I take it?
Typhoid vaccine should be separate 8 hours from dukoral for it can decrease the effectiveness of the vaccine.
Chloroquine decreases the effects of dukoral but is felt to be a minor effect. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm traveling to uganda for three months and want to know which anti-malaria pills are the best to take?
Anti-malaria pills: There are several antimalarial drugs that are available. You & your doc can decide on the best drug for you - based on travel plans, medical history, age, drug allergies, pregnancy status, & other factors. Make sure to allow enough time for some of the drugs to become effective and for a pharmacy to get these meds. Travel medicine or ID specialists can help. Don't forget - AVOID the BITE! ...Read more
Good day, is it okay for my husband to take a medication for anti malaria? Under his condition lately he was diagnose of chronic hepatitis c...
Need vs safety: Sorry to hear of his hepc diagnosis, but this may not cause much trouble at all (should be followed by doc). If he also has malaria, which needs to be treated. If his hepc is not significantly affecting his liver at this point, antimalarial treatment should be fine. It ALS depends on what medicine, dosage, and duration as well. It is best to consult his doc who knows his health status. Good luck. ...Read more
How long do I take malarone, (atovaquone and proguanil) anti-malaria pills, for prevention when travelling?
Depends: Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) should be started two days before traveling to a malarious area, continued while you are there and fro seven days after you leave the malarious area. ...Read more
Is it better to take malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) (anti-malaria tablets) with breakfast or with an evening meal?
Doesn't matter: You should take it around the same time every day though. ...Read more
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more