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What kind of malaria medication should I take before I travel and for how long?

What kind of malaria medication should I take before I travel and for how long?

Depends: The medicine you take is dependent on where you are going. Some areas have resistance to certain drugs (like chloroquine.) you might need to start taking it a few weeks before you left, depending on what you take. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

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


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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Iran?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Iran?

Malaria in Iran: "Malaria in Iran: prophylaxis is recommended for rural areas of Sistan-Baluchestan Province and southern, tropical parts of Kerman and Hormozgan Provinces. From March through November, prophylaxis is also recommended for Ardabil and East Azerbaijan Provinces north of the Zagros Mountains." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/asia/iran. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Yemen?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Yemen?

Possibly: "Malaria in Yemen: prophylaxis is recommended for all areas except Sana'a and altitudes above 2000 m (6561 ft). Transmission occurs year-round, but mainly from September to February. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/asia/yemen. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Gabon?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Gabon?

Malaria in Gabon: "Malaria in Gabon: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/gabon. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Zambia?

Zambia Malaria Risk: " Malaria in Zambia: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/zambia. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Uganda?

Malaria in Uganda: "Malaria in Uganda: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/uganda. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea: "Malaria in Equatorial Guinea: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/equatorial_guinea. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Nigeria?

Yes: You will need to take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Your doctor can help you decide which medicine is right for you, and also talk to you about other steps you can take to prevent malaria. ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Vietnam?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Vietnam?

Malaria Risk: "Malaria in Viet Nam: prophylaxis is recommended for all rural areas except for the Red River delta, the coastal plains north of Nha Trang, and the Mekong Delta. The highest risk exists in the two southernmost provinces, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, and the highland areas below 1500 m south of 18 degrees N. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/asia/viet_nam. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Colombia?

Malaria in Colombia: "Malaria in Colombia: prophylaxis is recommended for all areas less than 1700 m (5577 ft), except that there is no malaria risk in Bogotá and Cartagena. Risk is highest in the departments of Amazonas, Choco, Cordoba, Guainia, Guaviare, Putumayo, and Vichada. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/samerica/colombia. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Suriname?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Suriname?

Malaria: "Malaria in Suriname: prophylaxis is recommended for the provinces of Brokopondo and Sipaliwini. There is no malaria risk in Paramaribo." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/samerica/suriname. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Cambodia?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Cambodia?

Malaria in Cambodia: "Malaria in Cambodia: prophylaxis is recommended for all areas except the temple complex at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, and around Lake Tonle Sap." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/asia/cambodia. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Indonesia?

Malaria risk: "Malaria in Indonesia: prophylaxis is not recommended for Jakarta Municipality, major cities (including Bogor, Bandung, Solo, and Surabaya), or the main resort areas of Java and Bali, which are the most common destinations. Prophylaxis is recommended for rural areas of Kalimantan (Borneo), Nusa Tenggara Barat (includes the island of Lombok), Sulawesi, and Sumatra, and for all areas of eastern > ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to the Congo?

Malaria in Congo: "Malaria in Congo: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/congo. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Nicaragua?

Malaria in Nicaragua: "Malaria in Nicaragua: prophylaxis is recommended for the districts of Chinandega, Leon, Managua, Matagalpa, Región Autónoma Atlántico Norte (RAAN), and Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur (RAAS)." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/mamerica_carib/nicaragua. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Mozambique?

You can check: The CDC website, They update it every 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Burkina Faso?

Malaria risk: "Malaria in Burkina Faso: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers. Most cases occur during the drier, dustier months from January through June, though there is risk year-round." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/burkina_faso. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to the Ivory Coast?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to the Ivory Coast?

Vaccines for travel: Http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/destinations/list

Check out this interactive website! You can learn about which vaccines are recommended for travel to a particular area of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a similar feature, and also has information about current outbreaks of disease. Have a great trip and safe travels. ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Equatorial Guinea?

Malaria risk: "Malaria in Equatorial Guinea: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/equatorial_guinea. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Somalia?

Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Somalia?

Malaria risk: "Malaria in Somalia: prophylaxis is recommended for all travelers." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/somalia. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Tanzania?

Malaria risk: "Malaria in Tanzania: prophylaxis is recommended for all areas, except for altitudes over 1800 m (5906 ft). The risk is lower in Dar es Salaam than in rural areas." See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/tanzania. Php ...Read more

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Do I need to take malaria medication if I'll be traveling to Swaziland?

Malaria in Swaziland: "Malaria in Swaziland: prophylaxis is recommended for the eastern areas bordering Mozambique and South Africa, including all of Lubombo district and the eastern half of Hhohho and Shiselweni districts. The highest risk is around the villages/towns of Big Bend, Mhlume, Simunye, and Tshaneni. " See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/destinations/africa/swaziland. Php ...Read more

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We're traveling to Hoedspruit this weekend. Should we take anti malaria medication?

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

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Are malaria medications safe?

Yes: Nothing is without risk, but the treatment is much safer than the disease. ...Read more

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What is the best medication for malaria?

What is the best medication for malaria?

Combination: Treatment of malaria is best with a combination of medications. The choice of combination varies by severity of infection and type of infection. ...Read more

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When should discontinue taking a medication for malaria?

As prescribed: Unclear if this is for malaria treatment or prevention. In any case, except for significant side effects, the anti malarial should be taken as prescribed. ...Read more

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Can I begin taking 1 form of malaria medication and then switch to another after?

Sure: Sometimes one type of malaria preventive therapy has to be changed to another due to side effects. During treatment of vivax malaria also one medication (chloroquine) is used first - to kill the blood forms - then followed by Primaquine to eradicate the form in the liver that can cause relapses. ...Read more

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Does malaria have preventative medication that I can use?

Does malaria have preventative medication that I can use?

Fortunately, yes: There are several preventive medications (prophylaxis) that can be taken by children and adults to prevent malaria. Travelers to areas where there is a high risk of malaria should consider using prophylactic medications. A primary care doctor, infectious disease doctor, or travel medicine doctor can prescribe the medications. Mosquito netting and insect repellant (deet) are important too. ...Read more

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How do I prevent and treat malaria without the use of medication.

Medication: Prevention of malaria without medication possible by having deet 30% mosquitoes repellents to apply with mosquitoes net protection. There are several types of medication available for prophylaxis of malaria if you planning to travel in endemic area. Once you get malaria you need to take medication for treatment, without medication malatia is lethal ...Read more

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Are there any malaria medications that can be taken and considered safe for G6PD deficient patients?

Are there any malaria medications that can be taken and considered safe for G6PD deficient patients?

G6PD: There is a theory that the disease itself is protective against malaria. The theory however, is unproven. Most anti-malarials will cause hemolytic anemia so it is important to discuss the problem with your doctor ...Read more

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How can I get my 22 month old and 5 year old malaria medication?

Not from this site: This is the HT public information site. We do not provide treatment or referrals from this platform. There are other HT premium sites that may be able to help, but for now your best bet is to contact your local doc. ...Read more

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What is the best anti-malaria drug for traveling in latin america?

What is the best anti-malaria drug for traveling in latin america?

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

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Hi, we are visiting Mozambique in January, I would like to know what's the best malaria prevention medication for adults and for a 5 year old?

Malaria prevention: Different regions have different types of malaria. https://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/mozambique addresses consideration of specific malarial drugs when traveling to Mozambique. Recommend consulting with a travel medicine specialist. Malarial species in Mozambique- Malaria species: P. falciparum >90%, P. malariae, P. ovale, and P. vivax rare. ...Read more

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What malaria tablets should I buy for 5 days in kruger park. I have epilepsy not on medication now, this will be my honeymoon & want to start a family?

Enjoy: The two best choices would be Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) and vibramycin. Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) is a combination of proguanil and atovaquone. Vibramycin is the brand name for doxycycline. Other medications are known to lower the seizure threshold and since you are not on anti-epileptic medication the above two are best for you. These are both safe to take while trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Going to Hazyview, Mpumalanga from 23 December 2017. Do we need malaria prevention medication? If so, do we need to see a doctor first?

Going to Hazyview, Mpumalanga from 23 December 2017. Do we need malaria prevention medication? If so, do we need to see a doctor first?

Yes and vaccines: And you need to get a prescription from your doctor and also need some vaccines are recommended. HepatitisA, Typhoid and make sure you are uptodate on other vaccines especially polio. Also advise for Travellers Diarrhea prevention etc. Have a great time and enjoy ...Read more

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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?

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?

Yes: 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

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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...

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

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My wife is 12 weeks pregnant and we are going camping at Blyde River Canyon. Should she take anti-malaria medication or is topical prophylaxis sufficient?

My wife is 12 weeks pregnant and we are going camping at Blyde River Canyon. Should she take anti-malaria medication or is topical prophylaxis sufficient?

Not Malaria area: Blyde River Canyon is not in traditional Malaria area. See Map. However, if you enter Kruger or surrounds, it will be a problem. ...Read more

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