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What Are the Best Tips for malaria prophylaxis?

A: malaria prophylaxis is a method used to prevent malaria, an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. There are many prophylaxis—meaning prevention—drugs available to thwart malaria infections. People should consider where they are traveling, how often they are willing to take the drugs and any preexisting conditions that may make one medication better than another. It is also important to think about how soon before travel to start malaria prophylaxis and how much one is willing to spend on prevention methods. For people unwilling or unable to take drugs, there are alternative options, such as bed...


How to Change From One malaria prophylaxis to Another

A: In many tropical areas of the world, malaria continues to be a threat. Humans contract the disease when bitten by a female mosquito. Taking a malaria prophylaxis, also known as an ant-malarial drug, can help to lower the risk of contracting the disease. Because today''s malaria prophylaxes carry diverse risks of side effects, its important to talk to your travel doctor when switching from one prophylaxis to another....


I have a patient on clomiphene who is trying to get pregnant, she requires malaria prophylaxis. Is there any malaria prophylaxis she can safely take in the early stages of pregnancy?

A: In all situations of potential teratology we strongly recommend you contact the National Teratology Information Service, they will have the most up to date advice available.  They can be contacted via 0191 260 6181.  This warning is further amplified by the potential interactions of clomiphene with the possible anti-malarial choices.  This requires specialist information beyond the NLH Q&A Service.   For background information PRODIGY has a guideline on malaria prophylaxis [1], which has a section on women, which states:   “Women capable of childbearing should take contraceptive precautions while taking mefloquine and for 3 months after the last dose but should be advised that...

Can you tell me what specific guidance has been issued to GPs with regard to prescribing for malaria prophylaxis on the NHS?

A: Unfortunately, this is not a question the NLH Q&A Service has been designed to answer.  We focus on answering questions based on searching database such as TRIP, Medline and Cochrane.   CKS have a guideline on malaria prophylaxis [1] and this indicates either private prescriptions or OTC prescribing.   A 2003 document by South Worcestershire PCT [2] reports:   “The Department of Health has directed that GP’s may NOT prescribe on the NHS, medicines to prevent malaria.    - Patients should be advised to purchase where possible over the counter.  - For prescription only medicines (eg. Doxycycline, Lariam, Malarone and Maloprim), GP’s may charge for and issue a...

malaria Prevention - I have taken chloroquine weekly for malaria prophylaxis for 36 years! Now I?

A: Why have you taken it for 36 years and why an alternative for the next 5 years? Please add answer as a comment. The reason I have taken chloroquine at all is because I live and work in a tropical country that has endemic malaria. The reason I am seeking an alternative is because my eyes bother me, and also because I have gotten malaria breakthroughs anyhow in the last year. Chazzie There are other medicines used for prophylaxis, but the choice of medicine depends on where you live....

What Are the Pros and Cons of Taking Malarone for malaria?

A: Malarone is a medication used to prevent and treat malaria. It is effective in the prevention of most strains of malaria and often used in conjunction with other malaria medications in treating the disease. There are a number of adverse side effects that can be experienced while taking Malarone for malaria, but the severity of these side effects is significantly less than what can be experienced while using other medications. The most important benefit of taking Malarone for malaria is that it is an effective prevention against most strains of the disease. This serious disease is responsible for approximately one million deaths each year worldwide. People traveling...


Do I need malaria tablets?

A: u will need them, and they are not expensive, buy them from the chemist It''s better to buy the pills than get malaria! yes u will Below is a link to malaria information for travelers to eastern portions of Africa (including Mauritius). It says that you need antimalarials if you are going to be spending time in rural areas. your nurse is qualified, is the author of the web page you seen qualified? malaria is a very serious disease, best to get professional advice. Logon to the The Foreign and Commonwealth website at www.fco.gov.uk and follow the appropriate links for up to date information about Mauritius and any other country you like the look of I got mine on prescription for free when my...


Anyone ever taken anti-malaria pills?

A: Yes I have. Do you have to take them that often? When I was younger in Zambia, we used to take about four tablets of Chloroquin as a prophylaxis once in a long time. That helped a lot. Chloroquin was both used to cure and prevent malaria. As a prophylaxis, it did not give me any problems but as a medication to treat malaria, the side effects were horrifying, there was a time I thought it was better to die than suffer those side effects (general body itching of a severe kind, light headedness and a horrible taste in the mouth), but it was a powerful drug. I do not think they use it anymore, or may be they do. But I have never heard of anyone taking so many drugs and on a daily basis to keep...


What Are the Effects of malaria?

A: malaria is an infectious disease caused by protist parasites of the genus Plasmodium. It is carried by mosquitoes and transmitted through their bite. The effects of malaria on affected humans differ according to the Plasmodium species involved. Plasmodium falciparum causes the most severe effects of malaria and has the highest rate of mortality, while Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malariae, and Plasmodium vivax cause milder forms of the disease.. The most well-known and typical effects of malaria are chills and fever, which tend to repeat in cycles. These cycles occur about every other day in P. vivax and P. ovale infections, but every three days in P.


malaria - Do I Have It?

A: go to your doctors and get blood tests done asap someone i know went to majorca last sept and has just been diagnosed with it! she has been put on antibiotics for two months and needs more bloods taken after that! the other two answers you have (mj and ash) are bollocks my friend only went to majorca not a tropical country it is unlikely but can happen. she has been officially diagnosed with it. she was shocked as was i. she hadnt been feeling gravely ill or anything just under the weather it was the bites flaring up all the time that pointed to it! she has a mild form but its still bad enough for her to need 2 months of antibiotics and further testing after that. MJ your talking rubbish your not a doctor stop altering your text i am not young and naive, the...

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