Active Ingredients: Doxycycline
The occasional headache the next day also.
It can make some people more sensitive to sunburn, but it is an antibiotic so it wont mess with your head like larium will. Believe me you dont want to get a bad dose of malaria, some strains are fatal and you might have other strains for the rest of your life.
Use a good repellent and cover up....
I'll avoid Larium for sure, I'd heard it had bad side effects. If I take anti malaria drugs it will be doxycyline. Although Doxy's side effect of sensitivity to the sun is not good for surf trip in the tropics.
I think it's more common. I stopped taking it halfway through last trip, feet and ankles came up with weird blotchy reaction to sun from riding bike around, although the tropical sun is pretty brutal.
I used extra sunblock in that area when I started to notice it, but it got worse so I stopped taking the Doxy. I got malaria in, when I was about 17 years old. I believe I picked it up in Sumbawa.
I can't remember which medicine I was taking, but it was the standard one at the time and I dutifully took my tablet everyday. I also remember, strange, vivid dreams but that might have something to do with all the ephedrine I was munching or simply being a teenager in an exotic country, or other recreations that a silly teenager might pursue when not riding waves.
Anyway, the malaria hit after I had been back in Australia for over a month, maybe even two. I was misdiagnosed three times and got worse and worse.
There were a couple of weeks that I have very little memory of but I can remember how shit I felt during the earlier stages and how long it took to get my strength back.
Luckily, I only had vivax?
I was told that if it was the other kind I probably would have died. The tropical disease specialist who came to observe me told me that at the time, a lot of the Australian soldiers who were in East Timor were taking the same medicine as me and came back with the same strain of malaria that had somehow got resistant to it.
My trip wasn't cut short and I got treatment eventually in an Australian hospital rather than an Indonesian one. I will say there are some good point to having malaria.
I was given immune boosting medicine to take for a while as part of the recovery.
That stuff was amazing... I reckon I could have made love to a leper and got away infection free. Also, I lost about 10 kg over 2 months so if you want to get rid of that spare tire...
It also makes a good yarn to tell. Which were eventually ripped off brushing reef - ouch I've recently taken Larium for 6 weeks and wouldn't have known I took a thing. Zero side affects, though my wife experienced weird dreams.
A lot seem to get crazy dreams, a guy next door to me at bobbies said he had a dream he had amachibe gun machine gun massacring everyone.
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