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US travelers-- antimalarials-- Is this normal?

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US travelers-- antimalarials-- Is this normal?

We are prepping for our upcoming trip to Roatan and were planning to take antimalarials. My kids' pediatrician's nurse practitioner is just ordering the meds for the kids no problem. I assumed that it would be the same for my husband and I, but our family doc is referring us to an infectious disease specialist with a higher specialist copay. Considering that this is prophylactic and nothing is wrong with us, this kind of feels like highway robbery, but maybe our pediatrician's office is just easy to work with compared to other docs.

Is this the norm in the US? Should I try other docs in the area? Granted, I'm sure a doc that hadn't seen us before would want us to come in before writing any prescriptions, but at least another general practitioner would be a regular copay vs. a specialist. Thoughts?

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21. Re: US travelers-- antimalarials-- Is this normal?

We initially got medication for the week before we left, the week we were in Roatan, and two weeks after our return. The refill was for the final two weeks of the course. Our doctor said the 4 weeks after travel were very important--to not get lazy and stop taking it.

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22. Re: US travelers-- antimalarials-- Is this normal?

I am traveling down in 2 weeks. I had same problem BUT i found out Walgreens Clinic handles travel meds. I went there, $20 copay, got Hep A and Hep B vac and prescription for malarone! Awesome!!!

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