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dundee
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Malaria Tablets information

I am just summarising below, the information on

previous postings :-

Malaria tablets can be :-

1) Malerone

2) Doxycycline

3) Paludrine

4) Nivaquine

I read that 1) is expensive, and has the least side

effects I read that 3) and 4) are not effective

against Faliparum Malaria, and can make you ill.

I read that 1) Malerone are expensive in the UK,

for example £60 at ASDA, for 24 tablets, and

another chemist £41 for 16.

I read that you can buy Malerone at Nakumatt

supermarket, Mombasa, near Bamburi beach, for

2,050Ksh for 12 tablets, about £16, and without a

prescription, ' and since they are sold in blister

packs that pretty much rules out that they are

fakes '

Therefore it seems sensible to arrive, then

a.s.a.p. buy your Malaria tablets, at Nakumatt ?

Can you also buy Deet at Nakumatt ?

Edited: 26 November 2009, 15:10
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1. Re: Malaria Tablets information

1. Blister packs do *not* rule out the possibility of counterfeit goods. I know of several ongoing investigations into counterfeit drugs here where the manufacturing and packaging methods were so authentic that the drug companies had to have the drugs broken down and chemically analysed before they could be certain they were fake.

2. Yes, you can buy DEET products and also natural repellents at Nakumatt.

dundee
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2. Re: Malaria Tablets information

FL, thanks for your input !

Would you have confidence if you bought

them from Nakumatt ?

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3. Re: Malaria Tablets information

Personally, I wouldn't risk buying that kind of medication from Nakumatt, given what I know about GSK (the manufacturer) and their stringency in licensing, and about Nakumatt and the pricing of these drugs.

If I were coming on holiday here, I'd buy my Malarone from a reputable source. And Nakumatt is *not* reputable when it comes to counterfeit goods. To give you a clue, other products under licence and/or import brand names, are usually very expensive. Why aren't Malarone?

I paid nearly $10 for a box of genuine Kelloggs breakfast cereal the other day - simply because it's a foreign brand and it's imported. The same should be true for Malarone, but it isn't. That's one of the things that alerts the investigations companies in the first place about counterfeit goods.

The choice is yours - and I'm sure others have made that choice and suffered no ill effects.

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4. Re: Malaria Tablets information

You need to start the malaria medication before you arrive.

Having paid out a lot of money for your trip, don't risk your health for a few quid more. Can I also mention its the chemist opposite Nakumatt and not Nakumatt itself.

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5. Re: Malaria Tablets information

I'm with Tembofan on this one...its just not worth the chance. Also, as already stated, its important to start taking the Malarone one or two days before you arrive in Kenya.

Lisa

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Having watched watched a tv program the other day on tropical diseases, please don't scrimp on malaria tablets and definately take them before you go..the guy on the program who went to Gambia without taking them ended up with the disease attacking his brain and also ended up with all his fingers and feet amputated !!

We have always taken malarone, but for me next time I will try something different they give me a really upset stomache !!

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7. Re: Malaria Tablets information

Deano - cant beleive the difference in price for different malaria tablets.

We have always had malarone as hubby has asthma,angina etc but we have paid £76 each this year. My don opted for doxycyclline and has paid £8.76........ slight difference there so think I might go for that next year and spend the difference in duty free!!!!

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8. Re: Malaria Tablets information

Why don't you use doxycycline? That is what I always use.

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9. Re: Malaria Tablets information

Hi Dundee, 3 and 4 have not been used in southern Africa for many years, as they are completely ineffective EXCEPT in one area of Malawi, where they have become completely effective again, much to the surprise and great interest of the scientists.

Ivan

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10. Re: Malaria Tablets information

I'm about to go back for another 3 months and I'll be using doxy again