Anti-Malarials?

Find medical, health and fitness related resources in Taiwan. Discussions on wide ranging issues from fitness training and diet through to major surgery.

Anti-Malarials?

Postby aprimo » 11 Jun 2004, 15:44

I hope to be travelling this summer, and maybe to places where Malaria is present. I understand I would need to start the treatment two weeks or so before I actually arrive at the affected region.

Where and how can I get anti-malarial medication in Taipei? Is it even possible?
Forumosan avatar
aprimo
Chair-throwing Legislator (rēng yǐzi de lìfǎ wěiyuán)
Chair-throwing Legislator (rēng yǐzi de lìfǎ wěiyuán)
 
Posts: 318
ORIGINAL POSTER
Joined: 04 Oct 2003, 12:10
Location: where the trolley bells jangle



Postby Rascal » 14 Jun 2004, 10:12

Where and how can I get anti-malarial medication in Taipei? Is it even possible?

I dunno where you can get it but it should be possible. Generally expensive though.

Are you actually going into the jungle? Else it might not be necessary though of course it's something you have to decide yourself in the end.

Have a nice trip. :)
Sign here
Forumosan avatar
Rascal
Goddess of Fornication & Prostitutes (tōngjiān hé jìnǚ de nǚshén)
 
Posts: 8176
Joined: 15 Jan 2002, 17:01
Location: The other side



Postby Chewycorns » 15 Jun 2004, 15:00

From my understanding the drug doxycycline is used for skin problems as well as an anti-malarial. Be careful, I have just finished taking a batch and the pills almost burned a hole in my esophagus.

Chewy
Forumosan avatar
Chewycorns
Retired President (tuì xiū de zǒng tǒng)
Retired President (tuì xiū de zǒng tǒng)
 
Posts: 5644
Joined: 22 Jul 2003, 09:38
Location: Back in the Great Wide Open
1 Recognized(s)



Postby MaPoSquid » 15 Jun 2004, 20:20

Chewy, were you letting the capsules dissolve -- or even worse, opening them up -- before swallowing them?? It's one med that you DON'T want to do that with, fer shure. A guy I knew in high school did that so he could smear it directly on his acne (hey, it made sense to him...), and it caused chemical burns on his skin.

Doxycycline is something that many people take long-term, as in years. Maybe you have an allergy to it?

BTW, it's a pretty general-purpose antibiotic. Very old-line drug, and there's quite a bit of resistance to it nowadays, especially since Bayer Pharmaceutical sells a shitload of it to farmers to dump into chicken feed.
Got out alive
Forumosan avatar
MaPoSquid
"Drinks for the House!"
 
Posts: 4091
Joined: 30 Apr 2003, 15:15
Location: varying between 0m-60m above sea level
1 Recognized(s)



Postby john h » 18 Jun 2004, 10:11

The trick with malaria prevention is to, obviously, not let mozzies bite you. Which also means not getting blind-drunk and collapsing anywhere. Mozzies are tricky everywhere, some don't come out until 3AM. I don't take any malaria drugs but I also sleep in a small camping tent (indoors a lot of times) because the zip-up net gives protection. One bad mosquito bite can ruin your life for years or forever.I met a guy in a wheel chair who could not speak, but his mind was clear and sharp. A single mosquito was said to be the cause. Anti-monquito sprays (Aeroguard) are poison too. Local people in high mozzie regions of tropical Australia, they use a mixture of Detol and baby oil, for protection. Longterm Aeroguard use not advised on the label (Try 1/3 Detol, 2/3 baby oil). Detol is an anti-septic. A famous married couple in Australia picked up a form of malaria in either New Guinea or the Solomons. The Australian hospital thought the woman had a 'flu and treated her wrongly, she died. The husband suicided 12 months later. A Mosquitoes were the bottom line cause. There's other stories too.
Australian Information enquiries welcome. I am a coastal traveller and know Australia well. Have driven a million kiometers around and though this great land. Interests are diving and underwater photography, vegetarian, movies etc. I have been to Taiwan twice in last two years. Will return.
john h
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
Ink Still Wet in Passport (shífēn xīnshǒu)
 
Posts: 4
Joined: 18 Jun 2004, 04:31
Location: Australia



FRIENDLY REMINDER
   Please remember that Forumosa is not responsible for the content that appears on the other side of links that Forumosans post on our forums. As a discussion website, we encourage open and frank debate. We have learned that the most effective way to address questionable claims or accusations on Forumosa is by engaging in a sincere and constructive conversation. To make this website work, we must all feel safe in expressing our opinions, this also means backing up any claims with hard facts, including links to other websites.
   Please also remember that one should not believe everything one reads on the Internet, particularly from websites whose content cannot be easily verified or substantiated. Use your common sense and do not hesitate to ask for proof.




Proceed to Health and Fitness



Who is online

Forumosans browsing this forum: No Forumosans and 4 visitors

Waste your money and you're only out of money, but waste your time and you've lost a part of your life -- MICHAEL LEBOEUF