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what antimalarial drugs in Indonesia (Sumatra)?

confused about the antiparasitics effectivness - antimalarials
13 years ago, July 24th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #116379  
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hi fellow travellers,

im aware this is not the most suitable place to ask, unless some of you are actually medical doctors, but i will give it a shot.

a few months ago I visited a hospital immunologist consulting possible prophylaxes prescription ahead of my indonesia (sumatra) trip with, which is still due in a couple of weeks. It seems like I was a bit misinformed as i was recommended the medicine Lariam (Mefloquine), which i also eventually purchased.

Now doing my final research, I've come across on worrying reports and info (even on wikipedia) as for resistance to this kind of antiparasitic in indoenesia and in whole SE Asia for that matter. Not to mention all the undesirale effect the drug has got...

ok, no big deal, i havent intaken a tablet so far, so i can easily switch but, i was wondering your views and experience.

i can assure you I will visit the doctor again and ask him what he thinks now about the choice. Meanwhile, you go ahead... 😊

thanks a lot

jirikoo Reply to this

13 years ago, July 26th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #116468  
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Best site to check is Centers for Disease Control (USA) they have a website with all countries, risks, drugs etc. google cdc and malaria and you will get there. Just checked and mefloquine is one of the recommended drugs for Indonesia. Resistance develops over time and spreads through the population. The fact that some resistance has been identified may not mean that the drug is not efficient generally. CDC does update their site continuously so I think you will be fine, but do check it out with a doctor as well. Have a good trip. Reply to this

13 years ago, July 26th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #116472  
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thanks for your reply gal Reply to this

13 years ago, August 26th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #118218  
N Posts: 1
I don't know if you still need the information,

Anyway in Indonesia there are some antimalarial drugs, but i think most people usually use resochin/chloroquine because it is widely available in drug stores.
Happy travelling... Reply to this

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