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How to get hold of anti-malarias in the Philippines?

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stupidly didnt bring anti malarials with me..now i need to get hold of some but its proving to be impossible;...
8 years ago, September 27th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #119826  
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i stupidly didnt get anti malarials before i left home. I was under the impression it was very easy to get hold of them out here, but after going for countless pharmacies non of them stock it, infact its quite laughable it seems :/ we were adviced to go to the hospital and speak to a dr there. wander if anyone knows of anyway of getting them? Its restricting us as to where we can travel, so atm we've only stuck to cebu and bohol but we want to go to negros and tagatay but they are all malarial zones, can someone please advice me?
It seems that comprehensive internet sources on malaria are minimal which is ridiculous.

Any advice would be greatly,greatly aprecaited thankyou Reply to this

8 years ago, September 28th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #119872  
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Can you use Doxycycline? Doxy is often used as a malaria preventative. I would think that Doxy should be easy to get from a pharmacy or a hospital.


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8 years ago, September 28th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #119932  
Typically you take 100mg Doxy tabs once a day (with a meal), preferably at the same time each day. Some people get sun sensitivity but I had no side effects, it also prevents a host of other insect born diseases like leptospiridosis (sp?) and other types of infection. You should be able to find it there. Reply to this

8 years ago, September 29th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #119972  
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Thankyou very much for your help. im a bit confused thoug because doxy is just an antibiotic..ive had it at home before..will it really act as an anti malarial?x Reply to this

8 years ago, September 29th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #119989  
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"Thankyou very much for your help. im a bit confused thoug because doxy is just an antibiotic..ive had it at home before..will it really act as an anti malarial?x"

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Sometimes you just have to trust what doctors and other specialists say and not worry so much about the "how!"

I know that when you check with doctors and Google up links on Malaria - Doxy shows up a lot - they all can't be wrong! Besides, if you can't find any other stuff in the Philippines what are you going to do?




I am surprised you could not find old fashioned Quinine. Although this remedy has been mostly replaced by better drugs.


Always read up on side affects and how to properly take any medicine! I have used Doxy for years, it was first prescribed to me when I was in the military.
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8 years ago, September 29th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #120021  
Well I am not too big on blind trust either but as I understand it the Doxy destroys the embryos of the malarial bacteria so they cant reproduce. The nice thing about Doxy is it is effective for all known strains of malaria, as opposed to most other drugs which are only effective against certain strains. Reply to this

8 years ago, September 30th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #120033  
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cool, ive asked the pharamacies around here and they stock it, so im sorted, thanks very much ^_^ Reply to this

8 years ago, October 4th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #120340  
it's okay to go to negros and tagaytay even without prophylaxis! these areas are out of the red zone for malaria! maybe you we're looking for quinine or quinidine... you can just buy it in drugstores in palawan, but in other regions you have to get it from the department of health. Doxycycline is our current choice for prophylaxis. you take it at 100 mg once a day, 1 week before you go to the malaria infested region, then take it daily during your stay there and continue taking it once a day for 4 weeks after you have left.... 😊 Reply to this

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