Doxycycline and Malaria

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I have been given Doxycycline as anit-malarials. I was alittle surprised when I got the info book out to read this drug is also used to treat other things, I was under the impression that anti-malarials were drugs in themselfs. Obviously not!

Seems abit silly to me on the front it says \"avoid exposing skin to direct sunlight\" well that is slighty hard because I am going to south africa which is why I am taking these!

Just wondering if anyone has taken these for anti-malarials and what your experiences are?

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    I was prescribed these for a holiday in Tanzania. I have travelled all over the world and lived for 3 years in Singapore and in the early years never even used sun block and was never sunburned. The first game drive in Tanzania I went back looking like a beetroot and that was in a closed vehicle with only the look-out. I would advise you not to take these. Could spoil your complete holiday.

    Jean

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Too late now really because I have already paid for them and they were the ones that my docter has recommened me for the area I am going. I have to pick up another pack on Monday so I will ask then about the sun.

    I was planning to buy 50+ sun cream anyway so hopefully this will give some protection.

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    I was using 35+ at the time, which didn't help me but please let me know how you get along with your 50+. I am off on a tiger safari in October but think I will still stick to Malarone although very expensive.

    Jean

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    Oh that sounds great, I am doing a wildlife conservation course in Kruger National Park.

    I will let you know how I get on with the 50+.

    When I asked in the pharmacy about anti-malarals they said Malarone is £100 for me to cover my stay. However, my docter said this can be bought over the counter and the one I needed was only given my prescription.

    I then got a private prescription for the Doxycycline which was £16. Very cheap, I was expecting to pay about £30-40.

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