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In Topic: Malaria

21 August 2014 - 02:13 PM

Well, I just took the first Malarone pill a few hours ago....gotta say, I feel a bit dizzy.  Anyone with experience, does this get better after a day or so?  If not, the doxycycline might need to take over.

In Topic: Malaria

21 August 2014 - 05:46 AM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I needed up getting a prescription for malerone (generic). I will start taking it today, and continue until 2 weeks after I get back from png. No long term use.

I also have mosquito spray already packed. Hopefully I won't need it much! Want to be underwater most of the time.
Thanks again,

In Topic: Malaria

09 August 2014 - 08:46 AM



All drugs have some side-effects, and based on my experience, Malarone is the best. The 3 drugs that I've been prescribed for diving in malaria zones  are: Malarone, Doxycycline, and Lariam. 


Doxycycline increases sun-sensitivity, and while I've used it, it was a bad choice while on the equator and constantly exposed to intense water reflection and sun. None of my dive group uses it.


Lariam is known to cause neurological and psycholgical symptoms in some people, and as of last year, carries a 'black box' warning from the FDA. Most of us had mood swings on Lariam, some found it unpleasant.


Malarone has been known to cause vivid dreams in some people, but when I do a live aboard, those that are taking anti-malarial drugs are always using Malarone, and no one complains about it.


Hope this helps,



Good Info Cameron.  I am wondering if just keeping up on the sunscreen would be okay with the doxycycline?

In Topic: Komodo - Macro

09 August 2014 - 08:18 AM

Thanks Guys!

In Topic: PNG Baggage restrictions

26 July 2014 - 06:48 AM

Are you sure you can't check baggage all the way through? I've done it after arriving at BNE on at least 4 different airlines. Just go to the transfer desk, show the bag claim number, and they do the rest. Seems weird that it would require entering Australia only to check in again, rather than going to the transfer desk while in transit. But I have not had to do this myself so can't be sure.
If you did have to go through immigration and customs with your luggage, check in upstairs, then go back through the process the other direction, 2 hours is comfortable. BNE is not large and rarely very congested, and once you're checked in you're safe.

I am pretty sure. Though I will update this thread after my trip. Apparently air nuigini doesn't want to play nice with virgin Australia, because VA has created competition by not screwing the consumer flying into png. So they don't want to work with them at all. The more I read about the travel issues....the costs....the worrying about safety...png is really not appealing. I am excited for the trip, but I have stressed about this more than any other trip I have had. We will see if it's all for not. We are going to be about 30 lbs over each for the interior flight. So hopefully they don't charge us $2000. Which is what I read from some blogs.

I did learn yesterday, that there is a later flight in the day from Bne to Pom. So I am not as concerned with the 2 layover anymore. I thought it was once a day kind of deal. If we miss it they said we would just get put on that later flight.