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In Topic: Malaria

09 August 2014 - 11:33 AM

I suppose sunscreen would help, depending on your skin sensitivity, and how exposed to the sun you are, but quite frankly it seems silly to take a drug that's known to increase sun sensitivity when you know you're going to the equator and are going to be on the water for an extended period of time. Most divers take Malarone because they have acceptable results while using it on dive trips.


If it were me, unless the doctor could cite lots of literature supportive of Doxy and against Malarone, I'd get a new doctor.


Btw, I've never had a doctor who was adverse to prescribing Malarone.


I'm sure you'll have a great time whichever way you go!

In Topic: Malaria

09 August 2014 - 08:19 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,