Malaria treatments involve a balance between ensuring that international travelers who are risk of malaria infection use the appropriate measures for prevention without taking malaria drugs unnecessarily. Only a qualified travel doctor can make an accurate assessment of your risks of getting malaria by considering all the underlying factors such as:
- Your Country (or Countries) of Destination
- Details of Your Travel Itinerary
- Specific Regions Being Visited
- Time of Year Travel Occurs
- Style or Mode of Transportation
- Quality of Your Accommodations
- Your Personal Fitness for Travel
Factors other than the traveler's physical condition include the medications that the traveler may already be taking or need to treat a pre-existing medical condition. The various types of malaria drugs have differing interactions with many common medications. If you are traveling to a high-risk region where malaria is endemic, your travel doctor may provide you with a supply of malaria pills in sufficient quantity for emergency self-treatment if you are diagnosed with the disease during your trip.
Your travel doctor's recommendations for malaria drugs will differ by the country of destination, the region of the country being traveled to and the activities that you have planned for your trip. There are several malaria drugs for travel doctor to choose for your malaria treatments, including:
- Atovaquone/Proguanil (Malarone Malaria Drugs) - Good for Last Minute Travel
- Cholroquine Antimalarial Drugs - Can Be Taken Weekly
- Doxycyline Malaria Drugs - Least Expensive Daily Medication
- Mefloquine (Lariam Anti-Malaria Pills) - Can Be Taken During Pregnancy
- Primaquine Malaria Drugs - Most Effective in Regions with High Risks
It is important to note that no antimalarial drug is 100% effective in the prevention of malaria. So, certain common sense precautions, such as the use of insect repellents, wearing of long-sleeved clothes, sleeping in a mosquito-free environment or using insecticide treated mosquito netting, must be combined with the use of malaria drugs.
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