Doxycycline is a multi-functional antibiotic treatment that can be used to prevent and treat malaria. It works by allowing the immune system to kill the infection by stopping the reproduction of bacteria of the infection before it becomes harmful. An effective treatment that works best in countries where the malaria disease is tolerant of traditional malaria treatment, for maximum protection Doxycycline should be taken two days before travelling, during the trip and four after returning.
Doxycycline is an alternative to Malarone and Paludrine/Avloclor that can effectively protect against strains of the malaria virus that have become resistant to chloroquine. This treatment is also much milder than other anti-malarials and is a well-tolerated antibiotic, which means that side effects are less of a risk. Unlike Malarone, Doxycycline can be taken for longer than 28 days, if required.
Doxycycline can effectively prevent a malaria infection from developing, because it's able to affect various functions within the malaria parasite which allows it to multiply once inside your body. If the parasite can't multiply, it'll simply die and be expelled by the body, or it will be taken out by your body's immune system.
This antibiotic is generally recommended to people who are travelling abroad to areas where malaria is a risk, but in particular those strains that have become resistant to chloroquine. In general Doxycycline is well tolerated, but it can pose a risk to those under the age of 12, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and people with acute porphyrias. You should consider an alternative anti-malarial treatment if you are allergic to the active ingredient in this medication.
You should inform your doctor during your online travel consultation or face-to-face consultation, if you have any other medical problems or are taking any medications.
It's important that you start taking Doxycycline a minimum of 48 hours before you are likely to reach your holiday destination, as this will ensure that it has built up enough in your system to provide you with effective coverage should you get exposed to malaria early on in your holiday. You should continue taking Doxycycline every day throughout your holiday until four weeks after leaving the malaria risk area.
The side effects of Doxycycline are rare, but they are a possibility. The most commonly experienced side effects are luckily mild and can mostly be avoided by taking Doxycycline with meals. Some side effects may include stomach issues, thrush or heart burn. Doxycycline can also make you more sensitive to the effects of the sun, so if you are going to a sunny location, it's a good idea to take extra precautions and cover up.
If you experience any serious side effects or an allergic reaction, it's vital that you seek medical help straight away.
Travel preparations can be stressful; this is why OnlineClinic provides you with a way to get your travel medications online before you leave. In order to help you ensure that Doxycycline is the right anti-malarial for you, we ask that you complete a quick online consultation. This will only be checked by our doctor and if they find everything to be in order; your treatment will be shipped from our pharmacy for overnight delivery.
Please note that the manufacturer of Doxycycline may differ from that shown on the image above, but the ingredients, benefits and possible side effects of the medication will be the same. The tablets may be dispensed in plain white packaging with the dosage information included.
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