Buying Malaria tablets in Tanzania or Malawi
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 1:43 PM Last Post By: metvier
Oct 4, 2012 4:39 AM
Oct 4, 2012 5:34 AM
1Which anti-malarial are you planning on taking?
I know malarone isn't approved for that length of time so it would be doxy or larium.
I think both should be available but get advice locally on reputable pharmacies as there are fakes around.
However, if you opt for larium this is only a weekly tablet so 6 months supply is only about 30 tablets and will hardly weigh you down.
Oct 4, 2012 6:19 AM
Oct 4, 2012 6:21 AM
3Are you sure to take for such a long time Anti Malaria? Ask a doctor, what is his/her recommendation. I don't know anyone living here, who takes it. When you get sick, there is very good medication available for a cheaper price then Europe.
Oct 4, 2012 7:46 AM
Oct 4, 2012 7:55 AM
Experts in other areas reached different conclusions and that limitation never applied outside the EU. The UK's current position is that Malarpne can probably be taken for at least a year, although the licensing restriction still applies.
Malarone is licensed for sale in Kenya, under the brand name Malanil. I had to previously heard of its availability in Tanzania.
Oct 4, 2012 9:25 AM
6I'm with Mrs Trellis.
Each Larium box has eight tablets, one for each week so 4 packets. Space is 120mm x 60mm x 45mm, hardly rattling around if larium is your drug of choice.
The only other thing I would add is there are plenty of 'Fake' drugs being sold in Tz according to the expat community here.
Oct 5, 2012 12:18 AM
Oct 5, 2012 12:23 PM
8You will be able to buy stand-by medication at pharmacies (try bigger ones in major cities or hospital pharmacies). Ask for Coartem/Riamed (Artemether and Lumefantrin) or a generic. Not so sure about the availability in smaller towns and villages (the medication is inexpensive so you can buy it on stock).
Oct 30, 2012 1:43 PM
9Coartem is available in Malawi, certainly in the major towns. I used to live in Malawi for over two years and could buy it without any hassle.
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