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Anti-Malaria tablets- OK?

I am thinking of going to Kenya on safari for my big birthday next summer. does anyone know if the anti-malaria tablets are contra-indicated with Pred.? Also any of the other vaccinations not to be used?

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I don't know the answer to your query but your local pharmacy or your doctor would know if it's safe to take the meds.

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Hello, well done for thinking so far ahead. I’d go to a Travel clinic because it’s their daily work and are used to people presenting with complex medical problems who need to be viewed holistically rather than someone just looking up the vaccine in a medicines book. Docs don’t know these things unless they specialise in it; I know, I worked with them. Travel health is a lot more involved than just vaccinations and pills because there are so many other infectious risks not covered by them to be aware of and it may affect your plans. Kenya is a high risk for malaria so going without antimalarials would be extremely foolhardy, but there are options. Yellow fever is also a potential issue in some areas and the vaccine is live so may be contraindicated for you. You need to have a proper risk assessment done for you.

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If you google contraindications in medicines you will get some useful information.

I went to Kenya a few years ago and found that the anti malarial tablets gave me the permanent runs. I had opted for the non Larium one because of the psychotic effects that I feared. Now I would be concerned about retaining enough Prednisalone in my system, as well as two meds that have psychosis in the side effects. There are also all the inoculations to individually, consider. I needed a Yellow Fever certificate to enter the country and had to have a Measles jab amongst others.

You need qualified pharmaceutical advice on this.

Surely there is a way to have this wonderful experience safely.

I wish you every bit of good fortune that enables this dream to happen.

We had an unforgettable, amazing experience. In spite of going at election time and being caught in a gun battle. We all hit the floor of the Safari bus whilst the driver sped through. Later we found bullet dents in the side of the vehicle.

Let us know what you discover. My wealthy bil goes on Safari

to South Africa. I was born in Nairobi and would love to go back but it’s a bit benighted I’m afraid.

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Wow! That was quite an experience! I do know South Africa has non-malarial areas but doesn't look as good for a first safari experience. I think calling a travel clinic is a good idea for the expert advice. Thank you all. I can always rely on a useful response here!

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Any live vaccines should be regarded as out-of-bounds. Travel clinics may be able to help but I doubt you would get better advice than here:

thehtd.org/travelclinic.aspx

If the Hospital for Tropical Diseases doesn't know - who is likely to!

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Hi

I contracted the local hospital for tropical disease when we went and all injections where given buy them with a host of helpful information

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Hi Suzy. I was in Kenya a couple of months ago and I took Malarone...no side effects at all. I was on 5mg Pred at the time but my understanding is these two drugs are not contraindicated so should be fine if you are on a higher dose. You will have the most amazing time! I’ve got friends there and it’s a wonderful country to visit.

Judy

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Thank you for all your help. I just got an e-mail back from Dr. Hughes and the news is that yellow fever is fine with Pred. as are the anti-malarials. That is a relief!!

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That's handy to know - someone asked about yellow fever on another forum this morning.

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