Doxycycline — Malaria Prevention
Malaria is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Your itinerary includes travel to a malarious area. It is therefore recommended that you take a medication that decreases the risk of contracting Malaria.
If Chloroquine resistance is reported in the area of your travel (parts of Africa, South America and Asia) the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends Lariam (Mefloquine), Malarone, or Doxycycline.
Doxycycline (100mg) is taken daily. Take one pill each day starting one (1) day before entering the malarious area, each day while in the malarious area and for 28 days after leaving the area. This medicine should be taken at the same time every day and with a full glass of water (4 oz. or more). Side effects of Doxycycline include:
- Increase sun sensitivity. Use stronger sunblock or sunscreen plus protective hat/clothing. Donot use tanning equipment.
- Esophagitis (intense heartburn). Take the capsule with a full glass of water. DO NOT lie downfor at least 30 minutes.
- Yeast infection (ie athlete’s foot, jock itch, vaginitis). Use antifungal treatment. Follow package instructions.
Women who take Doxycycline
Women with a history of vaginal yeast infections who want to take Doxycycline, may want to take Fluconizole (Diflucan) to use if needed. If vaginitis occurs (white discharge, itchiness, local irritation), take one pill of Fluconizole. If this treatment is not effective within 5 days, see a Doctor.