Pills in the US and Europe can be relatively expensive but at least you are are assured that:-
a. they are genuine and not fake.
b. They are full doseage and not doctored or tampered with.
Malaria is the biggest killer in Africa. Why take risks just to save a few $$ on a trip costing $1000s more?
Get them from your pharmacy at home.Edited: 6 years ago
I purchased some Malarone from Costco in 2012. That was the cheapest I found. (I got some again this year but it was covered by my health insurance - Atovaquone-Proguanil - is the generic version I got - $21). Along with the possibility of getting bad drugs in EBB, you are supposed to start them before you get into the Malaria area - another thing to consider. This site might help?
My husband has taken doxy, which is very inexpensive.Edited: 6 years ago
Thanks for your responses. I was hoping that the clinic in the EBB airport would be reputable, and not sell fake pills. Of course, I'm interested in getting it for the cheapest price I can, and my thought was that-- since the demand for Malaria pills is greater in Uganda than it is here, it would drive the prices down..
I like the doxy option, but then again, I'm unsure about taking antibiotics, it seems really destructive.
Better come with your pills from the USA
Okay, message clear! :) I'll get a prescription here, then.
I've just bought the generic, instead of the brand, and saved 66%. I have no idea why I never thought of doing this before!
No idea which clinic you are referring to at the airport though.
Anyone reading this from the UK, might like to know that Asda (Walmart company) is selling for £1 each, with appointment, no Dr's prescription needed.
I've just bought mine from Tesco pharmacy (UK) and was charged about £1.37 per tablet for the generic version without a prescription, all you need to do is fill out a health questionnaire. It was roughly double to purchase it using the prescription plus a £10 fee to the doctor to write the prescription.
Malarone is the easiest to take without psychotic episode possibilities, and is now generic in North America. As much as it might be 'in demand' in Africa, one doesn't know the efficacy and most can't afford it regardless of price. African strain of malaria is particularly lethal so not worth risking. Even with anti-malarials, one wants to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible. It is not 100% avoidable. Also daytime mossies may cause dengue fever, night time - malaria. Cover up is the easiest solution. There are altitudes and coolness where malaria carrying mosquitos are not around, however, in Uganda, it is difficult to arrange your itinerary to reduce the number of days one needs to take the meds. In other places of the world, you can build your itinerary by altitude and reduce the number of days and thus the cost, but not so easy in Africa. Have two less Starbucks coffees and ensure you have sufficient coverage for a life threatening, or recurring disease.
Reading Girl - that's useful information. My dispensary at surgery, offered tablets at £1.12 each, without need to see GP.
Always worth checking the alternatives!