Our expert says:
Does not sound like you were given the options from what to take.
Firstly Mozambique is an all year risk so have to take preventative measures.If your accomodation is 5 star with Mosquitoe nets and you are in Maputo you may get away with no tablets. DDT spraying has been very effective in reducing risk South of Maputo. However if you are in Beach accomodation or roughing it you will need tablets.
Mefliam is a nice cheap option convenient to take. However if there is any depression or anxiety problems then it should not be prescribed. I always advise patients to test drive buy bying one tablet and testing its effect. You need 2 doses a week apart before entering malaria area.to be effective so one has time to play with.
There are 2 other alternatives. Malanil at R47 RAND A TABLET TO BE TAKEN NIGHT BEFORE .DAILY AND 7 DAYS AFTER LEAVING AREA. sHORT TRAVEL THIS IS A GOOD ALTERNATIVE..
The option is doxycycline, antibiotic to be taken day before. daily amd then for 4 weeks after leaving area. Can make you sun sensitive and must be taken with full glass of water to prevent it causing heart burn if it gets stuck in your oesphagus.
However remember tabard lotion and cover up 2with long sleeves light weight long pants and socks at dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are midnight feeders!Regards,
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