Yes, another malaria question. I'm sorry.
I recently went to see a doctor because I'm going to travel to countries that have malaria. I'm beyond scared of this disease and wanted to discuss different options of prevention. I'm going to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and Malaysia.
I got Lariam. I originally wanted Malarone because I heard it has the least amount of side effects. But the doctor told me that I can't take Melarome in Vietnam or Laos because they are resistant to this medicine? Is it true? Should I go to a different doctor to get another opinion?
I read a lot of stories about people who took Lariam and everything sounds so horrible. I'm also traveling alone so now I'm paranoid about going at all. What if I get seizures or serious hallucinations and I'm all alone? Also not fond of those super vivid nightmares. Also, my doctor ONLY mentioned nausea and stomach ache for the side effects. And also he said that I should start taking it one week before I go to a country infected with malaria and the on the internet I read that it should be two to three weeks. Wth...? I don't know who to trust.
Of course, I understand that the side effects are nothing compared to actually getting malaria?
I don't know. I want to travel really badly and I'm so excited but sometimes I feel like I shouldn't go at all because I'm so scared of all these diseases like malaria and dengue fewer and now I'm even scared of these pills.
Would you guys have any advice for me? It's my first time dealing with any of this. I'm a 23-year old female from a European country.
My main questions are if Vietnam and Laos are resistant to malarone? And should I go to another doctor? And if I should go at all if I'm this scared? I could just stick with Hong Kong, Singapore and maybe Japan.
Thank you for any answers! :)