Sunday, April 4, 2010
Here in central Africa, they sell Coartem at the pharmacy which does a great deal to alleve the symptoms. It is made by Novartis and although it may be a prescription medication elsewhere, it is purchased over the counter here.
Some of my friends from the environmental NGO's have had it several times after being in the bush. Everyone says it is no big deal and they would rather deal with it if/when they get it, rather than take the US prescriptions, which may be preventative, but do not provide absolute protection. If you get malaria while taking malarone, the recommended response is to take a higher dosage after you get it. That's so "American".