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Old 23-02-2007, 6:09 PM
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I have just been quoted £80 per person for malria tablets from Boots for 8 weeks supply, is there anywher cheaper?

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I got some online for my dd when she went to India for about 14 quid with freepost. I can`t remember which site but I googled and went with the one that gave me advise to which ones to take for the area she visited.
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Travelpharm are very reasonable and also have a country list which recommends the best type of tablet for your destination. Is this the one you meant beautifulgorgeous?

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Hello Rashid

I'll move your thread to the 'Health & Beauty' board, where it should get more responses.

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Old 23-02-2007, 8:03 PM
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We got ours on prescription and only paid the prescription fee,why would you have to buy them?
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Where are you going? It's usually cheaper to buy them when you get there. I buy enough to take before I go and a few days extra, then buy the rest when I arrive for a fraction of the price.

Livinginhope: Don't know how you managed that, AFAIK the NHS don't fund them.
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livinginhope, I asked my doctor the same question and I was told that because malaria is non existent here the NHS don't see why it should be provided for just a prescription cost. I went to Africa with my three-year old last year in May and I paid about £80.00 at Boots for both of. You do get alternitives but if you don't have an immunity (I grew up there but have been here for 6 years so took them anyway) they don't reccommend alternatives.

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Which malaria tablets are they? Malarone? Is it a private prescription that you've got? If so, I think Tesco Pharmacy do them quite cheap.
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We are happy to provide a quote for you.

We charge £2.15 per tablet for Malarone Tablets

£20 for the Paludrine/Avloclor (7 week pack)

£10 for Doxycycline (7 week pack)

All these need a private prescription.

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Sorry if my post has mislead anyone,we got ours on prescription when we went to Egypt a few years ago,obviously things have changed since then and they are now no longer available.
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but if you don't have an immunity
a ridiculous and dangerous thing to think - no one has immunity from malaria
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The price will very much depend on WHICH malaria tablets you are taking. There are four main types: lariam, malarone, doxycycline (brand names include vibramycin) and the proguanil/choloroquine combination (brand names include avloclor and paludrine).

The p/c combination is usually very cheap BUT malaria is resistant to it in a lot of countries so your doctor may have advised you to take one of the others, which are all more expensive but much more effective in lots of countries. Do not ignore his advice on this just because p/c is cheaper!

Bettyboop is right, the NHS won't pay as we don't need malaria tablets to live in the UK.

Depending on where you're going you MAY be able to buy the tablets more cheaply when you get to your destination, but again depends on which ones you are meant to take. I know you can buy doxycycline quite cheaply over the counter in Thailand (in Boots!) but not malarone or lariam as they are still prescription-only even in Asia. However some types of malaria tablets need to be started well before you go on your holiday, and also there's a chance you might not be able to get them or might be sold fake tablets (I wouldn't buy them off the internet here for the same reason).

Really the only way to do this, for the sake of your health, is to take this as a necessary cost of your holiday (like flights and hotels) and buy them here. Sorry! If it helps I paid approx £1/tablet for malarone at my local (north London) pharmacy.
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I have heard that tesco is cheap to buy malarone but do not know how! I have looked on the internet and tesco doesn't appear to have a pharmacy! Any help would be greatly appreiciated as am going to mombassa in 7 weeks and there are 8 of us that have been recommended to take malarone. Have been quoted £45 each for a 24tablet course from a local pharmacy, don't know if i can get them cheaper or if this is a good price? Please help!!
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lunatic- large tesco extras have a pharmacy- maybe ask there?
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these are the prices Ive found having hunted them out - FOR MALARONE

2.10 per tablet - travelpharm .com
2.13 per tablet - chemist direct.co.uk
20.00 per box of 12- equalling 1.66 per tablet, from interhealth.org.uk ( not clear if you have to be a member to get them at this price?) ( only 3 boxes per person at this rate)
stratford-pharmacy.co.uk - 1.99 per tablet
tesco ( i rang my local one, in london e11) definately NOT the cheapest, at 50.42 for my course ( 22 tabs) 2.91 per tablet, although she said the mor3e you buy the cheaper it is....
asda instore - rang them they quoted me 50.42 - 2.91 per tablet
local boots quoted me- 66 for 24. 2.75 per tablet
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i've been prescribed 40x Avloclor and 200x Paludrine for first part of my trip. anyone know how much ii'm likely to be charged for these when i go to the pharmacy? and does it vary depending on where i go?

also i'm on JSA. will that get me any money off?
i know my friend used his HC2 form to blag his for free but think he got lucky.
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i've been prescribed 40x Avloclor and 200x Paludrine for first part of my trip. anyone know how much ii'm likely to be charged for these when i go to the pharmacy? and does it vary depending on where i go?

also i'm on JSA. will that get me any money off?
i know my friend used his HC2 form to blag his for free but think he got lucky.
they should be quite cheap as they are very standard drugs to take.

i really doubt that you can get a discount becuse of JSA - the whole reason who can't get things like this on the NHS is because going away to exotic places that require malaria tablets is a luxury and not a necessity. the logic is that if you can afford the trip, you can afford the medication too - which i think is entirely fair!
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I searched for the cheapest place for Malarone a couple of months ago, and found the cheapest place was boots online
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I searched for the cheapest place for Malarone a couple of months ago, and found the cheapest place was boots online
TAKETWO - iVE JUST SEARCHED ON boots online, and they dont seem to stock it :confused:
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