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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm off to Gambia (Africa) soon and was wondering if there any malaria pills I should avoid taking due to taking ASACOL and prednisolone?  Is it ok to take Larium?  Thanks.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I think your question would best be answered by a doctor who specializes in infectious medicine. Your trip sounds great! Have a good time.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/6/2008 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Or your pharmacist (chemist?) should be able to check on this for you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I took Malarone (1/dy) and seemed to be fine with it. I know some can make disoriented, but only need to take it 1/wk or something, so it is worth asking about the options.
Pancolitis '04
Yet to ever go into remission: maintaining at the moment
Taking Rowasa, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Borage Oil, Iron, Oregano Oil

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   Posted 3/8/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   


I took Malarone too when I went to Africa and was absolutely fine. I was told that it was generally the best one that had the least reported side effects so that was recommended to me then...quite pricey though, worth shopping around on the net..

Enjoy Africa! :)

27 yr old female
Diagnosed Feb 2005 with pancolitis
Asacol: 2x3 daily, 50mg Imuran (since March 2006-in remission)
Multivitamin, SCD yoghurt


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   Posted 3/9/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I took malarone when i went to SA and Mozambique and experienced a major flair (i was on asacol at the time) but it very well might have been something else that caused it. Word to the wise, always drink imported water even if people say its safe--safe for people generally is not the same as safe for colitis! Next time I go I plan on taking the once a week pill, i'd rather halucinate than have a flair.

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   Posted 3/9/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I took chloroquine for 6 weeks while on the Asacol when I was on it, and didn't have a problem. I would definitely talk to your doctor though.
15 cm left sided colitis
Now tapering Cortenema and alternating with Rowasa.
Lialda 4.8 gms since Feb '08
Lialda has been amazing!
I think I'm in remission. :)

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