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greenlyme
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Hi folks,
I had a question about Malarone: my LLMD in SF called in a prescription yesterday for Malarone (250/100) - 3 tablets x 2 = 6 tablets per day with 2 tablets/day of Zithromax. When I picked it up the pharmacist wanted me to check again with the doctor - she said she was concerned that the dose was too high and she herself checked with the doctor who ok'd it. I couldn't call my LLMD to double-check because it is the weekend. I'm just wondering if 6 tablets of Malarone per day for 30 days is excessive? What do I need to watch out for - say symptoms that indicate liver failure or other organ failure?

I've been on Mepron and Lariam several years before and I thought I'd kicked Babesia - but it seems to be back again with all the classic symptoms.

I am grateful for any advice!!

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6 tablets Malarone = 2 tsp. Mepron (+ the other drug that is in Malarone)

When used for Malaria prevention, the dosage of Malarone is one per day, that is probably why your pharmacist wondered.

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I took four a day and then bumped it up to six a day for a few months and I was fine. I'm pretty tiny too. I do reccomend eating it with a fairly large meal though - if I didn't it tore up my stomach to pieces.

Other than that, no other side effects except feeling a whole lot better [Smile]

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Thanks guys! This has been very helpful - I'll sleep better tonight - I owe you people.
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Geneal
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I couldn't do six a day.

Made me break out in little red bumps (painful) in my mouth.

My LLMD rec's 4 a day. Two in am and two in pm.

I weighed in at a whopping 99lbs for this dosage.

However, have been up to 115lbs on same dose.

Make sure to take with fat for better absorption.

Watch the zithromax.

I couldn't take that with food.

It gave me ear ringing which meant I couldn't take it anymore.

Hugs,

Geneal

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