Some Troubling Thoughts On Anti-Malaria Medicines


Published: April - 2006

What are hunters doing these days to keep from getting malaria when they go hunting in Africa and other parts of the world? I ask that because I have had some troubling experiences personally with anti-malaria medicines and because I am picking up reports of other hunters having such problems. Let me start with one of my own experiences.

Two years ago, when I was preparing to go hunting in Democratic Republic of Congo, my physician recommended I take Larium as a malaria prophylaxis. He warned me that some individuals react badly to this medicine but, given the seriousness of the malaria threat in Congo, he thought I should take it.

I accepted his advice and began the regime as recommended, only to fall prey to what I now know are fairly common side effects of the drug namely, vivid dreams, strange ideation and even an episode of hallucination. The latter occurred one night as PH Nicky Blunt and I waited in a tree blind over a waterhole. Seems I dozed off at one point and began to have a vivid dream of being in the very tree blind where I was. Then, abruptly, I woke up (or seemed to wake up) to find that the tree had turned upside down. I can remember vividly the experience of looking down at the ground, clutching wildly at the tree to keep from falling.

The next morning, I shared the experience in camp, and that jarred loose a landslide of similar stories about normally well-balanced clients experiencing insomnia, having terrifying dreams and/or falling into suicidal depression on safari.

Here is a Larium experience Hunting Report subscriber Mel Toponce recently shared with me: Before I left on a safari to Mozambique last September, I began taking Lariam on advice of my doctor. The first sign of trouble was during my flight to Africa when I was unable to sleep, which is very unusual for me. On arrival in Maputo, I took some sleeping pills and was able to get a........(continued)

 
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