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    US troops haunted by malaria drug.

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    I read this the other day and I guess I honestly don't understand why he didn't flush the pills. This isn't a mandated 'we're going to watch you swallow it' drug during deployments. If I started tripping balls every time I took a drug I would stop taking it, period. I know there were other stories of one dose changing personalities, but the story that stood out to me was the guy who just kept taking the medication.

    Luckily it seems Malarone is the more prescribed drug these days, at least in DH's job field.
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    i dont understand why this was so commonly given knowing the side effects when there are so many antimalarial drugs that don't cause anything.
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    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. If you're having physical/noticeable reactions to a med there's no way I'd keep taking them.

    DH has been given Melfoquine for every deployment, he's never taken them.
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    I think for DH it is the third option. He has Malarone now, I actually made sure I checked before he left after reading this article.
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    I agree with the general consensus. Yes, in the military you're expected to follow orders, but you also need to be smart enough to know when to refuse.

    It's unfortunate this guy didn't realize this difference.

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    I forgot which medicine DH took, but I remember him saying he didn't like taking it because it gave him vivid, weird dreams.

    I'm surprised we dont' have drugs with fewer side effects tbh. But maybe there's not a whole lot of demand for developing new anti-malaria drugs or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tojai View Post
    I forgot which medicine DH took, but I remember him saying he didn't like taking it because it gave him vivid, weird dreams.

    I'm surprised we dont' have drugs with fewer side effects tbh. But maybe there's not a whole lot of demand for developing new anti-malaria drugs or something.
    Most places with lost of malaria don't seem to have lots of money. And drug companies are businesses, at the end of the day.
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    The physical changes/reactions you would hope be able to realize are stemming from the meds, but the psychological ones I'd imagine are a little harder to put two and two together when already surrounded by a stressful environment. I wonder how many have been diagnosed with PTSD under the guise of this drug.
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    My brother (Marine Corps) told me horror stories about taking the anti-malaria drugs. For him, it wasn't just taking them, but the fact that his corpsman had no idea what the proper dosage was and was giving one pill a day, when they were supposed to be taking one pill A WEEK. After he started getting the vivid nightmares, he stopped taking it altogether. Said he would rather risk getting malaria than have to keep dealing with the night terrors...

    Scary...
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