Friday, April 30, 2010

Ode to Larium

I am begging tolerance if I exhibit the following symptoms in the next four months. It is all from the $200 medicine that gives me a 10% chance of not getting Malaria.

Upset stomach, nausea, projectile vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, muscle aches, tiredness, dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, strange dreams, lightheadedness, bizarre behavior, chest pain, fainting, fast, slow or irregular heartbeat, flu-like symptoms, chills, fever, loss of balance or coordination, memory problems, mental or mood changes, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, paranoia, restlessness, confusion, numb or tingly of hands or feet, red, swollen or blistered skin, ringing in the ears, seizures, severe or persistent cough, shortness of breath, suicidal thoughts or attempts, symptoms of liver problems, yellowing of the skin or eyes, persistent tiredness, tremor or vision changes.

Those are just the ones before an allergic reaction. So far I have had the strange dreams, bizarre behavior, nausea, and mood changes. Can’t wait to take another one tonight.


  1. why, oh why are you on Larium? Was detoxin not an option?

  2. The doctor wouldn't let me get Doxi because it doesn't prevent some mosquito egg blah blah or something. I put up a fight... I might just stop taking it in the field. If it stays the way it has been though I'll be fine. He said he would switch me if the signs showed up before I left.

    What are you taking?

  3. I'm on detoxin. My nurse said that it wasn't as strong as larium, but she'd had some rough cases with people who'd been on it. So, I could risk the Larium, pay $7 a day for an alternative, or just settle with Detoxi (25c per day).

    I'm cheap, so detoxi and I are fast buddies now