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BEFORE YOU CONCLUDE MALARIA IS RESISTANT

BEFORE YOU CONCLUDE MALARIA IS RESISTANT

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mosquitoI just survived a bout with malaria and

in it I learnt a thing or two which I would like to share.  I have always been an advocate of being patient with a drug while it takes its course of action. Indeed some drugs may take long to manifest their action due to time required for genetic transcription or other complex mechanisms.  People can be quite impatient with antimalarials and expect immediate relief with the first dose. They come back and say the drug is not working, I have taken the 3rd dose and I just laugh and tell them if the 3rd or 4th dose was what would cure the malaria, like sulfadoxine /pyrimethamine combo (taken stat), there would absolutely not be need for the bill burden of up to six doses. One may be tempted to conclude that the malaria could be proving resistant in this era of resistance and in order to save yourself from the patients’ trouble you may just switch over to quinine or another combination. But here is the thing, while some may get some relief after taking some doses, others may not. In my own case, I get worse headache and intermittent fever few hours after taking the drug for which I have to take Paracetamol. This continued to happen till long after the last dose. I just knew I was suffering the adverse effects of this drug and was patient with it having experienced it first with another brand when I had to treat malaria last year.
Homeopathic medicine as proposed by Samuel Hahnemann operates on the law of similia similibus curantur (likes cure likes) which holds that a medicinal substance that can evoke certain symptoms in healthy people may be effective in the treatment of illnesses having similar symptoms, if given in very small doses. Recall that adverse effects of a drug are noted in healthy individuals in phase 1 clinical trials. The adverse effects of AL as retrieved from Medscape include pyrexia(25%), palpitations(18%), chills(23%), arthralgia(34%), dizziness(39%), headache(56%), sleep disorder(22%), vomiting(17%), anorexia(40%),  abdominal pain(17%),  myalgia(32%). This is to say that some of the adverse effects of AL are quite similar with the classical symptoms of malaria and most times misconstrued for poor prognosis. So may be, AL is a homeopathic-based medicine as against allopathic.

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