Since September 2011 I had malaria falciparum. The first medication I took was Coartem, after 2 weeks I had the same symptoms then the test was +1.5 ,i took Coartem again. 2 weeks after the doctor gave me Malarone ,then 19 days it come back . the doc. gave me Quinine -tablets without doxycycline. but no thing change.
Until now each 14-25 days the malaria comes back, I ask my doctor to do any extra test or to do any thing else, but he told me that “I don’t have severe malaria.” So why all this medication but i still sick??
On 10 feb 2012 I took Artequin. I feel better but after 15 days it came back , then I take Artequin again. I`m confused what to do?
I think I replied to the comment you made on the “Diagnostic Advice” Q&A post – I will copy the response I wrote there below:
It is certainly unusual to have such persistent malaria; usually Coartem cures it very quickly. Where are you obtaining your medication? It could be that the drugs you took were out of date (expired) or counterfeit; this can decrease efficacy and lead to a reduction of symptoms but not a complete cure. Also, what kind of test is your doctor using? If it is a blood smear, you might want to ask if another technician could read the slides, to double-check the diagnosis. I have seen cases elsewhere in Africa where doctors diagnose malaria by default without really examining the blood slide closely. You could try to get a malaria rapid diagnostic test; this looks for specific proteins associated with malaria infection in your blood, and can be more sensitive than blood slides. You can even perform these tests at home, so double check what the doctor tells you.
Otherwise, if you are truly getting re-infected very rapidly, you should look into more effective preventive measures against getting bitten by mosquitoes. This includes sleeping under a long-lasting insecticide treated bednet, wearing long-sleeved clothing at night and in the evenings and applying insecticide to exposed skin.