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Old 05-08-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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Anybody else get a little sicky with these? It definitely worsens around the doses (there are four every other day) and I spent a lot of the day Sunday whining in bed.

Kicker is, I read online that they aren't super effective either! I think one figure was 62%!! Suck...

(Though I don't believe everything I read on the internets...)
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I just recently finished taking them, I was told they were just as effective and last longer than the shot. I didn't have any weird reactions to them, but I took them right before bed so I could sleep through it. I remember maybe having some very slight cramping, but I think that was mostly nerves that they might bother me since they had to be taken on an empty stomach. Have you talked to your doctor?
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I still have to take mine (I've had them in the fridge since February). The pills last for much longer than the shots (2 years vs. 6 years I believe) and the shot is less effective. The low rate with the pills is because people usually don't take the doses correctly. Side effects are common with it because you're supposed to take it on an empty stomach and wait two hours until you can eat or drink anything other than water. Usually I have to take milk or bread with anti-biotics. If you notice a rash or are still not feeling good after a few days you should probably call up your doctor.
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I had no issues with mine and I took the pills too. Oh well, a little discomfort is better than the alternatives!
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uh? What are these and should I be taking them?
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Yeah, I'm fine now. The discomfort really only lasted 8-10 hours after taking the dose, and I definitely took my last one in the middle of the night so I wouldn't feel so weird at work. And only one day (third dose) actually sucked instead of just being annoying. I took everything as directed, so I'm not too concerned. It's just that I learned after the third day that I should keep my stomach empty-ish all day after taking, just as a precaution.

Dunno, Jake - I looked it up on one page and it says the vaccine is recommended for Guam:
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Recommended immunisations: *diphtheria, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, polio, *TB, tetanus, typhoid.

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From what I hear, they give all kids Hep A and B now as part of the standard childhood immunizations. I think they are good to get regardless of where you go, because Hep is a risk anywhere, and the vaccines are no big deal, three shots over a 6 month period. Why take a chance when you don't need to? Typhoid, the same thing. Just do it.
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From what I hear, they give all kids Hep A and B now as part of the standard childhood immunizations.
Weird, one of my ex teammates just caught Hep A... She said she got it from eating at Applebees, now I don't know much about Hep A... But I'm probably going to go ahead and call shenanigans on that one...
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I believe Hep A is transmitted through food contaminated by fecal matter (from restaurant employees not washing hands usually). It is not uncommon for people to contract it from restaurants. Less developed countries pose more risk due to less stringent hygiene standards.

Hep B is contracted via blood (similar to HIV), and so sex, sharing needles, etc are primary ways people contract it.

Sounds like your friend is probably right.
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