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What is the chemical make up of lariam. What is the specific chemical in this drug that would react with the amygdala?
Mefloquine: Lariam® is mefloquine, an antimalarial drug. It can cause neuropsychiatric side effects like confusion, irrational fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, and others. I'm not a neuroscientist and don't know if any of these are related to the amygdala. Other antimalarial drugs usually can be substituted it. If you have such symptoms, immediately see a doctor experienced in malaria. ...Read more
Aka mefloquine: It is used to treat malaria. Adverse reactions - serious: cardiac conduction disturbances including qt prolongation, psychiatric reactions. Frequent: dizziness, loss of balance, sleep disturbances (especially early in therapy and in women). Early vomiting in children with malaria treatment dose. ...Read more
Latium Side Effects: Generally the lucid dreams and other more common side effects abate when the medication is stopped. However this medication can provoke more long term behavioral effects that can lead to long term complications. In the U.S. there are specific warnings (black box) against the use of this drug when there is a history of certain mental diseases / seizures. Please refer to these before using this med ...Read more
Yes: Most symptoms occur early in the therapy and will go away. ...Read more
Lariam allergy: Lariam (Mefloquine) is an Anti-parasite medication that is used to treat and prevent malaria. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse reactions see: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/lariam-side-effects.html ...Read more
My 9 month olds doctor prescribed lariam to her and since i gave her the pill she wakes up at night cry non stop which she doesn't do before?
Seek alternative: At 9 mo the kid falls into a group where the manufacturer states they don't know if it will work to prevent malaria. (any kid under 40 lb) Given the manufacturers comment and the child's response to the medication, I would stop it and find something else. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a risk/danger in taking tenoretic (atenolol and chlorthalidone) with lariam (malaria prevention)?
Yes: Mefloquine (lariam) and atenolol (tenoretic) interact with each other. Make sure that your doctor(s) know you are taking both medications as the Mefloquine increases the levels of atenolol. An easy place to find out whether medications interact with eachother is webmd (http://reference.Medscape.Com/drug-interactionchecker?Src=ppc_google&ef_id=cyrm41riaqaalpg:20101117051308:s). ...Read more
Mefloquine: Mefloquine was developed in the 1970s at the United States Department of Defense's Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a synthetic analogue of quinine. The brand name drug, Lariam, is manufactured by the Swiss company Hoffmann–La Roche. In August 2009, Roche stopped Lariam in the United States but contacting them might provide you with more history. ...Read more
Sometimes: Mefloquine is used to prevent malaria. In some people, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as vivid dreams or anxiety or depression. In those with tendency towards seizures it can cause a seizure. All these effects happen because the drug can affect your brain. Note: many people tolerate the medication just fine. Talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more
Mefloquine overdose: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug / substance is used. "Symptoms of overdose may include the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain on the right side of your stomach, dizziness, loss of balance, difficulty falling or staying asleep, unusual dreams, tingling in your fingers or toes, difficulty walking, seizures, changes in mental health" .>>>> ...Read more
Usually: Mefloquine is normally used as a preventative (keeping a person from getting malaria in the first place) Mefloquine is only a secondary potential treatment once person has some forms of malaria & must be taken in partnership with another medicine because Mefloquine doesn't fight the liver phase of malaria parasite. If this second medicine not used--malaria only partly treated & may well come back. ...Read more
Affects the brain: Mefloquine is used to prevent malaria. In some people, it can cause unpleasant side effects such as vivid dreams or anxiety or depression. In those with tendency towards seizures it can cause a seizure. All these effects happen because the drug can affect your brain. Note: many people tolerate the medication just fine. Talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you. ...Read more
I need some advice on what to do about risk of malaria on study abroad. Permitrhine, netting, mefloquine?
Seek expert advice: The good questions you ask fall squarely in the expertise of your local travel medicine provider. He or she is interested in and knowledgable about malaria and insect precautions, routine and travel related vaccines, and food/water precautions and travelers diarrhea, and that is just a start! find your expert online at www.Istm.Org (see clinic finder). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there any effect of prolong use (1 each week for a year) of mefloquine on sex life or any other area?
Yes: There are numerous potential adverse effects listed for this antimalarial drug. I am sure you have been given that info with your prescription/s. Among those are depression and emotional disturbances which may affect your libido etc significantly. But if you have taken it for a year with very little known effects, you will continue to do well most likely. Continue if malaria is a risk! ...Read more