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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
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 more
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
Yes: The best resources I have found for travel related information is the cdc and a website called travax. ...Read more
My wife and I have been trying to get pregnant. A trip to Africa just came up and we do not know if she is pregnant. Is it ok for her to take mefloquine?
Antimalarials: Some antimalarial medications are considered safe to take during pregnancy. A pregnant woman is advised not to go to areas where malaria is quite prevalent. Your question would be best answered by an expert in public health and infectious diseases as well as by your obstetrician. ...Read more
Now Category B: The fda has upgraded Mefloquine to a category b drug and the cdc now recommends this medicine for prevention and treatment of malaria in all trimesters of pregnancy. Malaria in pregnancy can be more severe than in non pregnant individuals & pregnant moms run risk of passing it to the baby before or during delivery. If travel to malaria area cannot be delayed, Mefloquine is wise--breastfeeding too. ...Read more
Mosquito bites: Are you in a country where there are malaria parasite carrying mosquotoes, but not all mosquitos cause malaria. If you are in endemic area, or have travelled there, than you have to see if you come up with fever, than seek treatment. You can use local steroid cream or calamine lotion for the rash. So good luck, let us know where you have been. ...Read more
Help. L 've been given double dose of mefloquine 500mg by doc. I.e. I hve shivers and warm fevers since 14 dys. Prior othr medcne, now hnd feet burning?
Incomprehensible: I am sorry to report but I cannot make heads or tales out of what you are asking of us on the internet. It surely sounds to me like you need to see a doctor. Today. ...Read more
I'm going to india on feb 2. My doctor perscribed mefloquine for me to take. But I have a tooth ache. Another doctor perscribed amoxicillin be taken. Which one should I take?
Don't wait!: Make sure you get a complete and thorough dental examination as soon as possible. Then make sure that you get whatever dental treatment is necessary to prevent a flare-up or dental emergency while you are away. If that happens, you will not be a happy camper trying to find a competent dentist to treat you. Don't rely on medications alone. When you get back, complete the rest of your treatment. ...Read more
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
I have been told I have mephloquine poisoning from Larium I took over 3 years ago. I get anxiety and unsteadiness daily. What can I do?
Treat symptoms: Recent data suggested that rare inner ear & psychiatric problems occuring while taking mefloquine (to prevent malaria) can (rarely) persist, sometimes for years (benefits > risks usually).All is NOT lost though: "Vestibular rehab" can help cope with inner ear problems (not cure the problem, though, if due to a med). Meds may help anxiety, but cognitive behavioral therapy can help anxiety long-term ...Read more