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Lariam (mefloquine 250mg) tablets are used to help prevent and treat malaria when visting tropical countries.
Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite which can be contracted through the bites of a mosquito. Typically the symptoms of malaria will manifest between 7 to 18 days of being bitten, depending on the specific parasite you’re infected with although it can be a life threatening condition.
Sufferers are typically bitten dusk and dawn. The initial symptoms of malaria are flu-like and can be mild, making it difficult to diagnose.
Some forms of malaria occur in a 48-hour cycle, during which you feel cold at first with shivering. This then develops into a fever accompanied by severe sweating and fatigue which can last between 6 and 12 hours.
Other symptoms which can manifest include:
There are different types of malaria. The most serious is caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite which can lead to quickly developing life-threatening complications such as breathing problems and even organ failure.
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Take Lariam (mefloquine 250mg) tablets once a week, always on the same day. Take the first dose 10 days before you’re due to leave to make sure that the Lariam is tolerated. Continue taking the tablets on the same day of the week throughout your stay and for 4 weeks after you return. For the medicine to be effective you must take the full course of treatment.
Please do not take more Lariam (mefloquine 250mg) tablets than prescribed.
Take Lariam (mefloquine 250mg) tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are unclear on how to take this medicine, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Please note, like all medicine, Doxycycline 100mg capsules can cause side effects – although this does not apply to everyone who has taken them. Side effects are usually temporary with continued treatment or disappear when you stop tacking the medicine.
Before taking your medicine please read the patient information leaflet in detail to acquaint yourself with the potential side effects.
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Lariam (Mefloquine) Tablets: If you are concerned about any unwanted effects please seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Most common unwanted effects: feeling or actually being sick, dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, headache, sleepiness, sleep problems, diarrhoea, stomach ache. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or carry out tasks requiring a high degree of co-ordination.
Less common unwanted effects: Effects on nervous system: psychiatric reactions which may be disabling and last for more than several weeks. These include unusual changes in mood or behaviour, feelings of worry or anxiety, depression, feelings of persecution, crying, aggression, restlessness, forgetfulness, agitation, confusion, panic and hallucinations. If you experience any of these effects you should immediately stop taking Lariam and consult a doctor.
Other effects: feeling of weakness, breathlessness, muscle cramps, joint pains, muscle pains, tiredness, fever or chills, sweating, loss of appetite, indigestion, a change in the level of certain factors (e.g. white blood cells, platelets, enzymes) in your blood. There have also been rare reports of allergic reactions.
The active substance in Lariam is mefloquine. Lariam is an anti-malarial. Each tablet contains 250 mg of mefloquine (as mefloquine hydrochloride).
The other ingredients in Lariam tablets are poloxamer, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose monohydrate, maize starch, crospovidone, ammonium calcium alginate, talc, and magnesium stearate.