Lariam, also known by its active ingredient Mefloquine, is used to treat and prevent malaria. Lariam works by killing the parasite that causes Malaria. It is recommended for places where there are strains of the parasite that are resistant to other antimalarials, like chloroquine for example.
You should start taking Lariam about two weeks before you go to the area at risk and continue taking them for 2-4 weeks after you leave, depending what your prescription advises. To prevent malaria, you normally only have to take one Lariam tablet, once a week on the same day. You should take Lariam with a full glass of water, with or without food.
Lariam is not recommended for people with a mental health condition, including depression, or for people who suffer epilepsy or seizures. It is also not recommended for people who have a close relative who has one of those conditions.
Side effects of Lariam can include: unusual changes in mood or behaviour, seizures, changes in heartbeat, or palpitations.
No medication 100% protects against malaria and so you should reduce the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves, using mosquito repellent, nets and air conditioning, where possible.
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