•Lariam tablets treat malaria and help prevent you catching malaria
•Malaria is life threatening, spread by infected mosquitoes
Consult your doctor to determine whether Lariam is suitable for the area you are visiting
Lariam Tablets contain the active ingredient mefloquine. Lariam mefloquine 250mg are used to treat malaria and help prevent you from catching malaria. Malaria is a life threatening disease, and a major health risk for people visiting tropical countries. It occurs when small parasites are passed from one person to another by the bites of certain mosquitoes. Lariam is especially useful if you are travelling to countries where there is a type of malaria which is particularly difficult to treat. No single medicine is effective against all malaria parasites.
The choice of a particular medicine depends on the sensitivity of the malaria parasites found in the area to be visited. Your doctor will advise you whether Lariam mefloquine 250mg is suitable for the area you are visiting.
When you are taking this medicine to prevent malaria, try to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes as follows:
• Make sure to cover up after sunset, opt for light-coloured, long-sleeved clothing and long trousers.
• Use insect repellents on parts of your body that are not covered by clothing.
• If you are not staying in a properly screened room, sleep under a mosquito net.
• In spite of screening with spray, always kill any mosquitoes that may have entered a room.
No medicine can be guaranteed to protect against malaria in every case. If you begin to suffer from a high temperature or fever during your visit to a malaria area you should suspect malaria. In addition, if these symptoms arise up to a year after returning home, contact a doctor straight away and let him or her know that you have visited a malaria area.
Take the Lariam tablets with plenty of water, and preferably after a meal. Swallow the tablets whole, do not suck or chew them.
Take the tablets once a week, always on the same day.
•Take the 1st dose 10 days before you leave: this is to make sure that Lariam is well tolerated.
•Take the 2nd dose 3 days before you leave.
•Continue taking the tablets on the same day of the week throughout your stay and for 4 weeks after your return.
•The full course of tablets is at least 6 weeks, depending on your length of stay.
•For effective prevention you must take the full course of tablets.
•No anti-malarial tablets can be 100% guaranteed to work. There is a chance you could still get malaria during or after taking medicine to prevent it. If you develop a fever or flu-like symptoms during your travels or within 2 to 3 months after you leave the malarious area, check with a doctor immediately.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor instructs you.
The active substance is mefloquine. Each tablet contains Lariam mefloquine 250mg (as mefloquine hydrochloride). The other ingredients are poloxamer, microcrystalline cellulose, lactose, maize starch, crospovidone, ammonium calcium alginate, talc, magnesium stearate.
Lariam should not be taken by those with a history of psychiatric illness, mental complaints or severe mood changes, severe liver problems or have ever suffered from fits. Doctors should be made aware of any kidney or heart problems, any intolerance to sugars such as lactose, epilepsy or whether Lariam tablets have been taken in the past and malaria was still contracted.
The following medication can affect the way Lariam works:
•Quinine, quinidine or chloroquine
•Medicines for heart trouble or high blood pressure
•Medicines for some mental problems
•Medicines for blood clotting disorders or diabetes
•Medicines used to treat epilepsy
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