What do mefloquine tablets do?
MEFLOQUINE (Lariam(R)) is an antimalarial agent. Mefloquine prevents and treats malaria infection, which is transmitted by mosquitos. This drug is commonly given prior to travel to an area where malaria is a common infection.
What should my health care professional know before I take mefloquine?
depression or history of mental problems
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to mefloquine, hydroxymefloquine, quinidine, quinine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take mefloquine tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take mefloquine with food and a full glass (8 ounces or 240 ml) of water. If you are taking mefloquine to prevent malaria, you should start taking it one week before entering the area, and continue for 4 weeks after leaving. Take your doses at regular intervals and on the same day of each week. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you are treating an acute malaria infection, you will receive a single dose of the drug. For prolonged travel in an area where malaria is common, consult your healthcare provider for proper dosing schedule.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a weekly dose, take it as soon as you can. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with mefloquine?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking mefloquine?
blurred vision, or change in vision
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
fever or chills
headaches, confusion, or other mental changes
joint or muscle aches
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
ringing in the ears
skin rash, itching (there may be severe itching without a rash)
unusual changes in heart rate or other heart problems
unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
loss of appetite
stomach pain or upset