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Lariam (mefloquine) - neuropsychiatric side-effects - and ME/CFS

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  1. charles shepherd

    charles shepherd Senior Member

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    Lariam (mefloquine) - neuropsychiatric side-effects - and ME/CFS

    People with ME/CFS obviously need to take an appropriate form of anti-malarial medication, as well as other precautions, if they are travelling to an area where malaria is present

    Lariam is one such drug

    However, there are continuing concerns about the (sometimes quite serious) neuropsychiatric side-effects that can occur with this drug

    And I have also heard from people with ME/CFS who predate the onset of their illness to the use of this drug

    So this is one antimalarial drug that may be better avoided by people with ME/CFS if there is a suitable alternative available - which there normally is

    BBC news report on Lariam which involves the son of Lord Dannett - former head of the British army:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37183873

    More information on Lariam:

    http://www.rxlist.com/lariam-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

    Dr Charles Shepherd
    Hon Medical Adviser, MEA
     
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    Mary Senior Member

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    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

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    What drug is then suitable to take as an anti malarial drug and will be safe?
     
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    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    I took a course of it about 1992. I had a really bad reaction to it but since I was in India where so many other things can make you ill, it took a while before I realized that it was mefloquine causing the illness.
     
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    Larium is probably the worst of the entire class of FQ antibiotics/meds and there is a documentary about it causing psychosis and violent aggressive behavior, both in soldiers and in civilians, who had no prior psychiatric history. It can cause physical damage as well. Am glad that this is starting to be recognized and thank you @charles shepherd for posting it.
     
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