Mefloquine is commonly sold under the Lariam brand name to fight off malaria. Often, travelers to undeveloped countries in Asian, Africa and South American would begin taking this malaria fighting drug a week before traveling to overseas countries and continue for 4 weeks after returning home. Malaria is a parasite carried most commonly by mosquitoes and carries flu like symptoms that can persist for years and in severe cases can cause heart and lung problems. Mefloquine destroys the bacterial parasites that cause malaria.
Adverse Effects of Mefloquine Hydrochloride
There have been consumers that have reported psychotic episodes from taking Mefloquine. These episodes included but not limited to hallucinations, tremors, confusion, panic attacks, depression and paranoia. Suicidal thoughts have been associated with Mefloquine treatment but as of yet is unconfirmed.
Current Status of Mefloquine
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released new warning labels to help prevent some of the psychotic episodes. Physicians, as well as the FDA, have warned against the use of Mefloquine if there is a history of psychotic episodes. If you have recently taken Mefloquine and have been injured due to a psychotic episode, contacting a personal injury lawyer specializing in defective medical products will help organize your case and improve your chances of recovering for your injuries.