Lariam (Mefloquine 250mg) can help prevent malaria when travelling to countries where malaria is endemic. Lariam is taken once a week to make malaria prophylaxis simple to remember.
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Lariam is a popular anti-malarial for travellers going to malaria regions for extensive periods of time. Its popularity can be attributed to the dose, just one a week, and the excellent value for money it provides.
This particular anti-malarial should probably not be used by patients who have not tried it previous, or at least without speaking to one of our malaria prevention experts first as it can be associated with side effects. Don't let this put you off though as it can be a very useful anti-malarial tablet for certain groups of patients.
Lariam should not be taken by patients with the following problems:
Dosage: Please note it is recommended that Lariam is taken as follows:
For Adults over 45kg: Lariam is taken once weekly starting 10 days before you enter a malarial area, the second dose taken 3 days before and then continue to take on the same day of each week whilst there and for four weeks after leaving.
A typical 2 week (14 day holiday) would therefore require 8 tablets. hat breaksdown to TWO tablets before, TWO whilst there and FOUR on return.
For Children:The dose schedule is the same as the adult but instead of one tablet weekly the following amount should be administered depending on the childs weight:
Each Lariam tablet contains the following active ingredients:
Mefloquine Hydrochloride 250mg
This tablet contains Lactose
Always read the product leaflet before use.
Always read the patient information leaflet before using this product
This page was reviewed by our superintendent pharmacist Andrew Walton MPharm on 18/10/20
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In the UK products of a medical nature cannot be returned to a retailer for a refund when/if the product is no longer wanted. This applies to all medicines retailed at TravelPharm. For clarity, medicines will have a UK product licence. Common medicines that TravelPharm sell (and this list is not exhaustive) include anti-malaria tablets and common over the counter medicines like pain killers and antihistamines. Medicines are not strictly limited to tablets, creams and liquids can also be medicines. If in doubt please phone the team for advice.
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The Returns Process:
1) Please phone TravelPharm on 0119 512092 to notify us that you wish to return an item. We will require your name, address, order number and the reason for the return.
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Returned items that are in an unsaleable or damaged condition. We reserve the right to reduce the amount of money refunded, especially where evidence of use beyond basic handling has occurred. All returned products must be in their original packaging, unopened and in a re-saleable condition. We only accept returns for products that have been purchased through us.
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In short No. No anti-malaria tablet is guaranteed to prevent malaria, but most are very effective if taken correctly. In addition, taking extra precautions like using insect repellents and sleeping under mosquito nets can reduce the risk even further of being infected with the malaria parasite and in combination with the anti malaria tablets you can reduce your risk even further.
Unfortunately, the global malaria picture changes rapidly and your risk will, therefore, vary as well. Here at Travelpharm, we use a wide variety of resources to help us make up to date and accurate decisions about suitability. Some of these resources include the FitForTravel website, TravelHealthPro and Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please ensure you consult the latest guidance or contact Travelpharm on 01159 512092 for free advice.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to know whether you will get side effects from any medicine until you have tried it.
Malaria medicines seem to have notoriety when it comes to side effects but here at Travelpharm we think that is unjust.
Whilst this should not serve as a personal recommendation, products like Malarone, Generic Malarone and Maloff Protect tend to be very well tolerated with upset stomachs being the most common complaint. Similar is true for Doxycycline as well, but 3% of people may suffer a reaction to sunlight (like sunburn).
Of all the antimalarial products we prescribe at Travelpharm Lariam (Mefloquine) has the worst reputation, but it is used successfully without side effects in many individuals and is a very important product for us to have available. For further information please call on 01159 512092
This is a question you must take up with your own Doctor/Midwife. If pregnant, breastfeeding or hoping to start a family, and about to take antimalarials, it is vital that you discuss this fully with your GP before doing so.
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Travel to malaria risk areas whilst pregnant is not recommended for many reasons and advice to all would be mums is do not travel. If travel to a malaria zone is unavoidable then we must take precautions to ensure you do not contract malaria this includes mosquito nets and mosquito bite avoidance. All antimalarial medicines are unlicensed during pregnancy and breastfeeding so there needs to be a careful risk assessment carried out to ensure the risks are outweighed by the benefits.
Please call us on 0844 8221219 for further help or assistance as we may be in a position to help.