ATTN: All members of the Canadian Forces, past or present, who may have taken mefloquine, AKA “Lariam” Posted on October 20, 2017 by Eeyore — 5 Comments ↓ Share this:FacebookTwitter
I am so proud of them for doing such an excellent job they did today in talking about this important issue!
I was given Larium to go on holiday to east africa in 98. After 2 weeks I came off it. I seem to remember you had to take it for a couple of months.
Memory loss. Anxiety. Sleeplessness, bad thoughts.Blood in my stools.
This added with the general shithole that is Niarobi and Mombasa made for a pretty crap time. The experience taught me teo things….
I would rather have caught malaria than take that shit again and I’d rather Africans stay in Africa.
I too took mefloquine that was prescribed for a 2 week visit in N. Thailand. That was 1998. Travel clinic asked hubby and I to do a 4 week trial prior to travel to determine if we would get mild, medium, severe or NO side effects. Pill # 3 hubby enjoyed technicolor dreams – but mine verged on hallucinations/delusions – taking ten minutes on two occasions to realize my rage dream – them my triply dream – were not reality. I was tripped out – but came out of it each time to recognize my disconnect. But – travel nurse told us those were not severe effects so we were both good to go. Once arriving in Malaysia we quickly learned Aussie backpackers stayed away from that pill because of so many psychosis among their buddies – so we quickly found a clinic and switched to doxycycline like the were all taking. Oh – how long does it take for Canada to realize that current pharmacovigilence programs do not work – and it obviously takes more than a couple decades to get dangerous meds out of the hands of innocent people.
From https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/index.html outbreaks:
UK residents who had traveled to Cyprus in August 2017. All travelers had visited a resort in Esentepe more
Here is a 2002 article that reviews 516 published case reports of mefloquine adverse effects, to clarify the phenomenology of the harms associated with mefloquine, and to make recommendations for safer prescribing….. However the Centers for Disease Control and their Canadian equivalent, CATMAT, do not recognise [in 2002] this as a valid contraindication to taking mefloquine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC101408/
Any traveler receiving a prescription for mefloquine must also receive a copy of the FDA medication guide, which can be found at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2008/019591s023lbl.pdf
There are, on average, 1,700 cases of malaria including 5 deaths reported every year in the United States, mostly in returned travelers. Cases of malaria among travelers can be prevented by taking certain medicines before, during, and after a trip to a country where malaria transmission occurs.
Thank you, our vets need our support!