Lariam contains the active ingredient Mefloquine which used in the prophylaxis of malaria, when travelling to a country where there is a risk of contracting malaria.
It is important that you start taking the tablets before you travel – the usual recommendation is to start the course of tablets 2-3 weeks before you travel. This allows the level of medicine in your body to become effective, and it also gives time to check for any side-effects before you travel. Continue to take a tablet on the same day of each week during your stay, and for four weeks after you return.
Mefloquine is only one of a number of measures that you need to take to reduce your risk of malaria. Others include wearing suitable clothing, using insect repellents and sleeping in screened rooms or beds.
How To Take Lariam
You should take Lariam (Mefloquine) two- three weeks before your intended travel. You should take one tablet weekly then continue take one tablet weekly on the same day throughout your time abroad and continue taking for four weeks after you return
Taking Lariam (Mefloquine) is just one of prevention measures that you must take to reduce your risk of malaria. You are also advised to take other measures such as using insect repellants and wearing appropriate clothing.
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- Pregnant or trying to conceive
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