Feds issue warning about Lariam/Mefloquine

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Feds issue warning about Lariam/Mefloquine

This couldn't possibly surprise me less:

Federal drug officials have issued a strong new warning about a controversial anti-malaria medication once routinely given to U.S. troops, some of whom say it damaged them permanently.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered manufacturers of mefloquine hydrochloride to give the medicine a black box label, the agency's strongest warning, reserved for drugs with significant risks of serious side effects. The FDA said that some neurological and psychiatric side effects can last for months or years after a patient stops taking the drug.

Some of the symptoms:

But the drug has long carried warnings tying it to dizziness, seizures, insomnia, anxiety, depression and strange dreams. One clinical trial found that 29% of travelers who took mefloquine experienced at least one of those side effects. There is also evidence suggesting a link to violent behavior, including suicide.

I don't know about the study, but anecdotally I can tell you I stopped taking mine and just risked the Malaria because the stuff messed me up so bad.  The first time my battle-buddy took it he was awake for 3 straight days, mostly watching CSI episodes the entire time.  I just had horrible nightmares, felt sick the whole time, and started hearing voices.

Again, that's just anecdotal, but I heard a gazillion stories of a similiar like, so this honestly doesn't surprise me at all.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.