Mefloquine

How It Works:

Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug that belongs to class of medicines called hemozoin inhibitors. It works by killing the malaria causing parasite by destroying the parasites at a crucial stage of development (asexual intra-erythrocytic stage). 

Side Effects:

visual disturbances, irregular heart beats., itching of skin, nausea, skin rash, difficulty falling asleep, abdominal pain, chills, vomiting, muscle pain, a sensation of spinning or rotation, depression, Abnormal dreams, ringing in ears, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, diarrhea, dizziness, fever, anxiety, headache

Used For:

Mefloquine is used in the prevention (prophylaxis) and treatment of malaria (a serious infection caused by parasites and spread by mosquitoes).

Instructions:

  • Consult your doctor before taking mefloquine if you have fits (seizures), any heart diseases or liver disorders.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience pain, burning, tingling, numbness in hands/feet and/or muscle weakness or problems in eyes or with vision after taking mefloquine.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery while using mefloquine as it may cause dizziness and visual disturbances.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is mefloquine safe in pregnancy?Mefloquine can be taken during pregnancy if the benefit outweighs the risk. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use mefloquine during breastfeeding?Mefloquine should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is mefloquine safe? Is mefloquine safe for babies?Yes. Mefloquine is safe if used at the prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. It is not recommended for use in babies below 3 months and weighing less than 5 kg. 
Q. Is mefloquine an antibiotic/ a quinolone/ does it contain sulphur or sulfa/ contain quinine?No. Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug with activity against malaria causing parasites. It is a quinine antimalarial and does not contain sulphur/ sulfa or quinolone.
Q. Is mefloquine the same as doxycycline/ chloroquine?No. Mefloquine is not the same as doxycycline or chloroquine. All three drugs have different mechanism of action and indications.
Q. How does mefloquine work?Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug. It works by killing the malaria causing parasite by destroying the parasites at a crucial stage of development (asexual intraerythocytic stage). 
Q. What does mefloquine treat? Does mefloquine treat malaria?Mefloquine is used in the prevention and treatment of malaria. 
Q. Does mefloquine cause insomnia?Yes. Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) is a common side effect of mefloquine treatment. 
Q. Is mefloquine safe for G6PD deficiency?Yes. Studies have indicated that mefloquine is safe for use in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
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