Malaria can begin rapidly therefore early protection with anti-malaria tablets is highly recommended. You should also contact your regular nurse in case you may require vaccines prior to your travels. DrFelix supplies Lariam (Mefloquine) and all other UK licensed malaria tablets. Generic cheaper malaria tablets compared to the branded Malarone tablets work exactly the same, not one anti-malaria tablets are more effective than the other.
|Required to take (duration)||Malaria Tablets||Comparison|
|One tablet daily
1-2 days before trip
|One tablet daily
2 days before trip
|One tablet weekly
2.5 weeks before trip
|During the trip||During the trip||During the trip|
|1 week after the trip||4 weeks after the trip||4 weeks after the trip|
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Summary of available medications
|Mefloquine 250mg (Lariam)||8 tablets (1 week course) to 19 tablets (12 week course)||From £26.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||8 tablets (1 week course)||£26.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||9 tablets (2 week course)||£28.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||10 tablets (3 week course)||£30.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||11 tablets (4 week course)||£32.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||12 tablets (5 week course)||£34.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||13 tablets (6 week course)||£37.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||15 tablets (8 week course)||£42.99|
|Lariam 250mg (Mefloquine)||19 tablets (12 week course)||£51.99|
About Malaria and Lariam (Mefloquine)Lariam (Mefloquine) tablets are used to treat malaria and also help prevent infection of the disease. Malaria is a serious illness, contracted when bitten by an infected mosquito, which presents symptoms such as weakness, tiredness, headache, nausea and diarrhoea. In some cases malaria can be fatal if left untreated or if not treated promptly enough. When travelling to high risk destinations such as parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East it is important to protect against malaria using antimalarial tablets such as Lariam. This medication is particularly popular with those visiting countries with a specific type of malaria which is more difficult to treat. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise on whether Lariam is the most suitable medication for the area you are travelling to.
Lariam contains the active ingredient mefloquine which kills the malaria parasite to help prevent and treat the infection.
The recommended dose of Lariam to prevent malaria is 1 tablet once a week, starting 10 days before travelling. This should be continued throughout your trip and for 4 weeks after returning. A full course of Lariam will last at least 6 weeks depending on the length of your visit.
To treat malaria infection, your doctor will recommend the appropriate dose of Lariam tablets depending on factors such as your weight. This is usually no more than a course of 6 Lariam tablets.
Lariam Side Effects
Common side effects of Lariam include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headache, dizziness, visual disturbacnces and itching.
Other reported Lariam side effects include anorexia, indigestion, liver failure, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, flushing, chest pain, changes in heart rate and rhythm, fainting, swelling, shortness of breath, inflammation of lungs, drowsiness, sensory and movement disorders, tremor, panic attacks, confusion, amnesia, seizures, brain disorders, speech disturbances, general feeling of illness, fever, blood disorders, muscle weakness, joint pain, muscle pain, cataracts, damage to optic nerve, inner ear disorders, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (life-threatening skin condition), hair loss and sweating.