Lariam Linked to Dangerous Side Effects

The maker of the anti-Malria drug is starting to alert doctors and is placing a new warning label on the anti-malaria drug Lariam (mefloquine). The drug is taken by thousnads of people trvaleing abroad each year as well as US military personnel. The drug is suspected to have many adverse side effects including suicide, hallucinations, paranoid delusions and depression.

The Pentagon believes there may be links between an outbreak of domestic killings at Fort Bragg North Carolina is linked to the drug

The drug maker, Roche Laboratories, acknowledges reports of suicide and suicidal thoughts attributed to Lariam, also known as mefloquine.

The World Health Organization puts the incidence of serious neuropsychiatric effects from the drug at 5 in 100,000. Many experts believe these figures are low and that as many as 25% of all users experience some side effects. Out of millions of travelers given mefloquine each year, between 1 in 6,000 to 1 in about 10,000 will experience some kind of serious adverse reaction, the WHO says.

Three of the four Fort Bragg soldiers who investigators say killed their wives this summer were Special Operations troops who had been deployed to Afghanistan where the risk of malaria is high. Two of the soldiers killed themselves after killing their wives.

Malaria is a serious, sometimes fatal, disease caused by a parasite that infects humans through mosquito bites. The WHO estimates that perhaps as many as 50 million cases of malaria occur each year and more than 1 million people die of the disease worldwide.

Lariam is widely used to prevent malaria among soldiers because the dose is given once a week instead of other medications which must be taken on a daily basis.

If you or someone you know has taken Lariam and have suffered any serious side effects, such as suicide, psychaitric events requiring treatment or extreme aggression, please contact us for a rapid response regarding your rights and information about compensation for injuries.

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