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Brand name: Lariam TM

Active ingredients: mefloquine

What it is used for

Malaria treatment: LARIAM is indicated for the treatment of acute attacks of malaria due to P.falciparum infection resistant to conventional antimalarial drugs. Following therapy of mixed P.falciparum/P.vivax malaria with LARIAM relapse prophylaxis with an 8-aminoquinoline derivative (e.g. primaquine) should be considered in order to eliminate liver forms of P.vivax. Malaria Prophylaxis: For travellers to countries with documented chloroquine and antifolate combination ( [sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine] / [dapsone/pyrimethamine] ) resistant P.falciparum malaria, who are considered to be at high risk for malaria in view of their residence or travel (of up to 3 months duration) through rural areas (between the dusk to dawn period). For travellers hypersensitive to sulphonamides and sulphones, who are considered to be at high risk for malaria in view of their residence or travel (of up to 3 months duration) through rural areas, (between the dusk to dawn period) in countries with high level chloroquine-resistant P.falciparum malaria.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Store in Original Container
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Cylindrical biplanar, white to off-white tablet, cross-scored break bars on both faces, marked "RO", "C", "HE" & imprinted hexagon, in each quadrant on one face.

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Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient mefloquine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Disclaimer

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  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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