What is Mefloquine used for?
Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug used to treat and prevent malaria caused by certain types of parasites. This medicine works by destroying the parasites in the red blood cells of the human body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Mefloquine?
The dosage of Mefloquine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Mefloquine should be taken with food.
What if you miss a dose of Mefloquine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Mefloquine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Mefloquine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Mefloquine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Mefloquine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Mefloquine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Mefloquine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Mefloquine can interact with blood thinners, beta-blockers, and seizure medications.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Mefloquine?
Like other medicines, Mefloquine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Mefloquine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Mefloquine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Mefloquine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Mefloquine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, cough, stomach pain, diarrhea, fever, and hair loss. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Mefloquine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Mefloquine?
Is it possible for me to take Mefloquine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Mefloquine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Mefloquine?
How will Mefloquine work in my body?
How should Mefloquine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Mefloquine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Mefloquine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.