Lariam – Reliable Malaria Prevention.
Dramatically reducing the likelihood of catching malaria, Lariam is a weekly tablet that is used by travellers around the world. If you are planning to travel to a destination where malaria is prevalent, taking Lariam as prescribed allows you to enjoy your time away without the fear of contracting this serious illness.
Most commonly contracted in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, malaria occurs when a mosquito bites a human, transmitting a dangerous parasite into the bloodstream. The potential symptoms of the condition are joint pain, vomiting, convulsions, shivering and a high fever and, if left untreated, malaria can be fatal.
Anybody who is travelling to a region rife with malaria should take a dependable.
The risk of malaria in certain parts of the world is very well publicised, and most people are fully aware of the necessity of taking an anti-malarial medicine such as Lariam before, during and after their trip. However, travellers understandably seek a pill that is as convenient as it is reliable, with no serious side effects and an easy-to-manage regime.
Lariam is only taken once per week, but remains as reliable as any other daily-dose malaria medication. This gives travellers the opportunity to get on with their time overseas, without the stress of managing a daily medicine.
This convenient weekly routine is the result of Lariam being offered in a higher dosage than most other competing medicines. In fact, Lariam is also used in the event of malaria being contracted.
Does Lariam Work To Prevent Malaria?
Mosquitoes do not cause malaria as such, but they play a key role in the transmission of the illness. Malaria is a condition caused by parasites known as Plasmodium, which are carried by mosquitoes throughout their lives. Although the parasites have no impact upon the health of the mosquitoes themselves, they do present a serious health risk for humans. If a mosquito bites into the skin, plasmodium parasites are injected into the bloodstream and begin reproducing through the body.
Naturally, the immune system tries to fight the illness, but reproduction continues at an alarming rate, the body is overwhelmed, and the symptoms of malaria begin to show and grow increasingly more serious.
Lariam contains the active ingredient mefloquine. Mefloquine stops the parasites in your red blood cells from reproducing, and therefore prevents the spread of the illness and the development of symptoms. This helps the body to naturally rid itself of the parasite, although Lariam itself will eventually kill the parasites completely.
Who Can Take Lariam?
Lariam is a medicine for preventing malaria and is usually offered to people who are planning a trip to a region where malaria is common. This may include South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, or South Asia.
Who Should Not Take Lariam?
Lariam is not for use by any patient with a history of serious psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia, or anybody with a history of seizures. This medicine is also not usually offered to women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, although a doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the potential risks of taking the medicine.
Finally, this medicine should not be taken by anybody who may be allergic to any of its ingredients or the active ingredient mefloquine.
How To Take Lariam
Lariam is used for both malaria prevention and treatment, but is prescribed here for the purposes of prevention.
The usual course of treatment for preventing the contraction of malaria is a single 250mg tablet to be taken once a week, with food, at approximately the same time of day each time.
First, you should begin taking Lariam 3 weeks before you plan to enter the part of the world with a high malaria risk factor. This allows the medicine to reach optimum levels in your body. Then, after your arrival, continue to take the tablet once a week for the duration of your trip.
Upon your exit from the area, continue to take the tablet for 4 further weeks. The parasite may have entered the bloodstream, not caused symptoms, but not be completely defeated.
Lariam Side Effects
Whilst most people taking Lariam do not experience any side effects, on some occasions people have reported mild reactions. These include headaches, loss of appetite, insomnia, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. However, where patients have continued to take the medicine as instructed, the vast majority have reported that side effects disappeared within a few days. If you are concerned about these side effects, contact your doctor.
In some extremely rare cases, more serious side effects have been reported, including seizures, unusual weakness and heart palpitations. If you encounter any of these side effects whilst taking Lariam, seek medical attention immediately.