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 5  Trip to Kenya None I suffered from severe vestibulodynia for two years, after going on this medication I noticed it was about 70% better, thought it was unrelated until I came back from my trip and went off it, and the horrible pain came back. I am not going off this medication ever, I feel like it has saved my life. Ladies, if you suffer from any kind of vulvodynia take this medication! F 25 4 months
10/17/2009

 5  African Travel None whatsoever. My wife and I have taken courses of Larium for 15 years at least for all our Travel to Malarial area. We have never had any doubts as to its efficacy and have never suffered any of the 'famous' side effects. This is NOT to play down those that have had problems, but the same can be said of Malarone. Many many people of my aquaintence have taken Larium without any problems at all. There is no doubt that some people are affected but many many more are not. As to the comments regarding not taking whilst pregnant, and contraception whilst on Larium, this is just common sense and clearly marked on the leaflets. ANY drug that goes into the blood stream will of course pass to a child in the womb and the same applies to Alcohol and Nicotine. My suggestion to those asking is "try a tablet" well ahead of your trip and this will give the opportunity to switch if you are one of the unlucky ones that do suffere a reaction. M 70 15 years
5/25/2009

 5  short africa trip Please take some kind of drug if you are visiting an area where there is concern...These people on here that say they would rather get malaria and be treated?!?!?!? A friend of the family recently returned from Africa (Ghana) and did not take the pill...She is sadly now in the hospital for the 4th week and has undergone 4 surgeries. She has lost ALL 4 limbs and they are not sure that she won't lose more. It is NOT better to get malaria. Don't be dumb...take SOME kind of prophylactic malaria drug...she was there 1 WEEK and now she has lost both her arms and legs,not to mention what it has done to the rest of her body...Please don't be crazy...take the meds! F 35
3/11/2008

 4  Employment in West Africa No problems other than unpleasant taste when taken. Have used intermittantly for around 20 years, but currently 2 years continuous. M 54 2 years
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5/20/2014

 4  5 month stay in Ghana Light nausea at times, usually just after taking the pill. Had no effect on me, and wanted to add this comment for all the people still thinking about taking this drug. It works fine for many, and is bad for a few... it seems however that it is only the bad stories you hear.. Take it with caution, and follow your doctors instructions!! M 25 6 months
4/2/2009

 4  trip to gambia just taking larium for the third time in 2 years very lucky no side effects unlike other travellers on other tablets F 46 3 times
10/29/2007

 4  Trip to Ghana The only side effect I experience was bizarre dreams. I was taking the once a week kind (for 8 weeks), which is more expensive, but seems to have way less side effects, according to both people here and those I traveled with. F 21 56 days
7/7/2007
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 4  Travel to Africe None People may slate this drug but I found it the best by far. It was much easier to take - only once a week as opposed to having to remember to take it at the same time each day. I didn't suffer any side effects at all. I know people do, but until you try it you want know. My suggestion is to try it, if you get a side effect after a couple of weeks then you can swap to another type. F 20 3 months
11/15/2006

 3  malaria prophylaxis vertigo, dizziness I took the generic version of mefloquine. No severe side effects except dizziness. Still experiencing occasional nausea after 2 weeks of being off the drug. Ask a travel doctor or nurse about the rate of malaria infection in the place and time of year you're going. A consistent use of DEET and mosquito netting may be better than drugs, especially for winter travel to urban areas. Many countries sell plug-in mosquito coils that work well too. F 31 3 weeks
12/8/2005

 3  Malaria prophylaxis bad dreams (for a short period), sleeplessness, anxiety (relatively mild and only after 8-9 weeks of the drug Tastes terrible!! If you have to take it swallow it quickly! F 32 9 weeks
6/2/2005

 2  Two weeks in Uganda Recurring Nightmares/Night terrors My advice would be to avoid this medication unless there's no safer alternative. I took some for a few weeks for a fortnight trip to Uganda when I was 11 and I quicly began having terrible recurring nightmares nearly every day which lasted for at least 8 months to the point where I felt quite traumatised by them. Every night I would dream that I had fallen onto subway tracks as a train was arriving and was paralysed so I couldn't get up off the tracks, waking up as the train crushed me! M 11 4 weeks
2/3/2010

 2  malaria prevention Not positive if lariam is cause but my 13 year old daughter had grand mal seizure while taking and now has epilepsy. I have neuropathy which I never had before. Would not take again unless absolutely mandated. Otherwise use insect repellent, coils, nets, clothing to avoid mosquitos. F 13 6 weeks
5/14/2006
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 1  Went to India for 2 months in 1990 M 47
30MG 1X D
10/30/2014
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 1  Mission to Dominican Republic The weeks I took it, I had vivid hallucinations, nightmares, extreme paranoia, suicidal thoughts, diarrhea, headache, nausea. Its now been two years, but I still have thoughts of mistrust, anxiety, and paranoia. I feel like I can't fit in with people. I get depressed, have mood-swings, and sometimes suicidal thoughts. I feel like a burden and I keep thinking if I was different before I had my episode in DR. DO NOT TAKE IT. It is not worth risking the adverse side effects. M 20 2 weeks
250mg 1X W
10/14/2014
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 1  Military Iraq 2003-2004 It started with a strange depression and really HD dreams. After about 2 months of this I experianced a convulsive episode for 3-4 hours, vomiting relentlessly. At the time I suspected something far diffrent was afflicting me. The war began to take on a sureal quality to say the least. After I returned a year later, my command requested a Psycological eval done. I was a Sergeant Major. My career ended, my views on the world around me were not sequencing with reality in my brain housing group. It has been 10 years. I still suffer in differing degrees (waves) of symptoms Esophageal malfunction (cant swallow), had abnormal EKG, dizzy/vertigo and nausea, headaches, extreme pain in joints, had tremor, nightmares, and a host of Psych issues, to include PTSD diagnosed by VA. Making it through a day without psycological incident is very challenging. My advice DO NOT TAKE IT. M 50 12 months
25MG 1X W
10/8/2014
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 1  Short holiday Extreme anxiety, loneliness for no reason, thoughts of death, thinking heart attack, panic attacks, no interest in sex as my balls constantly shrinking etc. not enough room to list alll M 36 3 weeks
250mg
9/12/2014
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 1  Malaria Prevention Anxiety, mild hallucinations, and dizziness (one episode of debilitating vertigo lasting 1 day during my first month taking Larium) while taking Larium 2009-2011. Now in 2014 frequent mild dizziness, with 4 debilitating vertigo attacks in the past 3 years. I had never suffered from vertigo before I took Larium, though I cannot say for sure that the two are linked. If possible, take a different drug for malaria prevention. Doxy made me feel nauseated and it was a bother to take every day, but now I wish I had stuck with Doxy instead of starting Larium. However, both are preferable to malaria! F 28 27 months
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8/20/2014
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 1  Anti malaria prophylactic Worst possible serious adverse reaction, including in acute stage after 3rd tablet hallucinations, delirium, confusion, acted out on these confused thoughts and nearly got lost in Kthmandu hills while travelling with friends. Had to be hospitalised under 24 hour supervision until my sister came to bring me back to Australia. I thought I was going to die had to be given heavy duty anti psychotics. When I got home I was a 'vegetable' could barely talk, or move. Everything tasted strange I slept a lot & over months of recovery experienced fatigue, anxiety, agoraphobia, nightmares. drs said I would recover but I did not. Twelve years later I suffer severe fatigue anxiety, PTSD plus many symptoms too long to recount here!! LARIAM is a medication which should not be given to anyone unless they are under strict medical super vision in a hospital. Giving this medicine to people who are travelling is absurd given the high rate of adverse effects!!!! Don't take this medicine it has been banned by the Australian Military & other similar organisations. It should not be on the market!!!! Roche should be sued till they are out of business they have ruined my life I cannot work am being cared for by my 78 year old mother I will be a burden on the state soon I hate Roche for what they have done to me!!! F 54 3 weeks
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4/5/2014
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 1  To Prevent Malaria Horrific hallucinations, very strange and vivid dreams that seem like your awake, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression, difficulty thinking, chronic fatigue, no longer feel love the same. Feel like I'm in an emotional black hole I can never return from and all those close to me saw the change in only 2 weeks. Still the same effects although to a lessor degree today, without the hallucinations, even though it was taken over 10 years ago. Seems to be getting worse with age. Absolute poison I would have rather died of Malaria than be left with the memories of what happened to me while hallucinating. I had absolutely no mental issues before taking only two of these pills they should be illegal. M 40 2 weeks
2/16/2014

 1  for a short holiday, F 3 weeks
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12/23/2013
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 1  Malaria prevention 2 years in Central African Republic, 1 year in Indonesia, 2 years in Guinea-Bissau. 1991-93, 1995-98. Initially all we had was the "Mefloquine Dreams". I did end up with Malaria in 1992 anyway. In 2001 diagnosed with drop foot in the left foot. In 2004 Began having problems with dizziness. Checked out as far as an MRI with no potential causes found. Continued dizziness until a year ago when vertigo and intermittent tinnitus were added to the dizziness and tripping over my own foot. Visits to ENT and Neuro with no cause or cure. I'm going to try the VA and see what they might find. Lariam and its generic version in Mefloquine have both been "Black Boxed" by the FDA. If I had known then what I know now, I NEVER WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE STUFF M 67 5 years
250 1X W
11/28/2013
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 1  malaria prevention depression, anxiety, paranoia, confusion, loss of balance, blurred vision, long- and short time memory loss, irritability, chronic fatigue, suicidal thoughts, clumsiness, muscle atrophy, muscle and joint pains, dissociation, depersonalization, chest pains, shortness of breath The symptoms have been there for 11 years now. Devastating effect on quality of life. Would very much like to know if there is a cure. I recommend NOT to take this drug. F 3 days
1X D
8/6/2013
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 1  Travel anti malarial Psychosis anxiety chronic fatigue it has ruined my life it's been 11 years I still haven't recovered its been so bad nearly committed suicide F 54 3 weeks
7/17/2013
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 1  trip to Dom republic Hallucinating, seeing horrible things, nervousness. Anxiety ..never ever take this.....it was taken for a holiday but almost ruined my holiday ....should be banned. Was given Prozac to counter act the lariam. M 26 1 days
7/9/2013

 1  Military deployment to africa Severe short term memory loss, anxiety, depression, lack of empathy M 29 8 months
5/16/2013

 1  2003/4 Suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, insomnia, aggression, lack of empathy, pain in joints, spinal problems etc etc POISON that big pharma keep churning out, directly responsible for the death of hundreds,DO NOT TAKE THS POISON unless you reall have too, doctors who prescribe this need to be updated properly on its side effects. M 45 8 months
250 1X W
5/14/2013
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 1  OIF Deployment 03-04 We were forced to take this drug weekly before, during, and affter the deployment. I experience nausea, chronic headaches, mood swings, nightmares among other things. The command would not accept my refusal to take this med. Almost 10 years later I have been diagnosed by VA for Larium toxicity. This drug can cause lifetime debilitating effects. Please do not use!!!! F 30 8 months
250mg
3/26/2013
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 1  Pre-deployment to Afghanistan I'd only taken 2 doses as prescribed with the last dose 3 days preceeding the incident at a command function where I blacked out meanwhile fighting several people and the police. I was charged with Assault on a peace officer (3rd degree felony), Assault causing bodily injury, resisting arrest, and public intoxication (misdemenors). It's been about 2 years and am still pending trial. The only prodromal symptom were vivid dreams (like the Matrix) which was told to be common. Since the incident no other disturbances in behavior but I was accused of not remembering short term things for a few weeks after. Medically I think I've recovered but it's a legal nightmare now. DO NOT USE!!! M 26 2 weeks
250mg 1X W
1/22/2013
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 1  Visit to Nigeria Only took 1 dose, but felt paranoid, confused and unable to judge time or make decisions for the next two weeks. In my view Larium is very dangerous. Felt I was going insane. Do not ever take it please! F 22 1 days
1 dose
1/14/2013

 1  visit to Malawi 1 pill = itchy red blistering rash expanding all over my body for over a month F 22 1 days
250mg 1X W
11/8/2012

 1   Loss of cognitive function. Short term memory. Clumsiness , unable to recognise potential dangers. Dropping things constantly. Unable to remember names of well known persons at times. Mental blocks. M 40 1 years
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6/11/2012

 1  visit to zimbabwe vomiting, diarrhea my lips and nails went blue, confused. taken 15 years ago. i would not want to contract malaria so it is important to take an antimalaria drug, just don't take Lariam! I thought it was banned but seems like it is still being prescribed. F 35 3 days
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6/8/2012
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 1  Trip to Kenya I am on it now. I can't sleep. I can't stay warm, then I am cold. Every mood is exaggerated. I don't become annoyed, I go straight to a state of blinding fury. I don't get sad, I become horribly depressed. I was not told not to drive and three days after getting on this stuff, I got in a race and went over 80 on a winding road and was in horrible accident (no one has seen anyone walk away from one this bad, not even EMS). I thought my boyfriends mother was going to attack me (delusions), and I had a panic attack in the car after the crash. I can't think clearly. It's like thinking through wax paper. Everything is there, but I can't get it. I don't understand it unless I really concentrate on tasks and concepts I found simple a month ago. When I try to remember parts of the crash, it is like I am seeing it third person. It is as if I am watching a movie, not remembering it. I see the scene from an aerial view, not from the backboard. I am paranoid and when people try to touch me I scream and cringe. Although I suffered no serious head injuries, I can not remember most of the night of the crash. I blacked out. It is the most awful thing I have ever experienced. F 18 1 weeks
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6/4/2012
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 1  malaria major depression, anxiety disorder, sleep problems, teeth grinding (bruxism), chronic fatigue, mood swings, personality changes, aggression, suicidal ideation, brain fog, diminished capacity, impulse control problems, anger control problems, MY ARMY UNIT at FORT BRAGG NC was ordered to take LARIAM (mefloquine) when we were on alert to try to rescue the US hostages in Iran in Nov. 1979. No one told us we were being used as guinea pigs for an experimental drug without our knowledge or consent. No one ever asked us if we had any side effects after Within a few days, paranoia and anxiety started, and within a few weeks, I had full-blown cycling between major depression and violent mood swings, and I have NEVER been the same since. But because I didn't know what happened to me, I went 20 years undiagnosed and untreated, and I have now been on max dose anti-depressants since 2000. Symptoms get worse with age, and I am no longer able to work. When I finally knew from research it was Lariam, in 2008 I applied for VA disability, but after 4 YEARS the VA & BVA STILL will not give me an answer!!! M 54 1 days
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4/28/2012
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 1  Trip to Mozambique This drug will take you to hell, and if you're lucky, back. 2 years on and still suffer panic attacks with weekly psychotherapy sessions. Traumatic experience. You'd rather be dead. F 30 4 weeks
250mg
3/11/2012

 1  Peace Corps Service in West Africa insomnia, depression, loss of appetite, extremely emotional, drug-induced hepatitis I was medically evacuated from my country of service after developing (very rapid) liver complications. The doctors did not know what was causing my liver complications, and they switched me to Malarone early on in the event that the problem was Mefloquine. It, in fact, was directly related to the Mefloquine. I knew that I was not myself while taking it, but after being off of it for about 4 weeks, I woke up one morning with my personality back. My liver functions tested normally after 3 months of being off of Mefloquine. I am very fortunate in that. Long-term effects are still to be determined. F 25 2 months
250 1X W
2/25/2012
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 1  trip to africa anxiety,depression,hot flushes,twinges in spine,head aches,suicidal thoughts,extremely voilent and death realted dreams,sickness,panic attacks,paranoia i ignored the warnings my friends had given me regarding the medication.i cant actually think straight right now and feel completely out of control due to these pills.dreadful dreadful experience.comes in waves.hope it will subside.going to the doctors to change medication! F 31 2 weeks
250mg 1X W
2/19/2012
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 1  Trip to the Philippines Paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, hot flushes, nausea and vomiting, depression, suicidal thoughts F 32 1 days
1 Tablet
2/15/2012
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 1  Trip to South Africa Panic attack, anxiety, nightmares, constant mood swings. This pill is a real danger, reading here about patient experiences and mine, I can not believe that doctors don't advise you about all the side effects, my girlfriend took malarone and was perfectly fine, me still suffering of nightmares and anxiety....I hope it desappear in a couple of weeks. M 34 5 weeks
250 MG 1X W
2/9/2012
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 1  trip to india Confusion, depression, sadness, scary dreams, numbness, fuzzy brain, suicide After taking only one pill, I noticed a reoccurance of depression symptoms, which I had not seen for over 5 years. This pill made me feel sad for no reason, emotional, and numb. I can;t believe my doc didnt ask me if I had any prior depressive episodes. 4 days later I still feel depressed. F 30 1 weeks
1X W
12/12/2011

 1  Malaria Prevention on trip to India Insomnia, paranoia, graduating into hallucinations and extreme psychotic episode lasting approx 3 months I CANT BELIEVE GPs ARE STILL PRESCRIBING THIS DRUG in 2011..After what happened to me over a decade ago on taking a course of this drug (and to many other people by all accounts - ask Paul Merton) I would say that it should be banned. Really scary that they still think it works. I was flown home on an emergency flight after risking my life on a trip with friends to India and Nepal due to a Lariam-induced psychosis, extremely frightening for my friends and dangerous for me. On the 'come down' back in a psychiatric ward in the UK (yes the effects were that deep, severe and prolonged..) I felt suicidally depressed for months and could still hear voices and thought that people were imposters out to kill me..all totally crazy stuff, I have never experienced such symptoms before, or, thankfully, since. What a damaging poison. F 36 3 months
30mg 1X D
12/3/2011
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 1  Short term vacation in Zanzibar Severe insomnia, panic attacks, discomfort, slight paranoia, severe vomiting after alcohol intake. Still going on 2 months after the last pill, seems to get worse. My boyfriend was recommended Lariam by his Austrian doctor. He didn't feel any side effects but 2 months after the last pill, I still feel horrible, cannot get sleep, am subject panic attacks and paranoia. I wish I had never taken this, it ruins my life at the moment. F 25 4 weeks
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10/1/2011
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 1  malaria Prevention 1994-1995 ....Following day after first dose I felt very I'll and stressed, not knowing what was wrong with me... I couldn't relax... and this feeling has sort of stayed with me. Virtually continuous use for 10 months. Continued suffering from fatigue, ANXIETY, disorientation, dizzyness, lack of concentration, headaches always the day after taking each pill ( I called it my Lariam Headache) , alternating between hot and cold within minutes, depression ( treated with seroxat causing more problems and Very Vivid dreams/nightmares) hospitalised in Abidjan for 3 days and all basic tests for illness proved negative. I have never got back to the feelings of peace and relaxation that I used to take for granted before I took this devastating poison. On subsequent much shorter visits to Africa, I used Malarone, which did not appear to have any significant side effects !!! DO NOT TAKE LARIAM !!! M 58 10 months
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7/23/2011
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 1  prevent malaria on holiday to India nausea, stomache ache, general feeling of ill health i wouldn't recommend it. Side effects came on very quickly. I've decided to go back to using the two tablets I had before when I went as I feel so ill. I thought it would be good only having one tablet per week as the other type give me stomach problems too but not as bad I've found F 56 1 days
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3/2/2011

 1  Malaria I experienced swelling of feet, nausea, deathly frightening nightmares, suicide, paranoia, vomiting, diarrhea (not sure if this was from water though), pain in stomach, blood was really hot, losing my mind, sadness, crying for no reason, recollection of past and possibly past life, one patch of hair loss, jittery nerves, numbing and shaking hands and feet, and difficulty of breathing. I am happy I understand that these were side effects and not something I contracted out there. I do not recommend this drug to anybody. M 36 7 weeks
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2/21/2011
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 1  Malaria prevention Anxiety attacks I have stopped taking it but the anxiety continues F 64 6 weeks
250 mg 1X D
2/12/2011

 1  Nigeria Insomnia, twitching, restless legs, loss of concentration, anxiety, psychosis, Depression, suicide attempt Took this for about one year starting at age 19. Not only did it not work (I contracted malaria while in Nigeria) but I also experienced the listed side effects for several years. F 35 1 years
Standard 1X W
2/3/2011
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 1  Malaria Horrible. You wish you were dead instead. M 34 3 weeks
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2/1/2011

 1  prevention of malaria nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low mood, heartburn, light headed I took 1 tablet last night and the side effects kicked in right away. I'm already on anti depressants and have a history of anxiety and major depression. My doctor did NOT warn me about the risks associated with Lariam at all. You'd think that with my history, he would be very cautious about prescribing this drug for me. It's clear after reading this page that my doctor along with many others know NOTHING about the risks. All of today I feel like I am having brain shivers.. as if my brain is struggling to keep up with my body and it's just rattling inside my head. I only ever feel this when I suffer withdrawal symptoms from missing a dose of an anti depressant. I did NOT miss any dose so I know it's the Lariam. Since last night I feel as if something is caught in my throat. It hurts to swallow when I eat because it feels as if my throat passage is narrower. I have severe heartburn. Taking a zantac did not ease the discomfort at all. My head just hurts. I feel dizzy. I had to go home half an hour into work this morning because I couldn't cope. I vomited when I got home. Went back to my doctor and he gave me Stemetil to help with the nausea. Even that isn't helping!!!!! I still feel terrible. My head hurts so much and I've been crying all afternoon. I don't know what to do. I've been poisoned. I am so angry that this drug is on the market. How dare they do this to people. F 22 1 days
250mg 1X W
12/15/2010
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 1  Holiday to South Africa ( Safari) Dizzy, fever, shaking, halucinations, flu like symptoms, extreme tiredness, stomach ache, headache, depression, crying unexpectedly, paranoia, panic attacks, high blood pressure reading, blurred vision, "foggy" head, loss of memory - hideous side effects. I had taken anti maleria tablets before but not this one. Was given it by GP nurses on the basis that "once a week dose is more convenient than daily" - it's not worth the risk! Take the daily one. Malerone works just as well but without the psychological side effects. Not saying there are no side effects with Malerone, but they are not as bad by a long way. One month after taking, I still feel unwell and hope it will eventually remove itself from my body. The GPs just try to give you Valium or similar to control the panic attacks (which I did not take as I am not keen to increase the chemical imbalance any further) but I am improving gradually. I went from a perfectly sane and controlled individual to a jibbering wreck and in my view, this drug should be taken off the market. The more people who publish their experiences the better so that others dont have their holiday ruined the way I did! F 47 2 weeks
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12/15/2010
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 1  6 month trip across Africa nightmares, anxiety, paranoia, took Larium in 1993, side effects immediate and I stopped taking it whilst away as couldnt stand it anymore. It has ruined my life, still continue to deal with cycles of depression and anxiety. Let me stress taking this drug changed me, I had absolutely no mental illness prior to my trip and was an outgoing personality. Returned to the UK from African trip to a media outburst from people who had reactions to this, however obviously nothing has changed as its still available. F 39 2 months
1X D
12/1/2010

 1  Trip to Africa Dizziness, migraines, hypohydrosis, weight gain, lethagy, pernicious anaemia, memory confusion, general symptoms associated with hypothyroidism.t Took Larium for one week approx 10 years ago and within hours of taking the tablet became ill. Doctor immediately changed anti-malaria tablet and started treatment for symptoms, 10 years on, am having to take daily doses of levothyroxine and have been on countless different types of medication to combat mefloquin contra indications. STILL undergoing tests and medical reviews to combat effects of this drug. Has had a devasting and long term effect on my life, and continues to do so. It really should be banned. F 45 7 days
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11/16/2010
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 1  Holiday to Africa Dizziness, headaches, panic attacks, problems with concentration & vision, aches in chest, arms and cheeks. This is poison and is still affecting me 3 months after I finished taking the tablets. It should be banned. M 48 6 weeks
250 MG 1X W
10/22/2010

 1  trip to Guatemala (anti-malarial) hallucinations, difficulty sleeping, severe anxiety, paranoia, and depression. I had no idea this drug would affect me this much. I have a lot of stress in my life right now and the Lariam has amplified my problems to the point that I can't cope with anything. I don't feel like myself at all. The anxiety and depression brings\ me to the point of suicidal thoughts, because I can't find a way out of the darkness. (This is highly uncharacteristic of me and scares me because I don't know how to deal with such foreign feelings.) I had to stop taking the Lariam after the 7th week when it finally made me snap. I'm now on anti depressants and anti anxiety medication to help hold me over until the Lariam is out of my system. I hope I can return to normal. I would highly recommend that people consider alternatives before using this drug. F 23 2 months
250 MG 1X W
9/21/2010

 1  military deployment to africa nightmares, suicidal thoughts, depression, isolation, paranoid thoughts, i became really, really withdrawn from my friends. i was hearing voices in my head. thinking of things that were so far from reality it's scary to think of them now. i wanted to die and the army gave me the tools to do it. if it wasn't for the best of friends i wouldn't be writing this now. cheers buddy. now i still suffer from lariam. i have pains in all my limbs, bad headaches, muscle spasms, low libido, depression. really disturbed sleep patterns- many nights my wife wakes with me sweating profusely and trying to choke her. this is just mental shit, dont take one tablet. i dont know if i'll ever be the same again. M 31 6 months
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9/17/2010
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 1  Africa -- Victoria Falls Peripheral Neuropathy -- atypical GBS Burning pain in legs, trouble urinating, weak erections + painful ejaculations, trouble emptying bowels, muscle atrophy, loss of balance, depression, suicidal ideation etc. etc. etc. Do not take this medication - EVER!!! M 29
250 MG 1X W
9/14/2010
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 1  African Safari Still suffering, since 2002:Severe depression,suicidal ideation,loss of memory,balance,concentration,word retrieval.Confusion,slurred speech,"black outs".On & on...... Would NEVER recommend Lariam..It has changed my life forever in so many ways, I don't have enough room to write the ways. F 70 6 weeks
250 1X D
9/11/2010
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 1  PLasmodium P.vivax (Malaria) Shortness of breath after 2 hrs.(Like couldn't take a complete breath)closed throat,mainly on the left side of my throat, Anxiety,hallucinations,solid loss of appetite,lights appeared flashy. Well i was diagnosed with p vivax malaria and I live in India(Bombay) I was a much stronger than any of you guys here..the day I took this crap it really damaged my body ,I had no option and i didn't know the side effects.I took 4 pills before dinner the day i was diagnosed and soon started to feel that I couldn't take a complete breath I got real panic and then I realized this has caused epigastric distress and stomach has gone all dead and sore coz it kills the good bacteria in the stomach and makes the stomach sore.then again 4 after 6 hrs i took the first dose of 4 pills and then later 2 after 6 hours again..that day my life changed and I got depressed ..its been a year the anxiety has subsided a lot but it has damaged my stomach ..my appetite came back after 2 months ..but taking a complete breath and closed throat is still the same..I know what u ppl might be going thru..i feel it subsides over time..just keep ur self's hydrated...avoid alcohol till the side effects r completely gone..eat lot of vegtables and fruit.. ty to avoid non veg as far as possible.do NOT EAT SPICEY>>> the stomach issues will come up again making u feel nausatic. ALL I recommend is keep ur self busy doing something like playing video games,reading or walking and doing some mild exercise.This shit will fade over time..and the BEST ..Just pray to GOD>.its all in his hands.we were destined to get this and I feel God just wants us to pray to him. Everything will be alright Love and lig M 24 1 days
30 mg 10X D
9/10/2010
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 1  long term stay in East Africa synestesia and tactile hallucinations, panic attacks, severe constant anxiety, nightmares, depression, suicidal ideation, agoraphobia, fear of dying, paranoia, severe insomnia, inability to eat, severe fatigue, headache, agitation, loss of body thermoregulation, weakness, tremor, dizziness, loss of balance, motion sickness, confused thoughts, sound sensitivity, very low stress tolerance. After stopping taking Lariam, it took 2 more months until the side effects slowly disappeared. And even after that, at certain moments the symptoms reappeared briefly. It was the worst period I have ever experienced. I am happy the side effects were not permanent, but I will never ever take this drug again, and I would advise everyone not to take it. And in addition to the side effects and the damage it does to your body; Taking preventive antimalarial causes the malaria to develop drug resistance. Malaria becomes harder to cure! After three months stopping the Lariam, I got Malaria. I recovered and I'm now on homeopathic pills. Until now very happy with it! F 24 6 weeks
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9/10/2010
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 1  One-week trip to Rio, Brazil Mental: panic attacks, severe constant anxiety, anxiety loop thinking, nightmares, depression, suicidal ideation, social anxiety, agoraphobia, anhedonia (lack of interest), thanatophobia (fear of dying), rage, aggression, anger, mood swings, paranoia… Physical: severe insomnia, weight loss (~12kg), weight gain (~20kg) inability to eat, severe fatigue, headache, severe liver pain/gall bladder pain, “toxic feeling”, agitation, sweating, tremor, postural orthostatic tachycardia, faintness, dry eyes, malaise, weakness, tremor, numb limbs… Vestibular Dysfunction: dizziness, loss of balance, vertigo, poor cognition, motion sickness, confused thoughts, jumbled speech, photo-sensitivity, sound sensitivity, “brain fog”, low stress tolerance… The horrors of Lariam are beyond the comprehension of any friend, family member or medical professional. Those who truly understand are those that have taken and reacted. My story is much like many others; no history of any psychological problems, feeling great and enjoying life. After the 4th tablet I "broke" in March 2009. Collapsed at work with a BPM of 180PM. Then came the long, long, long struggle with trying to regain my sanity, perspective and life. Severe debilitating anxiety consumed me for almost 6 months. After just 4 weeks off work I went back to work, everyday the same, shaking and sweating in the office trying to cope with running my own business, with my friends and colleagues watching in awe and horror. Had to deal with idiotic psychiatrist who put me on 2x different drugs (Pregabalin + Escitalopram) telling me I had an "anxiety disorder". Got myself off these drugs after 6 months and continue to improve with rest, supplements, ayurveda and *time*. Still suffer with thyroid issues (shaking, agitation, tremor), vestibular issues (brain fog) and fatigue, but I am continuing to improve. Lariam completely changed my personality and I have fought to change it back. This drug is Satan's accomplice. It is the worst form of torture and it is a suffering that one shoulders completely alone. I am in the process of setting up a website at lariam.org to help others identify Lariam toxicity and recover from it. I am determined to make a full recovery, a M 25 4 weeks
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7/28/2010
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