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It is used to treat or prevent malaria infections.
               



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What is this medicine?

MEFLOQUINE (ME floe kwin) is used to treat or prevent malaria infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • depression or history of mental problems including anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, or psychosis
  • heart disease
  • liver disease
  • seizures (epilepsy or convulsions)
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to mefloquine, hydroxymefloquine, quinidine, quinine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food. If you are taking this medicine to prevent malaria, you should start taking it one week before entering the area, and continue for 4 weeks after leaving. Take your doses at regular intervals and on the same day of each week. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you are treating an acute malaria infection, you will receive a single dose of the drug. For prolonged travel in an area where malaria is common, consult your healthcare provider for proper dosing schedule.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • halofantrine
  • quinidine
  • quinine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • chloroquine
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines used to control seizures like valproic acid, carbamazepine, phenobarbital or phenytoin
  • medicines used to treat hay fever, colds or allergies
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
  • propranolol
  • typhoid vaccine

               
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