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Lariam 250mg Tablets

Lariam 250mg Tablets

£1.61

If you are planning a holiday, but are worried about getting malaria, buy Lariam tablets at Star pharmacy. All you need to do is fill in a simple medical questionnaire and if treatment is suitable for you a supply will be made by our experienced pharmacist, under a patient group direction. However, if you are not eligible and/ or need to be referred to another practitioner then a supply will not be made and a full refund will be issued.

Lariam tablets contain the active ingredient mefloquine and are a convenient once-weekly treatment for malaria prevention and are effective in a number of countries around the world. 

Suitable for age:

18 years +

Consultation required?

Yes

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What is Lariam and what is it used for?

Lariam contains the active ingredient mefloquine hydrochloride. It is a prescription only medication that can be supplied by our very own trained pharmacist, following a free consultation, to help prevent malaria. All you need to do is fill in a simple medical questionnaire and if treatment is suitable for you a supply will be made, under a patient group direction. However, if you are not eligible and/ or need to be referred to another practitioner then a supply will not be made and a full refund will be issued.

Malaria is caused by the plasmodium parasite. This parasite is carried by mosquitoes and transferred to humans through bites. Lariam works by interfering with the growth of the parasites in the red blood cells of the body. 

How does Lariam work?

Lariam contains the active ingredient mefloquine hydrochloride. The exact mechanism of how Lariam works involves inhibiting the formation of the parasite’s enzyme required for DNA replication, ultimately disrupting its ability to multiply and survive in the body. By impeding the parasite’s lifestyle, Lariam helps prevent the progression of malaria in individuals exposed to the disease.

Treatment details

The dose of lariam tablets depends on your weight. Adults and children of more than 45kg in body weight should take one whole tablet each week, on the same day. The tablets should be swallowed whole preferably after a meal with plenty of liquid. In order to ensure that mefloquine is well tolerated before travelling, it is recommended that the patient should start prophylaxis 10 days before departure ( i.e. take the first dose 10 days before departure and the 2nd dose 3 days before departure). Treatment should therefore begin 10 days prior to travel, continue throughout the trip and to be continued for 4 weeks after leaving the malarious area. It is essential that you continue to take the tablets post-travel, to cover the disease’s incubation period. 

How to prevent Malaria ?

In addition to taking lariam tablets, you can further lower your risk of developing malaria by the following preventative measures:

  • Staying in air-conditioned rooms with screens on the window. If this is not possible then make sure the doors and windows are closed.
  • If there is no air conditioning at night, sleep under a mosquito net that has been sprayed with an insecticide. 
  • Use DEET or other insect repellents to protect your skin.
  • Wear light, loose fitting trousers and shirts with long sleeves. This is very important during the early evening and night when mosquitoes prefer to feed

Alternatives to Lariam

There are several antimalarials that are available to buy, or on prescription such as, malarone, doxycycline. It depends on your preference and if you have any existing medical conditions. It is therefore important that you discuss any questions or concerns with a healthcare professional prior to travelling. 

 

Additional information
Suitable for age:

18 years +

Consultation required?

Yes

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