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What should I know about mefloquine before taking it?

Mefloquin is used for the treatment and prevention of infection caused by susceptible strains of the malaria parasite. Severe psychological and neurological side effects may occur when taking mefloquine, including hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, depression, restlessness, suicidal thoughts, psychotic behavior, confusion, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, loss of balance, seizures and insomnia. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms while taking mefloquine, and before you start the drug, tell your doctor if you've had them in the past. You also should let your doctor know if you have heart or liver disease. Less serious side effects of mefloquine include: headaches, rash, muscle aches, or drowsiness.

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