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Are there any risks associated with taking mefloquine?

People who are allergic to similar drugs, such as quinine or quinidine, may have allergic reactions to mefloquine also. Pregnant women, women who may become pregnant and women who are nursing should not take mefloquine because there is  the risk of harm to a developing fetus or nursing infant. Babies younger than 6 months of age and children weighing less than 11 pounds should not take mefloquine. A recent history of mental or nervous system illness, including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety or seizures, may also prevent mefloquine use, as this medication may worsen these conditions. If these symptoms begin while taking mefloquine, tell your doctor immediately. Also contact your doctor if you have neurological side effects like dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus, loss of balance, seizures and insomnia. The doctor needs to know if the patient currently has uncontrolled vomiting or diarrhea, liver or kidney disease, irregular heartbeat, heart disease or severe complications from malarial infection.

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