Lariam: Hundreds of British soldiers suffering from mental illness after being given anti-malarial drug

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/lariam-hundreds-of-british-soldiers-suffering-from-mental-illness-after-being-given-antimalarial-drug-10179792.html

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been accused of knowingly risking the mental health of its own soldiers after new figures showed that nearly 1,000 British servicemen and women have required psychiatric treatment after taking a discredited anti-malarial drug.

Psychosis, suicidal thoughts, depression and hallucinations are among the mental-health problems associated with Lariam, also known as mefloquine

In October 2013, Roche, the manufacturer of Lariam, wrote to doctors in Britain warning that “hallucinations, psychosis, suicide, suicidal thoughts and self-endangering behaviour have been reported” and that the drug “may induce potentially serious neuropsychiatric disorders

Responding to the new statistics yesterday, General Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, said: “It is extraordinary that the MoD continues with this policy given the mounting evidence as to the harmful effects of Lariam. The MoD should decide as a matter of urgency to no longer prescribe Lariam but use some other malaria prophylactic.”

Maj-Gen Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando during the Falklands War, said: “Having twice used Lariam myself when travelling to Africa, I switched to Malarone over 10 years ago, after I experienced hallucinations.”

Note: This is the same UK MOD responsible for the Ebola humanitarian mission in West Africa.

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