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Lariam (Anti-Malaria Drug) Claim

If you were not told the side effects of the drug “Lariam” and developed adverse reactions, you could make a claim. Contact DPP Law on 0333 200 5859today for straightforward and understanding legal support.

Lariam (Mefloquine Hydrochloride) is often used for malaria prevention. Military personnel may be prescribed Lariam before serving abroad. It will render them less likely to contract the serious tropical illness. 

Unfortunately, the medication may also cause serious side effects that can have troubling effects, including mental health problems. The problems experienced by someone who has been given Lariam include:

  • A restless feeling
  • Confusion or panic
  • Behavioural changes, including strange behaviour, doing dangerous things or becoming aggressive
  • Paranoia and delusions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Suicidal thoughts

These types of anti-malarial drugs can cause real struggles should side effects occur. They may affect the health and wellbeing of those who have taken it, as well as their ability to do their job.

Civilian and military medical professionals have a duty of care towards service personnel. They must inform patients of the possible side effects above before prescribing Lariam.

If you – or a loved one serving in the military – weren’t told of these side effects then suffered as a result, you could make a Lariam compensation claim.

How our Lariam compensation solicitors can help you

DPP Law’s military law solicitors have helped with many successful military and personal injury claims. We can provide valuable advice to service personnel and their loved ones who are planning to claim for compensation.

Our Lariam compensation claims clients will experience a sensitive and confidential service. We know that it can feel difficult to make a claim while suffering from a serious condition. For this reason, we will make your experience straightforward and transparent.

We know that it can be emotionally difficult to make a claim against the MOD, but it is important that your own needs are met, and that you are able to access proper support and achieve peace of mind. Your claim should never affect your career.

All doctors prescribing Lariam must take the relevant precautions. These include informing their patients of possible side effects.

They must also inform the MHRA if you suffer side effects. (This stands for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency).

If you believe that your medic did not make the possible impact of the drug clear either to you or to a loved one, you may have a claim. You may also make a claim if you have tried to report side effects but there was no action taken.

The mental health conditions caused by Lariam may have a profound and lasting effect. You are within your rights to receive compensation for this. Compensation can help to cover expenses incurred during your recovery. They can also replace lost earnings.

Our solicitors can also provide guidance surrounding:

We can also provide advice on safer alternatives to Lariam, including:

  • Atovaquone plus proguanil
  • Doxycycline/Vibramycin-D
  • Chloroquine and proguanil

Frequently Asked Questions

What side effects can Lariam cause?

After taking Lariam, you may experience troubling side effects, including mental health problems.

They may range from a sense of restlessness and confusion to suicidal thoughts. You may also experience:

  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions and paranoia
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Convulsions

Extreme drowsiness, insomnia or unusual dreams may also occur. You could experience dizziness or vertigo too.

More physical side effects may occur too. These could include:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach pains
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors

It is possible to experience side effects for several weeks after your most recent dose of the drug.

A Lariam claim will usually be against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

You may be able to make a claim under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS). It is also possible to make a civil personal injury claim. You may consider taking both approaches.

For details of the services available from DPP Law’s armed forces solicitors, contact us on 0333 200 5859. Our lines are open all day and night. You can also fill in our online contact form, providing as much detail as possible. All information will remain confidential and we will handle your case very sensitively.

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