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Meflar 250mg Tablet

Prescription Required
SALT COMPOSITION
Storage
Store at room temperature (10-30°C)

Introduction

Meflar 250mg Tablet is an antiparasitic medicine, used for the treatment of malaria. It works by killing the malaria causing parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

Meflar 250mg Tablet should be used in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Take it with food to decrease the risk of stomach upset. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.

Some people may have stomach pain, abnormal dreams, chills, depression, and diarrhea, as side effects of this medicine. Please consult your doctor if these side effects persist for a longer duration. Inform your doctor if you ever had fits (seizures) or any problems with your kidney, heart or liver.

Uses of Meflar Tablet

Benefits of Meflar Tablet

In Malaria

Meflar 250mg Tablet is an antimalarial medicine and is used to treat malaria, a serious or life-threatening illness that is spread by a parasite that enters the human body by the bite of infected mosquitoes. It kills the infection causing parasite and stops further spread of the infection. Take it only as prescribed and refrain from taking any other medicines along with this medicine (unless advised by the doctor) as they may affect the absorption of this medicine. Do not use this medicine for treating any other condition without consulting your doctor.

Side effects of Meflar Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Meflar

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Atrial arrhythmias (altered heart rate)
  • Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping)
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Ringing in ear
  • Vertigo
  • Visual impairment
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue

How to use Meflar Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Meflar 250mg Tablet is to be taken with food.

How Meflar Tablet works

Meflar 250mg Tablet is an antiparasitic medication which treats malaria. It works by increasing the levels of haeme in the blood, a substance toxic to the malarial parasite. This kills the parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CAUTION
Caution is advised when consuming alcohol with Meflar 250mg Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Meflar 250mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Meflar 250mg Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Meflar 250mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Meflar 250mg Tablet can cause dizziness, loss of balance and mental problems and this may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Meflar 250mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Meflar 250mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Meflar 250mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Meflar 250mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

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Quick Tips

  • Meflar 250mg Tablet should be taken with food to prevent a stomach upset.
  • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
  • Tips to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes:
    • Wear light-colored and covered clothing when you are outside after sunset.
    • Use insect repellent creams or sprays on parts of your body not covered by clothing.
    • Spray to kill any mosquitoes that may have entered rooms in spite of screening.
  • It may cause dizziness or sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you have kidney liver or heart disease.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
4-Quinolinemethanol derivative
Habit Forming
No
Therapeutic Class
ANTI MALARIALS

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Meflar with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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LIFE-THREATENING
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LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Altrom
SERIOUS

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FAQs

Q. Who should not use Meflar 250mg Tablet?

Use of Meflar 250mg Tablet should be avoided in patients who are allergic to Meflar 250mg Tablet or any of its components. However, if you are not aware of any allergy or if you are using Meflar 250mg Tablet for the first time, consult your doctor.

Q. What should I tell my doctor before starting treatment with Meflar 250mg Tablet?

Before starting treatment with Meflar 250mg Tablet, inform your doctor if you have any other health conditions like kidney- or heart-related problems. This is because certain medical conditions may affect your treatment and you may even need dose modifications. Also, let your doctor know about all the other medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Q. Is Meflar 250mg Tablet safe?

Meflar 250mg Tablet is safe if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Take it exactly as directed and do not skip any dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully and let your doctor know if any of the side effects bother you.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Meflar 250mg Tablet?

If you forget a dose of Meflar 250mg Tablet, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next scheduled dose in the prescribed time. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. Can I stop taking Meflar 250mg Tablet when I feel better?

No, do not stop taking Meflar 250mg Tablet without consulting your doctor even if you are feeling better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Therefore, for better and complete treatment, it is advised to continue your treatment for the prescribed duration.

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References

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Country of Origin: India
Expires on or after: January, 2021

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