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Artesunate(100 mg),Mefloquine(220 mg)

food interaction for MEFLIAM PLUS

alcohol interaction for MEFLIAM PLUS

pregnancy interaction for MEFLIAM PLUS

lactation interaction for MEFLIAM PLUS

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Mefliam plus tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Mefliam plus tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Artesunate(100 mg)


Artesunate is used in the treatment of malaria

How it works

Artesunate acts by producing free radicals within the malarial parasite, which kills it.

Common side effects

Abnormal blood cell count, Abnormal liver function tests, Anemia, Slow heart rate, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Gastrointestinal disturbance, Altered heart rate, Feeling of discomfort, Stomach pain, Vomiting
Mefloquine(220 mg)


Mefloquine is used in the treatment of malaria

How it works

Mefloquine is a weak base that reaches high concentration within the malarial parasite and causes accumulation of toxic heme pigment, which kills it.

Common side effects

Abdominal pain, Abnormal dreams, Anxiety, Chills, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Fever, Headache, Altered heart rate, Insomnia, Itching, Loss of appetite, Muscle pain, Nausea, Rash, Ringing in ear, Vertigo, Visual impairment, Vomiting, Fatigue


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Expert advice FOR MEFLIAM PLUS

  • Do not start or continue the artesunate tablets and consult your doctor If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to artesunate.
  • Do not start or continue the artesunate tablets and consult your doctor you are in first 3 months of pregnancy  or If you are breast feeding.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking artesunate because you may feel sleepy.

Frequently asked questions FOR MEFLIAM PLUS


Q. Is artesunate banned in India?
No, it is available in India with doctor's prescription only

Q. What is artesunate amodiaquine/ Winthrop/artesunate injection?
These are trade names of artesunate containing products. It is used for the treatment of malaria. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q. Why is artesunate better than quinine?
Intramuscular or intravenous injection of artesunate has shown better treatment effects than quinine. Always consult your doctor regarding its use

Q. Does artesunate contain sulphur?
No, it does not contain sulphur

Q. How does artesunate work?
It acts by producing free radicals which kills the malarial parasite (Plasmodium)

Q. Where does artesunate come from?
It is derived from Artemisinin tree.


Q. Is mefloquine safe?
Yes. Mefloquine is safe if used at the prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q. Is mefloquine safe for babies?
It is not recommended for use in babies below 3 months and weighing less than 5 kg

Q. Is mefloquine an antibiotic/ a quinolone/ does it contain sulphur or sulfa/ contain quinine?
No. Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug with activity against malaria causing parasites. It is a quinine antimalarial and does not contain sulphur/ sulfa or quinolone

Q. Is mefloquine the same as doxycycline/ chloroquine?
No. Mefloquine is not the same as doxycycline or chloroquine. All three drugs have different mechanism of action and indications

Q. How does mefloquine work?
Mefloquine is an antimalarial drug. It works by killing the malaria causing parasite by destroying the parasites at a crucial stage of development (asexual intraerythocytic stage)

Q. What does mefloquine treat?
Mefloquine is used in the prevention and treatment of malaria

Q. Does mefloquine cause insomnia?
Yes. Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) is a common side effect of mefloquine treatment

Q. Is mefloquine safe for G6PD deficiency?
Yes. Studies have indicated that mefloquine is safe for use in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)