Medicine Overview of Mefque Tablet
Mefque 250mg Tablet is used in the treatment of malaria
Abdominal pain, Abnormal dreams, Anxiety, Chills, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Fever, Headache, Altered heart rate, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Itching, Loss of appetite, Muscle pain, Nausea, Rash, Ringing in ear, Vertigo, Visual impairment, Vomiting, Fatigue.
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. Mefque 250mg Tablet is to be taken with food.
Mefque 250mg Tablet is a weak base that reaches high concentration within the malarial parasite and causes accumulation of toxic heme pigment, which kills it.
In Depth Information on Mefque Tablet
- Consult your doctor before taking mefloquine if you have fits (seizures), any heart diseases or liver disorders.
- Seek immediate medical attention if you experience pain, burning, tingling, numbness in hands/feet and/or muscle weakness or problems in eyes or with vision after taking mefloquine.
- Do not drive or operate machinery while using mefloquine as it may cause dizziness and visual disturbances.
- Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Mefque Tablet related warnings
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Mefque 250mg 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.
Mefque 250mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Do not drive unless you are feeling well.
Mefque 250mg Tablet can cause dizziness, loss of balance and mental problems and this may affect your ability to drive.
There is limited information available on the use of Mefque 250mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Mefque 250mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Mefque 250mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Mefque 250mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
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Frequently asked questions about Mefque Tablet
Yes. Mefque is safe if used at the prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
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
Mefque 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)
Mefque is used in the prevention and treatment of malaria
Yes. Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep) is a common side effect of Mefque treatment
Yes. Studies have indicated that Mefque is safe for use in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
Severely interacts with other drugs like
Taking Mefque with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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