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Neurotoxic Antimalarial Mefloquine (Lariam)

International Mefloquine Veterans' Alliance... 


 Canadian Lariam-Mefloquin Veteran Support... 

Symptoms of toxic mefloquine impairment in some cases mimic some of the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD.

Anyone who has taken Mefloquine, and has been diagnosed with PTSD by a Canadian Armed Forces medical officer, should consult a medical doctor who is well informed about the signs and symptoms of toxic mefloquine impairment. The central nervous system symptoms, including cognitive impairment, can appear long after mefloquine was stopped.

There are reasonable grounds to believe that evidence that would have confirmed the adverse effects of mefloquine, was concealed from the Somalia Inquiry in 1994 and 1995.  





vivid dreams


homicidal ideation

suicidal ideation

cognitive impairment






Mefloquine Chronology Part 1 & 2

Part 1: See pdf file...

Part 2: See pdf file...


Write a Letter To Your MP

The time has come for Parliament to immediately direct the Minister of Veterans Affairs to establish a national registry for veterans who believe they may be suffering chronic health effects from exposure to the neurotoxic antimalarial mefloquine (Lariam), a drug developed by the U.S. military over four decades ago.

Evidence suggests that a syndrome of lasting neurological and psychiatric effects occurs among a significant percentage of veterans who have been ordered to take this drug as chemoprophylaxis for malaria since the  original issue of this drug by Health Canada (unlicensed at the time) in November 1992.

Contrary to FDA guidance, many of these veterans were ordered to take mefloquine without receiving critical warnings or effective monitoring. Prodromal symptoms such as:

  • insomnia, 

  • vivid dreams,

  • dissociation, 

  • homicidal ideation,

  • suicidal ideation,

  • cognitive impairment,

  • anxiety, 

  • depression, 

  • restlessness, and/or 

  • confusion.

These symptoms should have prompted them to immediately discontinue the drug. They did not and could not.

In July 2013 the FDA directed a black box warning appear on the mefloquine product insert clarifying that neurological side effects from the drug could be permanent and that psychiatric side effects could persist “for months or years after mefloquine has been stopped.â€? Many of these side effects mimic those of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder, yet affect veterans who lack the history of traumatic exposures that would better explain these diagnoses. These veterans risk suffering in confused silence. 

VAC must initiate a nationwide campaign to identify all veterans who took mefloquine and may be suffering from its chronic health effects, so as to better guide their future medical treatment and to determine how best to compensate those suffering permanent disability from the drug’s neurotoxicity. The United States is already underway with such a program. Why not Canada?

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Links Library

1CDN JFHQ SOMALIA TO CJTF HQ SOMALIA.pdf    Mefloquine_2014 - Ringqvist et al. - Acute and long-term psychiatric side effects of mefloquine.pdf
An Afghan Veteran's Rage.pdf    Mefloquine_House of Commons Committees - PACC (36-2) - April 1999 Report of the Auditor.pdf
BRIEFING NOTE FOR THE MINISTER NOV 24 1994.pdf        Mefloquine_House of Commons Committees - PACC (36-2) - Evidence - Number 004.pdf
Brill-Edwards, Dr. Michele_Doctor Flags Dangerous Flaws In Drug Regulation.pdf    Mefloquine_Malaria Drug For Canadian Troops Called Dangerous.pdf
Dallaire_House of Commons Committees.pdf    Mefloquine_Neurotoxicity_Comments.pdf
Danish Study on Mefloquine Long-term.pdf    Mefloquine_The_Nightmare_Drug_Hana Gartner.pdf
Dr. Nevin_Hervey.pdf    Nevin, Dr. Remington_APA Mefloquine.pdf
First hand account of MCpl Dowe to Dr Nevin.pdf    Parliament of Canada Mefloquine Search
HMCS Preserver_002726 WEEKLY SITREP DEC 92.pdf    PERMANENT mefloquine brain damage.pdf
Inadequate monitoring of mefloquine.pdf    post deployment report op deliverance 16 nov 1992.pdf
Kenward_Strahl.pdf    Somalia Inquiry Report_Original.pdf
Mefloquine _Mefloquine Drug Issue_Toews, Bonnie.pdf    Somalia Inquiry's Damning Report - The Canadian Encyclopedia.pdf
Mefloquine use, psychosis, and violence_ A retinoid toxicity hypothesis.pdf   Somalia_Dixon vs. Canada.pdf
Mefloquine_1999 April Audit Observations.pdf   US-veterans-affairs-recognizes-long-term-toxic-effects-of-anti-malaria-drug-mefloquine-lariam



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