General Information on Taking LariamSome considerations for people taking Lariam include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken as a one-time dose when used to treat malaria or once weekly when used to prevent malaria.
- Lariam should be taken after a full meal to help prevent stomach upset, and with a full glass of water (at least eight ounces).
- If you vomit after taking Lariam, call your healthcare provider. He or she will tell you if you need to take another dose. Children seem to be more likely to vomit after taking Lariam.
- If you are using Lariam to prevent malaria, make sure to take your dosage on the same day of the week to keep an even level of the medication in your bloodstream.
- To prevent malaria, Lariam is usually taken weekly starting between one and three weeks before travel to a malaria area, during travel, and for four weeks after returning.
- If Lariam tablets cannot be swallowed whole, they may be crushed and mixed with a small amount of water, milk, or other fluid. Because this medication is very bitter, mixing the crushed tablet in chocolate syrup, jelly, or applesauce can make it taste better for young children.
- If you are taking Lariam to treat malaria, you should start to feel better within two days of beginning treatment. If you do not start to feel better, your healthcare provider may need to give you a different medication.
- It is important to use protective clothing, bed nets, and insect repellents to protect you from being bitten by mosquitoes in a malaria area. Lariam alone may not prevent a malaria infection.
- You will be given a medication wallet card with Lariam. Make sure you carry it with you at all times while you are taking this medicine.
- Make sure you continue to take this medication for the full treatment course, even if you start to feel better. Your infection may not be entirely gone, even though you feel better.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.