Our expert says:
Hmm. If I remember rightly, Mefliam is Mefloquine, a drug similar to quinine and used to treat or prevent infection with malaria. The package insert specifically says it should NOT be used in " Patients with depression or a past history of depression, generalized anxiety disorder, psychosis, including schizophrenia or other psychiatric disturbances." There is also a very specific WARNING : " Mefloquine may cause psychiatric symptoms in some patients, ranging from anxiety, paranoia and depression to more serious hallucinations and psychotic behaviour. In some instances, these symptoms have continued long after mefloquine was stopped, according to reports. " Forgetfulness is listed amongst its side-effects, as are palpitations, etc. So I would have been cautious about using Mefliam in your case. A Trabel Clinic may be convenient, but, knowing you less well than your GP, might not have ben as well able to assess whether this mdication was wise in your particular case.
The official advice seems to be when such symptoms appear, to stop the Mefliam, as you did, and to treat the symptom. Alzam and Irbanol are both benzodiazepine sedative tranquillizers, which can be used to treat anxiety symptoms.
Its worth avoiding alcohol until all of this was settled down.
If the anxiety symptopms and insomnia do not settle down soon, ask your GP about referring you to a specialist psychiatrist for re-assessment and a discussion of treatment options.
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