Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Truth About Larium...

I wrote this post on my personal blog, but the more I think about it, the more I think it belongs here.  If you are looking for an anti-malarial, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.
Almost a year ago, I went into a doctor to be put on an anti-malarial medication before going to Ghana.  He insisted that I go on a drug called Larium (Mefloquine).  Having heard various horror stories associated with the drug, I questioned him and proposed the various less risky drugs (Doxycycline, etc).  Again he claimed that Larium was the better option.  I was not too convinced, but I went with it.

The side effects were almost immediate.  From the ridiculously long list of possible problems, I was subject to extremely vivid dreams, mood swings, thoughts about death, "bizarre behavior," and once, a hallucination.  Considering the rest of them, I lucked out.  

What I did not know?  That the drug is going to stick with me.  Sure I cannot give blood for 10 years, but will I have nightmares for the same amount of time?  Why didn't I know about this?

Confused by why I am still not sleeping without riding dinosaurs, hashing out failed relationships, fighting the Hindu goddess Kali, or escaping genocide, I decided to look up some reviews.  Here is a less than comforting list of some of the comments:

Do not take this drug. It is poison.
Read more at http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19591&name=LARIAM&ktrack=kcplink

I took it in 1998 for a trip to South America. Started having sleepless nights, memory loss and getting terrifying hallucinations but didn't even consider it to be conneceted because I wasn't warned about any side effects by the doctor. Then developed depression and spent hours lying in a dark room feeling like killing myself. Was prescribed Prozac, but the doctor still didn't mention any connection to Larium. It wasn't until I mentioned to a friend who told me about Larium that I checked on the web and started ticking off the side effects that I realised what had happened. Larium nearly destroyed my marriage. If I owned a gun I would be dead by now. The serious side effects lasted at leats six or seven years but I still get the odd hallucination and my short term memory is still affected. DON'T TAKE IT. USE SOMETHING ELSE
Read more at http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=19591&name=LARIAM&ktrack=kcplink

No question it can help prevent malaria but it may also destroy your life. Roche Pharmacueticles updated the drug literature 4 times since I took this drug. Little too late.....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Inquiry Conference!

Hey Everyone!

I am presenting my project in Ghana at the BYU Inquiry Conference this Friday at 10 AM.  I am also participating in a panel discussion a bit later.  It would be great if you could come, especially to listen to our great key note speakers this year!

I also have two photographs in the art show.  There is a people's choice award that you should help me get by going and voting!  This is one of the pictures I submitted.  Hope to see many of you there!