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US Army Orders Soldiers To Stop Taking Anti-Malaria Drug Due To Brain Damage Risks

September 19th, 2013

September 19, 2013

While medications can be effective in treating the ailments we suffer, certain drugs may put the user at risk of serious adverse health events. The North Carolina Drug Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst explain that one such case involves soldiers developing health problems after taking the anti-malaria medication mefloquine.

A story released by MSN News states that doctors with the U.S. Army have ordered soldiers in the Special Forces to stop taking mefloquine due to the risk of brain damage that, in some cases, can become permanent. The decision comes on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordering that warnings on the medication be strengthened.

Mefloquine was developed in the 1970s as a way to prevent soldiers from contracting Malaria. Since that time, there have been numerous reports from those taking the medication of side effects that can include:

  • Dizziness
  • Ringing In the Ears
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Experts say the side effects of the drug may have been mistakenly diagnosed as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or another condition. Furthermore, doctors should submit potentially misdiagnosed cases to the Veterans Affairs Department to be examined to determine if toxic levels of the drug may be to blame for a patient’s condition.

HensonFuerst’s team of North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how devastating an injury caused be taking a medication can be. The firm is here to help anyone who has been negatively affected by a medication they were prescribed by a doctor.