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Thursday, May 27, 2004
Okay, one more thing. Before I leave town, I have to call your attention to this:
"Drug causing GIs permanent brain damage." The drug in question is the antimalarial Lariam, and I can personally vouch for its psychosis-inducing effect having taken it in 2000 and becoming startlingly despondent for months, even long after I had voluntarily halted the regimen before it was complete. My doctors were flippant and dismissive about my reaction, and I would bet that depressive and psychotic contraindications are routinely underreported by a huge margin.

Lariam has been implicated in a wide range of psychiatric side effects among military personnel and Peace Corps workers, including suicide and homicide. Remember those four soldiers who killed their wives at Fort Bragg in 2002? They were all on Lariam.

A good information source on the Lariam controversy is Lariam Action USA.

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