We evaluated retrospectively the safety of mefloquine (25 mg/kg) for the curative treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria in 26 infants weighing <15 kg and managed during a 5-year period. Side effects were recorded in 30.8% of patients and consisted chiefly of mild and transient gastrointestinal symptoms. Mefloquine was safe in infants weighing <15 kg in our experience.
From the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Jeanne de Flandre Hospital, Lille, France; the †Pediatrics Department, Andrée Rosemon Hospital, Cayenne, France; the ‡Parasitology-Mycology Laboratory, Cayenne Teaching Hospital and Antilles Guyana Teaching and Research Center, Cayenne, France; and the §Pediatrics Department, Saint Vincent de Paul Teaching Hospital, Paris, France
Accepted for publication February 13, 2004.
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