British Army Medical Officer on Existing Treatments for Lariam Depression: “All They Do is Stick a Plaster Over It”

Maj Mick Wallace took Lariam during his deployment in Kenya in 1998, and he says he has been severely depressed ever since:

“When I came back my wife said I wasn’t the same man. I was short-tempered, anxious at times. I just didn’t feel right and it’s still going on.

“I’ve had several courses of anti-depressants and all they do is stick a plaster over it and as soon as I stop taking them, I go downhill again.

“I’ve never attempted suicide but it’s been at the back of my mind.

“Recently I went into my barn which I use as a workshop and I had to leave straightaway because I kept thinking about hanging myself.

“So many men and woman have already been affected. I think the government would be foolish not to take up the recommendations but this should have happened a long time ago.” read more

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Sima Kotecha, Lariam should be drug of last resort for troops, MPs say, Today, BBC, 24 May 2016.


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