Monday, May 17, 2004
A Green Beret's Strange Suicide
Did Lariam kill Bill Howell
"But according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings, Bill's symptoms also appear to match the side effects from Lariam, an antimalaria drug invented by the Army that Howell took during his last deployment to Iraq. Lariam is a quinolone, a family of drugs with known mental side effects. Lariam can cross the 'blood-brain barrier' and dissolve in the fatty tissue of the brain. The FDA says Lariam can cause suicidal thinking, aggression, delusions and psychosis. The FDA also says that for some people, the side effects have been reported to last long after taking the drug. "