Mefloquine, an anti-malarial drug used for years by U.S. troops as well as some civilians heading to tropical hot spots, can cause long-term neurological damage and serious psychiatric side effects, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA warning, made public Monday in a safety announcement, is likely to be raised in the upcoming sentencing of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for murdering 16 Afghan civilians. John Henry Browne, Bales attorney, says the soldier took mefloquine on earlier tours of duty in Iraq.

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