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Quinine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Qualaquin®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Quinine®;Novo-Quinine;Quinine-Odan
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antimalarial Agent

    Uses
    • It is used to treat malaria.
    • It works to harm the parasite and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take with food to stop stomach upset.
    • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Use as told, even if feeling better.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Do not use this drug to stop or treat leg cramps.
    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.
    • Please read the medication guide.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to quinine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Black water fever, G6PD deficiency, swelling of a nerve in the eye, long QT on ECG, low platelets, or myasthenia gravis.

    Precautions

    • If you have heart disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with doctor.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Avoid foods or drinks that contain quinine, such as tonic water.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Low blood sugar. Signs include anger, shaking, fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating. Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.
    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools.
    • Headache.
    • Flushing.
    • Not safe allergic reactions can rarely happen.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Fast heartbeat.
    • Change in hearing.
    • Hearing loss.
    • Signs of low blood pressure.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Ringing in ears.
    • Pinpoint red spots on skin.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very bad loose stools.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Sudden change in eyesight or in the way you see color.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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