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    Information about Quinine

    Quinine uses

    Quinine is used in the treatment of malaria. It may also be used to treat and prevent night-time leg cramps.

    How quinine works

    Quinine is an antiparasitic medication which treats malaria. It works by increasing the levels of haeme in the blood, a substance toxic to the malarial parasite. This kills the parasite and stops the infection from spreading.

    Common side effects of quinine

    Nausea, Abdominal pain, Blurred vision, Dizziness, Headache, Ringing in ear, Increased sweating, Vertigo, Vomiting, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Diarrhea, Deafness
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    Written By
    Dr. Saleh Rifai
    BCMAS, Pharm.D
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    12 Feb 2020 | 03:53 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Quinine

    • Quinine helps in the treatment of malaria.
    • It may also be used to treat and prevent night-time leg cramps in adults.
    • Take it as per the dose and duration prescribed by your doctor. Taking too much of this medicine may lead to serious, irreversible side effects.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Quinine affects you.
    • Have regular eye tests done while you are taking this medicine. Stop taking Quinine and immediately inform your doctor if you notice any changes in your vision.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or ringing in your ears.
    • It can cause lowering of blood sugar level. Inform your doctor if you experience symptoms such as cold sweats, cool pale skin, tremor, and anxiety.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.

    Content on this page was last updated on 12 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)