Quinine (Quinarsal)

What is Quinine?

Quinine (Quinarsal) is a highly effective remedy that helps treat uncomplicated cases of malaria. The disease is caused by parasites and appears in the organism mainly after mosquito bite. The solution is not powerful enough to treat severe malaria forms. It is also unable to prevent the condition. The pharmaceutical is sometimes used off-label to improve the symptoms of leg cramps and other complications that are not mentioned in the information leaflet.


Recommendations for Use

To take the benefit of the treatment course, one should strictly follow all the recommendations given by the healthcare provider. The medication cannot be administered in smaller or larger amounts, since there is a risk of ineffectiveness or side effects appearance. Quinine may be taken either with or without food at the same time each day.

Although your symptoms may improve or even disappear, continue taking the solution for the full length of time it was recommended. Inform your doctor in case the condition does not get any better after two days of the medication intake. Probably, you just need an increased dose.

Once you have forgotten to take one pill, administer it as soon as possible, though skip it if more than 4 hours have passed after the due time. Never increase or double the following scheduled dose to avoid undesirable reactions and severe overdose complications.

Precautions and Contraindications

Consult your physician before Quinine treatment course if you wish to witness the advantageous effect of the medication and get no side effects. The remedy should not be taken by patients who are allergic to its active ingredient, other components or similar medicines. Besides, people with myasthenia gravis, enzyme deficiency, heart rhythm disorder, optic neuritis and a range of other conditions are not recommended to administer the drug; otherwise, undesirable, harmful and devastating impact on the organism is unavoidable.

In addition, tell your doctor about other health disorders you have, paying ultimate attention to:

• Severe heart problems;

• Heart rhythm disorders;

• Low potassium levels;

• Kidney or liver diseases;

• Low platelets levels, etc.

The medication should not be taken by pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid the negative influence on the health condition of an unborn or nursing child.

Drug Interactions

Provide the doctor with a full list of other prescription, non-prescription remedies, herbal supplements and other medications, since Quinine interacts with many of them, causing undesirable reactions in the organism. Tell your doctor about the following drugs you take, if any:

• AIDS/HIV medicines;

• Tuberculosis remedies;

• Hepatitis C drugs;

• Heart medications;

• Stomach acid reducers;

• Antidepressants;

• Antifungal treatments;

• Antibiotics;

• Seizure pills and others.

Side Effects

Seek emergency medical help in case you misuse or overuse the medication. Among severe complications that serve their consequences are:

• Allergic reactions – difficulty breathing, itching, rashes, swelling, hives;

• Vision and hearing disorders;

• Unusual bleeding, easy bruising;

• Flu or cold symptoms;

• Low blood sugar level with its symptoms;

• Appetite loss, jaundice and other liver problems;

• Severe skin reactions and others.

Minor side effects provoked by Quinine include headache, mild dizziness, flushing, nausea, vomiting, stomach disorders, blurred vision and others. Call your doctor if the symptoms do not improve after a few drug intakes.