Generic Name - Quinine
Category - Anti malarial drug
Quinine is indicated to prevent and treat Malaria. Quinine is an anti-malarial agent. It is used with other antimalarial medicines to prevent or treat attacks of malaria.
Quinine Contraindications and Drug Interactions
Quinine is contraindicated in patients, who are hypersensitive to this drug, medications that belong to this class of drugs or any component of this formulation.
Quinine should not be taken by patients who have a history of the following ailment conditions.
Have had serious side effects related to previous quinine therapy
Have a glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
Have optic neuritis (eye nerve problems) or
Have an irregular heartbeat
There are a number of medications that interact with Quinine. It is important to take the doctor's counsel if you are taking any of the following.
Medicines to reduce blood pressure
Medicines to treat seizures
Mefloquine or other antimalarial drugs
Rifampin, rifabutin, or rifapentine
Tonic water (contains quinine)
The following information just highlights the general average dosage of Quinine,
The usual recommended dosage of Quinine for depression is 20 milligrams a day, taken as a single dose, usually in the morning. At intervals of at least 1 week, your physician may increase your dosage by 10 milligrams a day, up to a maximum of 50 milligrams a day.
Quinine Adverse Effects
Some of the most serious Quinine side Effects include agitation, anxiety, or restlessness, especially in the first week of treatment or when doses are changed, difficulty breathing, dizziness or lightheadedness and heart palpitations.
This is not a complete list of all Side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Quinine.
Quinine and Pregnancy
Do not take quinine if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Quinine is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that it is known to cause birth defects, and it can induce premature labor
Quinine and Breastfeeding
Quinine passes into breast milk in small amounts. Although it is not considered harmful to a nursing baby, do not take quinine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Quinine and Pediatric
The safety and effectiveness of Quinine in pediatric patients have not been established.
Quinine and Geriatric
The safety and effectiveness of Quinine in geriatric patients have not been established.
The above information about Quinine serves as an information resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.