Why is Quinine sulfate prescribed?
Quinine sulfate is used to treat Malaria, a life-threatening mosquito-borne illness. It is only for the treatment of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria and is not approved for use in other types of Malaria.
What does it do?
People with malaria experience flu-like symptoms with accompanying shaking or chills. Quinine sulfate is an antimalarial medication that kills the organism responsible for the disease.
How should I take it?
Quinine sulfate is currently available in 260mg, 300mg, 350mg capsule, taken whole (not opened, chewed, or crushed), by mouth with food.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper intake of medication is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, take it immediately once you remember it. However, if more than 4 hours have elapsed, skip the missed dose, and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never take two doses at the same time.
What are the special precautions before taking Quinine sulfate?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history, and any allergic reactions to Quinine sulfate or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Avoid cigarette/tobacco smoking and intake of antacids.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Quinine sulfate, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
All medications can exhibit side effects and adverse reactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Common side effects may include:
- Ringing in ears
Serious side effects may include:
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Hoarseness or difficulty of swallowing
- Swelling on any part of the face or limbs
- Persistent fever
- Abdominal pain
- Changes in vision (color changes or blurring)
- Discoloration of the skin (brown, purple, or red spots)
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Bleeding of gums or nosebleed
Other side effects not listed above may be experienced when using Quinine sulfate. If the symptoms do not go away or are life-threatening, immediately stop taking the medication and inform your doctor or call an ambulance for professional medical assistance.
Is it safe to take it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Quinine sulfate with any of the following medications:
- Advair Diskus
- Advair HFA
- Live typhoid vaccine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Quinine sulfate in its original packaging and store it in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What should I do in case of an overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
There is still limited data on the developmental risks associated with the use of Quinine sulfate in pregnancy. It is advisable to stop breastfeeding when using this medication. Consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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