Available in the form of capsules rather than tablets, quinine sulfate (Qualaquin®) is prescribed to treat uncomplicated (or mild) malaria.
Quinine is only available in one strength -- quinine 324-mg capsules. It is typically taken every eight hours (three times a day) for seven days. You should start to feel better within two days of beginning quinine therapy. However, do not stop taking this medication just because you feel better. Take it for as long as your healthcare provider recommends.
(To learn more about taking this medication, click Quinine. This article takes an in-depth look at how the drug works, dosing tips, potential side effects, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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