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How Does It Work?

Quinine treats malaria by killing the Plasmodium parasite. Although it is not entirely known how it does this, it is thought that the medication prevents Plasmodium from using blood glucose for energy and from making proteins and nucleic acid, which are essential for the parasite to live.
 

Can Children Use Quinine?

This medication is not approved for use in people younger than 16 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.
 

Is It Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend quinine for something other than malaria treatment (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Some off-label uses of quinine may include:
 
  • Babesiosis, an infection caused by the parasite Babesia
  • Malaria caused by a Plasmodium species other than Plasmodium falciparum.
     
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