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When and How to Take Quinine

Some general considerations include the following:
  • This medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth three times a day.
  • Quinine should be taken with food to reduce the chance that it will bother your stomach.
  • Try to take your doses about eight hours apart to keep an even level of the medication in your bloodstream.
  • Quinine is normally used in combination with one or more other medicines to treat malaria.
  • 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.
  • This medication is usually taken for seven days to completely clear the malaria infection.
  • This medication is not approved to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps, and should not be used for this reason. Taking quinine for nighttime leg cramps may lead to serious or life-threatening side effects.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.

Storage Information

Quinine should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children.

Is There a Generic Version?

This medication is not available in generic form (see Generic Qualaquin for more information).

Who Makes Quinine?

This medication is made by Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc., for AR Scientific, Inc.

Quinine Drug Information

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