What is Quinine Sulphate used for?
Quinine Sulphate is a type of antimalarial medication that is used to treat established malarial infections. It can also be used to treat leg cramps and muscle cramps, especially in patients with arthritis or diabetes. This drug comes in 200mg (Q200) and 300mg (Q300) strengths. The active ingredient in this drug works by attacking the malaria parasites that have entered red blood cells, killing them and preventing them from multiplying further.
How should I use Quinine Sulphate?
Quinine Sulphate comes in the form of tablets which may be taken with or without food. You should swallow them whole with a glass of water. The dosage for treating malaria depends on the patient's size, age, the severity of the condition and whether or not the patient has kidney or liver problems. Your physician will prescribe the correct dosage required for you. If you are using it to treat leg cramps, you may be directed to take one 200mg tablet before going to bed.
What are the side effects of Quinine Sulphate?
Patients using Quinine Sulphate may notice some side effects, such as:
Other side effects include kidney failure, bronchospasms, agitation or skin sensitivity to sunlight. Consult your physician before using this medication and discuss the risk of side effects. Seek immediate medical attention if you suffer from any serious side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Quinine Sulphate. Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.