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What should I know about quinine before taking it?

Quinine is only approved to treat malaria, and Qualaquin is the only brand of quinine approved to treat malaria. Other brands or other uses of quinine can result in serious side effects or death. Quinine should not be given to children younger than 16 years old.

You should not use quinine if you are allergic to quinine or similar medicines, including mefloquine or quinidine. If you have long QT syndrome, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, myasthenia gravis, or inflammation of your eye nerves, you should not take quinine. Talk to your doctor about using quinine if you have heart, liver, or kidney disease, or if you have a heart rhythm problem or low potassium levels.

Quinine's effects on a developing fetus are unknown, although it is known that quinine will pass through breast milk to a nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before taking quinine if you are pregnant or nursing.

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