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Who should not take quinine?

Quinine should not be taken by anyone using it to treat something other than malaria. When used improperly, it's possible for this drug to cause serious adverse side effects, or possibly death.

Individuals who have long QT syndrome, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, myasthenia gravis, or inflammation of the eye nerves, should not take quinine. Those with heart, liver, or kidney disease, a heart rhythm problem, or low potassium levels should not take quinine.
Women who are pregnant or nursing may be advised not to take quinine due to the potential risks to the fetus or baby. If you are pregnant or nursing, talk to your doctor to decide if you should take quinine.

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