Qualaquin (Quinine Sulfate) is a prescription medication used to treat malaria, a disease caused by parasites. This medication is also used by older patients for leg cramps. Malaria parasites can enter the body through mosquito bites, and then live in body tissues such as red blood cells or the liver. For leg cramps, Quinine helps by decreasing the excitability of the motor end-plate and increases the muscle refractory period. Quinine belongs to a class of drugs known as antimalarials. It works by attacking the parasites once they have entered the red blood cells. This medication kills the parasites and prevents them from multiplying further. Quinine Sulfate does not prevent malaria.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Qualaquin from Canada manufactured by Odan. The generic Quinine Sulfate is available from United Kingdom and Canada by different manufacturers.
The common side effects of Qualaquin may include blurred vision, decreased hearing, dizziness, flushing, mild headache, nausea, ringing in the ears, temporary changes in color vision, unusual sweating.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Chest pain;
• Easy bruising or bleeding;
• Fast or irregular heartbeat;
• Severe dizziness;
• Signs of kidney problems;
• Signs of a serious infection;
• Signs of severe liver problems;
• Signs of a sudden loss of red blood cells
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not take Qualaquin if you are allergic to Quinine Sulfate or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications you take including OTC and herbal medications. This medication may make you dizzy or blur your vision. Alcohol and marijuana can make you dizzier. You should not drive, use machinery or do any activity that requires you to be alert. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Talk to your doctor because untreated malaria can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. This medication passes into breast milk but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant.