Quinine for leg cramps




Common English name: Quinine for leg cramps

Brand: Quinine bisulfate, quinine dihydrochloride, quinine sulfate

Application: Treatment of leg muscle cramps at night






Quinine Pharmacological Information for Leg Muscle Cramps

Contraindications to quinine

Quinine drug interaction

Tips to consider before taking quinine

Possible side effects of quinine for leg cramps

How to store quinine for leg cramps







Quinine Pharmacological Information for Leg Muscle Cramps

Medication Information: Quinine may be prescribed for leg muscle cramps and spasms. This complication may occur at night and be painful. It is prescribed only when other treatments, such as muscle relaxation and massage therapy, have no effect on improving spasms.

Quinine is used to reduce the number and severity of leg spasms but can not completely control it. When quinine is first administered, it is given on a trial basis for one to two weeks. The patient reviews the effect of the drug. The effect of the drug is estimated by reporting the number of spasms and their severity. Quinine can sometimes cause side effects, some of which can be serious. Therefore, you should be careful about the effects that this drug has on you. If the effects of quinine on the patient are positive, it is prescribed for several more weeks, but the drug should be stopped once every three months. This is because in some people the spasms stop and there is no need for treatment.

Quinine is also used for malaria. For information about this, refer to the relevant page.


Contraindications to quinine

Note the expiration date of quinine for leg cramps, and do not take the medicine if it has expired.

Never give quinine to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.

Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.

Check for drug interactions with quinine and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.


Quinine drug interaction

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Some medications that may interact with quinine include "blood thinners" (such as warfarin) and penicillamine.

Cimetidine is a over-the-counter medication that is commonly used to treat excess stomach acid (such as heartburn, stomach ulcers). Because cimetidine and aluminum / magnesium antacids may interact with quinine, ask your pharmacist about other medications to treat excess stomach acid.

Quinine is very similar to quinidine. Do not use quinidine-containing medicines while using quinine.

Quinine can affect the results of certain laboratory tests (including catecholamine, protein, and urinary steroid tests). Before taking the test, talk to your lab staff about taking this medicine.


Tips to consider before taking quinine

Some medications can not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed. Therefore, it is best for your doctor to be aware of the following before taking quinine:

  • During pregnancy or while breastfeeding your baby.
  • If you have any eye or hearing problems.
  • If you have heart disease.
  • If you have any liver or kidney problems.
  • If blood is found in the urine.
  • If you have myasthenia gravis.
  • If you have a glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. In this disease, the enzyme G6PD is defective in the body. People with this defect develop blood problems after eating beans.
  • If you are currently taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor's prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
  • If you have ever been allergic to any medication.


Possible side effects of quinine for leg cramps

All medications, along with their positive effects, can cause unwanted side effects in the body. However, these complications do not occur in all people. Over time, your body will adjust to the new medicine and these symptoms will go away, but if the following symptoms persist or become painful, consult your doctor.

  • Diarrhea, nausea, tiredness and weakness, tinnitus, headache, dizziness: Tell your doctor immediately.
  • Vision problems, blurred vision, discoloration: Tell your doctor as soon as possible. Do not drive or operate tools in this situation.
  • Heated skin, urticaria, muscle weakness, increased sensitivity to light: Tell your doctor if any of these are a problem.
  • Shortness of breath, swelling around the mouth and face: Tell your doctor immediately.
  • Bleeding and bruising, sore throat, throat infection: Tell your doctor as soon as possible. These symptoms can be a sign of a blood disorder.

Tell your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you think may be due to quinine.


How to store quinine for leg cramps

• Store the medicine in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

• Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.

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