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QuinineNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Quinine. These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy
Warning 2 - Acetazolamide: May lead to toxicity when used with acetazolamide. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 3 - Aluminum salts: May cause a decrease in the absorption of quinine.
Warning 4 - Anticoagulants: May increase bleeding when used concurrently with anticoagulants. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 5 - Cardiac glycosides: Quinine may increase the action of cardiac glycosides. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 6 - Magnesium: May cause a decrease in the absorption of quinine.
Warning 7 - Neuromuscular blockers: Quinine may increase the action of neuromuscular blockers. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 8 - Sodium bicarbonate: Used with quinine may lead to toxicity. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Warning 9 - Drug tests: Those who are subject to urine drug screens should be aware that quinine can cause a positive result for opiates.
Used as a natural health remedy: Quinine is the main ingredient in Tonic water. It is used internally for the following benefits:
Side Effects of QuinineThe most common side effects are
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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