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Qualaquin (Quinine Sulfate)

Prescription medicineOnly Available By Prescription

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What is Generic?

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What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Description

QUALAQUIN is a prescription medication that is used to treat malaria (a disease caused by parasites). Malaria is caused by parasites that usually enter the body through a mosquito bite. This condition is most common in Africa, South America, and Southern Asia. Do not use QUALAQUIN for other medical conditions unless your healthcare professional has advised you to. The content in this medication can cause serious side effects or even death if used out of its intended use.

Note: No medication is 100% effective in treating malaria. For best results, use QUALAQUIN as directed by your healthcare professional.

Directions

QUALAQUIN should be taken as it is prescribed by your healthcare professional. Each patient may require different dosages according to their condition. Do not take this medication in excessive amounts, or longer than recommended. Closely follow the directions on your prescription label. It is recommended to take QUALAQUIN with food to lessen the chances of upsetting your stomach.

Contact your healthcare professional if the symptoms of malaria do not improve after 2 days of taking QUALAQUIN, or if your symptoms reoccur after you have finished the medication.

Take QUALAQUIN for the full prescribed length of time. The symptoms may improve prior to the condition completely being treated. If you stop using the medication for any reason, talk to your healthcare professional about other treatment options.

Cautions

Before taking QUALAQUIN, inform your healthcare professional of:

  • any allergic reaction to chemicals contained in the medication (quinine sulfate, quinidine or mefloquine)
  • any additional allergies
  • your medical history, especially of previous serious side effects with quinine
  • family/personal history of a certain enzyme problem
  • an eye nerve problem (optic neuritis)
  • hearing problems (ringing in the ears)
  • any nerve/muscle disease
  • heart rhythm problems
  • liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • all the products you use, including prescription, nonprescription, and herbal products
QUALAQUIN is not recommended for use during pregnancy as it can harm an unborn baby. Consult your healthcare professional for more information. Additionally, this drug is unlikely to harm some nursing infants. Consult your healthcare professional as they may want to conduct tests on your infant for an enzyme deficiency before they approve breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using QUALAQUIN. You may need to stop using the medication for a short period of time. This medication can cause patients to have unusual results with some medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using QUALAQUIN.

Side Effects

All medications have side effects; however they affect every individual differently. Side effects information is listed below for reference. Most of this information will be included with your medication.

Common side effects of quinine include:

  • nausea
  • blurred vision
  • headache
  • ringing in the ears
QUALAQUIN may cause your blood cell count to drop which can result in serious bleeding issues. Some patients may also experience serious kidney problems, may cause problems with heart rhythm that can lead to death and/or may cause serious allergic reactions (including hives, difficulty with breathing & swelling).

Stop using QUALAQUIN and contact your healthcare professional instantly if you experience:

  • fever and/or chills
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • severe vomiting or stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • problems with vision or hearing
  • urinating less than usual or not at all
  • chest pain (fast, pounding heartbeat)
These are not a list of all the side effects of QUALAQUIN. If you experience any abnormal reactions that are not listed above, consult your doctor. If any of the listed side effects bother patients for an extended time period, call your healthcare professional. These side effects could be controlled by simply adjusting the dose of QUALAQUIN. Do not suddenly quit taking this medication unless your healthcare professional advises you to.

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