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Qualaquin 324mg Capsule

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Chemical Name: QUININE (KWYE-nine)

Common uses
Qualaquin is an antimalarial agent used to treat malaria. Qualaquin may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Before using
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you are also taking astemizole, rifampin, halofantrine, pimozide, terfenadine, cisapride, certain medicines for irregular heartbeat (such as quinidine, amiodarone), or macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin). ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking anticoagulants (including warfarin), sodium bicarbonate, acetazolamide, anticonvulsants (including carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin), cimetidine, tetracycline, troleandomycin, mefloquine, digitoxin, digoxin, ketoconazole, desipramine, flecainide, debrisoquine, dextromethorphan, metoprolol, or paroxetine. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including eye problems, electrolyte problems, vision or hearing problems, blood problems, irregular heartbeat or other heart problems, kidney problems, liver problems, mental or mood disorders, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) deficiency, myasthenia gravis, ringing in the ears, eye nerve inflammation (optic neuritis), a history of irregular heartbeat (such as prolonged QT interval), or a history of certain severe blood or kidney problems (blackwater fever). Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.

Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may come with a patient information leaflet. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist any questions that you may have about this medicine. TAKE THIS MEDICINE with food or milk. DO NOT TAKE ANTACIDS CONTAINING aluminum or magnesium within 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking this medicine. STORE THIS MEDICINE at room temperature in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. CONTINUE TAKING THIS MEDICINE FOR THE FULL COURSE OF TREATMENT even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to quinine, quinidine, mefloquine, or if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE dizziness or vision changes. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to this medicine. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period. DO NOT EXCEED THE RECOMMENDED DOSE without checking with your doctor. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar). Signs of hypoglycemia include increased heartbeat, headache, chills, sweating, tremor, increased hunger, changes in vision, nervousness, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, or fainting. It is a good habit to carry glucose tablets or gel to treat low blood sugar. If you do not have a reliable source of glucose available, eat a quick source of sugar such as table sugar, honey, or candy, or drink a glass of orange juice or non-diet soda to quickly raise your blood sugar level. TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY about the reaction. To prevent hypoglycemia, eat meals on a regular schedule and do not skip meals. FOR WOMEN: THIS MEDICINE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE HARM to the human fetus. IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. IF YOU SUSPECT THAT YOU COULD BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor immediately. THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED IN BREAST MILK. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include headache, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, restlessness, or dizziness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience blurred vision, double vision, or other vision changes; ringing in the ears or decreased hearing; flushing; lightheadedness; vomiting; loss of appetite; weight loss; unusual sweating; fatigue; shakiness; confusion; or personality changes. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience fever; sore throat; red, swollen, or blistered skin; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; loss of vision or hearing; dark urine or decreased amount of urine; chest pain; fainting; seizure; or unusual bruising or bleeding. An allergic reaction to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include ringing in the ears; severe dizziness; fever; vomiting; severe headache; seizure; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; nausea; stomach pain; confusion; dilated pupils; changes in hearing or vision (including deafness or blindness); urine discoloration; fainting; trouble breathing; and loss of consciousness.

Additional information
If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.

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