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Please describe the medication: quinine?

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Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Malaria Mediation: Treats malaria. Quinine was the first effective treatment for malaria. Quinine should not be used to treat or prevent nighttime leg cramps. Quinine has not been shown to be effective for this purpose, and may cause serious issues.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Quinine: Was originally derived from the bark of a certain tree. It is used some times in the treatment of certain kinds of malaria. It used to be used for leg cramps but potential side effects outweighed benefit. A small amount is found in tonic water but not enough to prevent or treat malaria.

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