Quinidine prevents the development of malaria parasites in the blood.
Quinidine is given through a needle directly into a vein (intravenously, or IV) for a maximum of 7 days. A person receiving quinidine is usually treated in a hospital, because his or her heart needs to be monitored during treatment.
You use quinidine for severe malaria infection if:
Quinidine is effective in the treatment of severe Plasmodium falciparum infections.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
You will take oral medicines to treat the malaria as soon as you stop taking intravenous (IV) quinidine.
In the United States, intravenous quinidine is used, because intravenous quinine is not available.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Last Revised: April 20, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
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