The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of all non-approved brands of quinine. Do not purchase quinine on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Quinine is used to treat uncomplicated malaria, a disease caused by parasites. Parasites that cause malaria typically enter the body through the bite of a mosquito. Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America, and Southern Asia. Quinine will not treat severe forms of malaria, and it should not be taken to prevent malaria. Some people have used quinine to treat leg cramps, but this is not an FDA-approved use. Using this medication improperly or without the advice of a doctor can result in serious side effects or death. Quinine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Qualaquin, or quinine, is a prescription drug that is in the antimalarial quinolones drug class. Qualaquin is used to treat malaria; however, this prescription medication is not used in order to prevent the contraction of malaria. Qualaquin most commonly comes in the form of an oral dosage. Qualaquin comes in the form of a capsule in order to get the medication into the bloodstream. It is important to be diligent with your taking of Qualaquin so that the treatment of malaria is consistent throughout the seven days that Qualaquin is normally taken for.