QUININE BISULPHATE 300MG TABLETS BP
231-30-70395-ZA LEA QUININE BISULPHATE 300mg TAB TUK
29 May 2015
Quinine Bisulphate is used:
• to prevent night cramps
• for the treatment of chloroquine-resistant
BEFORE YOU TAKE QUININE
Do NOT take Quinine Bisulphate if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to quinine
bisulphate or any of the other ingredients
of this medicine (see section 6)
• have kidney problems resulting in the
presence of blood in your urine
• have inflammation of the optic nerve
causing problems with your eye sight
• suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• have myasthenia gravis (a disorder in
which the muscles are weak and tire easily)
• problems with your eyes or difficulty seeing.
Take special care with Quinine Bisulphate
Tell your doctor before you start to take this
medicine if you:
• suffer from heart, kidney or liver problems
• have irregular heart beats or other heart
• have had malaria for a long time
• suffer from glucose 6-phosphate
dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, a rare
hereditary disease. This can cause
episodes of anaemia after eating certain
foods such as fava beans (favism) or
certain drugs including drugs to prevent
malaria and dapsone
You should not take more than the
prescribed dose as a condition called
‘cinchonism’ may occur even with normal
doses. Please see section 4 ‘Possible side
effects’ for symptoms of cinchonism and
tell your doctor if you experience any of
Taking other medicines
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any of
• anticoagulants (to stop your blood from
• cardiac glycosides (for your heart such as
• amiodarone, quinidine or flecainide (used
to treat an irregular heartbeat)
• pimozide or thioridazine (used in the
treatment of mental illness)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not take Quinine Bisulphate
tablets if you are pregnant, planning to
become pregnant or breast-feeding unless
advised to by your doctor.
Quinine Bisulphate is not recommended for
use during pregnancy for the prevention of
Driving and using machines
Quinine Bisulphate may affect your vision or
cause vertigo (a feeling of dizziness or
“spinning”). If you are affected, DO NOT
drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Quinine Bisulphate
Patients who are intolerant to sucrose
should note that Quinine Bisulphate tablets
contain a small amount of sucrose. If you
have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Quinine Bisulphate is an antimalarial drug
also used for muscle disorders.
HOW TO TAKE QUININE
Always take Quinine Bisulphate exactly as
your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
not sure. Do not take more than your doctor
If you see another doctor or go into hospital,
let them or the staff know what medicines
you are taking.
The tablets should be swallowed preferably
with a drink of water.
The usual dose is:
Adults (including the elderly)
• Prevention of night cramp:
One 200 mg tablet before going to bed.
Do not take more than the prescribed dose.
It may take up to 4 weeks before you see a
reduction in the frequency of night time
Your doctor will monitor the effects of
your treatment and adjust it accordingly.
Maximum dose - 300 mg at bedtime.
• Treatment of malaria (you may be given
another medicine for malaria with or after
this course of quinine):
Adults (including elderly) and children
over 12 years - 600 mg every eight hours
for 5-7 days.
Children under 12 years - 10 mg per kg of
body weight every eight hours for 7 days.
Pharma code 231 (1101000)
First bar is 105mm from the top edge of the leaflet.
• terfenadine (used in the treatment of
• moxifloxacin or rifampicin (antibiotics)
• antifungals (to treat infections)
INFORMATION FOR THE USER
• ciclosporin (used to prevent transplant
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
• halofantine, chloroquine, mefloquine or
start taking this medicine.
artemether with lumefantrine or
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
primaquine (also to treat malaria)
• If you have any further questions, ask your • cimetidine (to treat stomach ulcers or acid
reflux and indigestion)
doctor or pharmacist.
• amantadine (to treat Parkinsons Disease
• This medicine has been prescribed for
or some viral infections)
you. Do not pass it on to others. It may
• suxamethonium (a muscle relaxant)
harm them, even if their symptoms are
carbamazepine or phenytoin
the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your
• antifungal medicines, e.g. fluconazole,
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this
• barbiturates, e.g. phenobarbital
leaflet. See section 4.
• medicines to prevent blood clots forming,
IN THIS LEAFLET:
1. What Quinine Bisulphate is and what it is • medicines to treat diabetes e.g.
metformin, tolbutamide, glimepiride
• medicines used in the treatment of HIV
2. Before you take Quinine Bisulphate
e.g. ritonavir, indinavir, nelfinavir.
3. How to take Quinine Bisulphate
4. Possible side effects
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
5. How to store Quinine Bisulphate
are taking or have recently taken any other
6. Further information
medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
WHAT QUININE BISULPHATE IS
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The following side effects have also been
• diarrhoea, feeling or being sick,
Patients with kidney or liver problems
abdominal pain, low blood sugar
A lower dose than the usual adult dose or
• muscle weakness, excitement, agitation,
increased time between doses should be
‘spinning’ sensation’, confusion, loss of
used if you have kidney or liver problems.
consciousness, coma, death
If you take more Quinine Bisulphate than
• headache, changes in vision, ‘ringing’ in
the ears, loss of hearing
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the • swollen, itchy, flaky, red or raised patches
tablets all together, or if you think a child
of skin, rashes, sensitivity to light
has accidentally swallowed any of the
• kidney damage, water retention, slowed
tablets, contact your nearest hospital
heart rate, changes in heart rhythm and
casualty department or your doctor
the way the heart beats, eczema,
miscarriages (at very high concentrations),
An overdose of Quinine Bisulphate may
cause ‘cinchonism’. Early symptoms are:
• problems with blood clotting
• tinnitus (ringing in the ears), impaired
• aggravation of myasthenia gravis.
hearing and vision, headache, feeling sick,
Reporting of side effects
being sick, fits
If you get any side effects, talk to your
• rashes, confusion, hot and flushed skin..
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
More severe symptoms include:
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
• nervous system disorders, stomach
You can also report side effects directly via
problems, shallow breathing, loss of
the Yellow Card Scheme at:
• severe eyesight problems including
By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of
• effects on the heart, kidney and brain
• shock, low blood sugar.
Please take this leaflet, any remaining
tablets and the container with you to the
hospital or doctor so that they know which
tablets were consumed.
HOW TO STORE QUININE
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
The tablets should be stored below 25ºC in
the package or container supplied. Do not
transfer them to another container. Do not
If you forget to take Quinine Bisulphate
use Quinine Bisulphate after the expiry date
If you forget to take a tablet, take one as
that is stated on the outer packaging. The
soon as you remember, unless it is nearly
expiry date refers to the last day of that
time to take the next one. Do not take a
month. Medicines should not be disposed of
double dose to make up for a forgotten
via wastewater or household waste. Ask
dose. Take the remaining doses at the
your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These
If you have any further questions on the use measures will help to protect the
of this product, ask your doctor or
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Quinine Bisulphate can
cause side effects, although not everybody
If any of the following happen, stop taking
the tablets and tell your doctor immediately
or go to the casualty department at your
• an allergic reaction (swelling of the lips,
face or neck leading to severe difficulty in
breathing; skin rash or hives)
• unexplained bruising or bleeding.
These are very serious but rare side effects.
You may need urgent medical attention or
Contact your doctor at once if the following
• cinchonism – abdominal pain, diarrhoea,
disturbed vision (blurred vision, changes
in colour perception or field of vision, total
blindness), headache, feeling or being
sick, ringing in the ears or impaired
hearing, rashes, loss of consciousness,
fits, shock due to heart problems, irregular
heart beats, death. If these occur while
taking Quinine Bisulphate tablets for leg
cramps, treatment should be stopped and
a doctor contacted straight away.
• changes to blood cells, if you notice that
you are bruising or bleeding easily, have
frequent nose bleeds, or you have more
sore throats and infections than usual tell
your doctor who may want to give you a
What Quinine Bisulphate Tablets contain:
• The active ingredient is quinine bisulphate
• The other ingredients are gelatin, calcium
stearate, crospovidone, maize starch,
stearic acid, talc (E553), sucrose and
titanium dioxide (E171). The printing ink
contains shellac, black iron oxide (E172)
and propylene glycol (E1520). The tablets
are polished with shellac (E904), carnauba
wax (E903) and white beeswax (E901).
What Quinine Bisulphate Tablets look like
and contents of the pack:
• The Quinine Bisulphate 300 mg Tablets are
white, biconvex, sugar-coated tablets.
They are plain on one side and marked
300 over 1202 on the reverse.
• The product is available in pack sizes of 7,
10, 14, 21, 28, 30, 56, 60, 84, 90, 100, 110,
112, 120, 150, 160, 168 and 500 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
The Marketing Authorisation holder and
company responsible for manufacture is
TEVA UK Limited, Eastbourne, BN22 9AG.
This leaflet was last revised in May 2015
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Large doses can also cause abortion.
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If you feel unwell whilst taking Quinine
Bisulphate for night cramps, stop taking the
tablets and talk to your doctor immediately.
The dosage depends on the weight of the
child. Your doctor will calculate the
appropriate dose for your child. This dose
should be given every 8 hours for 7 days.
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