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(also known as Tonic Water)
Quinine was previously superseded by chloroquine, but is now again the drug of choice for treatment of falciparum malaria because of the rise of chloroquine resistance. more at Wikipedia

Treatment Success Rate

Top 5 Communities
Condition Members Success
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Restless Legs Syndrome
Back Pain
Overall, 83% (18 Members) find Quinine helpful

Quinine Reviews

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Working / Worked
This is the first med they put me on in 1984. When I started it it felt like such a relief. The pain and cramping were much less. Side effects are bad though... permanent hearing loss being the worst
Working / Worked
Working / Worked
worked great for RLS but off the market now.
Working / Worked
worked great for RLS but off the market now.
Working / Worked
Reduces muscle spasms
Working / Worked
Helps with muscle spasms
Working / Worked
too soon to tell
Working / Worked
It seemed to work aw hell it did work, but now i'm hearing that they want to take quininine of the market.
Somewhat Helpful
stayed on it for 6 to 8 months then the dr changed me to requip, which worked much better
Not Working
Its the worst drug ever makes you manic physio social goes out the door.
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  1. Discussion: severe cramps in legs
    You can get quinine from drinking tonic water. I tried it for a while and gave up because it didn't seem to help much and tasted awful (to me.) But ... [More]
  2. Discussion: Nighttime leg cramps
    try over the counter glucosamine /chondroitin. used to give it to patients a lot but it addresses joint issues. my leg cramps respod to Cal-Mag supple... [More]
  3. Discussion: Quinine
    In the past, Quinine is use to treat Malaria, a type of dengue fever. Pau D'arco also known as Lapacho, has anthraqunone and Nathaqunone factors tha... [More]
  4. Discussion: Tamoxifen & leg cramps
    It has Quinine in it. I read that tonic water only has a small amount of Quinine in it and shouldnt work for leg cramps but it does. I will check on t... [More]
  5. Discussion: stinging and spatiscity
    Sorry - its the curse of having MS. Depending on how severe; stretching, the muscle relaxers, maybe drinking quinine tonic water. People say magnes... [More]