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Health Agencies Update
August 25, 2010

Quinine Sulfate Warning

JAMA. 2010;304(8):846. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1197

Off-label use of the malaria drug quinine sulfate to treat leg cramps has caused serious adverse events in some patients, including bleeding disorders, permanent kidney damage, and death, warns the US Food and Drug Administration (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm218424.htm).

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