quinine :

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  • n  a bitter alkaloid extracted from chinchona bark; used in malaria therapy

  • Because a Spaniard in Peru discovered just 300 years ago that crude quinine cured malaria, most devastating of diseases the world over, a small group of learned botanists and.
  • Quinine, he suggested, may actually be harmful by blocking the body's defense reactions.
  • In Africa, where resistance to quinine is spreading rapidly, 2 million people, mostly children, die from the disease annually.
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  • Tonic water for cramps can be fatal
    Q: I have been suffering with leg cramps for years and years. Recently, my doctor told me about tonic water with quinine. It does help the leg cramps, but it is making me feel ill. My symptoms include fatigue, nausea and vomiting. I have been very tired and want to sleep all the time, which isn't like me. I am desperate to try something that works without side effects.
    July 1, 2013 - Bradenton Herald

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