Quinine

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Abstract

Quinine is an alkaloid derived from the bark of the cinchona tree. It is used as an antimalarial drug and is the active ingredient in extracts of the cinchona that have been used for that purpose since before 1633. Quinine is also useful in some muscular disorders, especially nocturnal leg cramps. Quinine is also used commonly as a bitter and flavoring agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherElsevier
Pages19-22
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
ISBN (Print)9780123864550
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cinchona
  • Malaria
  • Nocturnal leg cramps
  • Quinine
  • Toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Christoforidis, J. B., & Chang, S. (2014). Quinine. In Encyclopedia of Toxicology: Third Edition (pp. 19-22). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-386454-3.00056-7