A bitter crystalline compound present in cinchona bark, used as a tonic and formerly as an antimalarial drug.
- An alkaloid; chemical formula: C20H24N2O2.
- Some people drink tonic water with quinine to get the drug without the prescription.
- Doctors treat malaria by using anti-malarial drugs, such as chloroquine or quinine.
- For many years the treatment of malaria in Africa has relied on chloroquine, sulfadoxine combined with pyrimethamine, and quinine, with the latter being used mainly to treat severe cases.
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