Information on Quinine
Quinine is a natural alkaloid which is a white crystalline substance when it is in its natural form. It is commonly used for the treatment of malaria and several other medical purposes due to its very potent anti malarial, anti inflammatory and antipyretic properties. Other medical purposes usually include the prevention and treatment of conditions such as chronic arthritis and lupus. Quinine water is a derivative of quinine and it is actually tonic water, the same one which is commonly mixed with gin in order to make the famous drink known by the name of gin tonic. Quinine is also used very often in the treatment of leg cramps, especially in the form of quinine water.
Quinine Water for Leg Cramps
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have approved the use of quinine but only for the treatment of malaria. It is not approved for the treatment of leg cramps. In spite of that, there are a large number of people who use quinine water for the treatment of leg cramps and the restless leg syndrome. The efficacy of this type of treatment is still largely questionable because most types of tonic water which are available on the market contain quinine only in extremely small amounts. This is why professional believe that quinine water cannot be of any help in severe cases of painful sensations in the legs. Quinine water is also flavored and mixed with corn syrup or sugar in most cases, which can only make it even less effective when it comes to the treatment of leg cramps and similar medical conditions. Some people claim that even those small amounts of quinine in the tonic water can be sufficient when it comes to providing the sufferer with relief, at least to a certain extent. Up to sixteen ounces of tonic water is supposedly enough to prevent the occurring of the annoying nocturnal leg cramps. The American FDA is still skeptical about the usage of quinine water for the prevention and treatment of leg cramps because it may sometimes be associated with certain types of side effects. Quinine sulfate is also much more efficient than quinine water when it comes to prevention and treatment of leg cramps, but it may also be associated with much more side effects as well. One should always consult a professional healthcare provider before using quinine water for any medicinal purposes. It cannot be used for the prevention and treatment of malaria.