quinidine, Quinidine Gluconate, Quinidine Sulfate

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Quinidine is an antiarrhythmic drug used in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, such as: atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and ventricular arrhythmias such as paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia. Quinidine also is used to treat malaria.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects are:

Other important side effects include:

  • irregular heartbeat,
  • chest pain,
  • skin rash,
  • hearing changes (ringing or loss of hearing),
  • vision changes (blurred or light sensitivity) or
  • unusual bleeding.

If patients experience any of the above side effects, they should call their doctor immediately.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 200, 300, and 324 mg. Injections: 800 mg.

STORAGE: Quinidine should be stored at room temperature, 20 C - 25 C (68 F - 77 F). It should be dispensed in well-closed, light-resistant container.

DOSING:

  • For adults, the dosage range for quinidine gluconate is from 648 to 2592 mg/day.
  • For adults, the dosage range for quinidine sulfate is from 400 to 4000 mg/day.
  • For adults, the dosage range for quinidine gluconate injection is 400 to 2400 mg/day.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2015

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