People treated for a year with quinine for leg cramps or restless leg syndrome are at an increased risk of dying, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Quinine has been prescribed since the 1940s for leg cramps. But in 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned its use in the U.S., only permitting the brand name version of the drug, Qualaquin, for the treatment of malaria. Doctors can prescribe medications for conditions for which they are not approved. But the FDA warned that quinine has been linked to serious side effects and death and ... Read More
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