Quinidine/Cimetidine Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Cimetidine may slow down how quickly your liver processes quinidine.

What might happen:

Your blood levels of quinidine may increase and cause toxic effects.

What you should do about this interaction:

If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, ringing in the ears, dizziness, or confusion contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist). They may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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