Cinchona is used for increasing appetite; promoting the release of digestive juices; and treating bloating, fullness, and other stomach problems. It is also used for blood vessel disorders including hemorrhoids, varicose veins, and leg cramps. Some people use cinchona for mild influenza, swine flu, the common cold, malaria, and fever. Other uses are for cancer, mouth and throat diseases, enlarged spleen, and muscle cramps.
Cinchona is used in eye lotions to numb pain, kill germs, and as an astringent. Cinchona extract is also applied to the skin for hemorrhoids, ulcers, stimulating hair growth, and managing varicose veins.
In foods, cinchona is used as a bitter flavoring in tonic water and alcoholic beverages.
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Uses & Effectiveness
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Special Precautions and Warnings
Stomach or intestinal ulcers: Don't use cinchona if you have ulcers. It might increase the risk of bleeding.
Heart conditions such as long QT interval syndrome: Cinchona contains quinine and quinidine that can cause an irregular heartbeat and might increase the risk of irregular heartbeat in people with long QT syndrome.
Myasthenia Gravis: Don't use cinchona if you have myasthenia gravis. It contains quinine and quinidine that can cause muscle weakness and make your condition worse.
Surgery: Cinchona can slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it might increase the risk of extra bleeding during and after surgery. There is also concern that quinidine in cinchona can increase the effects of muscle relaxants used during surgery. Stop using cinchona at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Quinidine interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona contains quinidine. Taking quinidine along with cinchona can increase the effects and side effects of quinidine. Do not take cinchona if you are taking quinidine.
Quinine interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona contains quinine. Taking quinine along with cinchona can increase the effects and side effects of quinine. Do not take cinchona if you are taking quinine.
Do not take this combination
Antacids interacts with CINCHONA
Antacids are used to decrease stomach acid. Cinchona may increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cinchona might decrease the effectiveness of antacids. Also, cinchona contains quinidine and some antacids might slow down removal of quinidine from the body, increasing the risk of side effects.
Some antacids include calcium carbonate (Tums, others), dihydroxyaluminum sodium carbonate (Rolaids, others), magaldrate (Riopan), magnesium sulfate (Bilagog), aluminum hydroxide (Amphojel), and others.
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) interacts with CINCHONA
The body breaks down carbamazepine to get rid of it. Cinchona contains quinine. Quinine can cause the body to break down carbamazepine (Tegretol) too quickly. Taking cinchona along with carbamazepine (Tegretol) can decrease the effectiveness of carbamazepine (Tegretol).
Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona might slow blood clotting. Taking cinchona along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
Phenobarbital (Luminal) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona contains quinine. Quinine might increase how much phenobarbital (Luminal) is in the body. Taking cinchona with phenobarbital might increase the effects and side effects of phenobarbital.
Digoxin (Lanoxin) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona contains quinine and quinidine which can slow the rate at which digoxin is removed from the body. Taking cinchona along with digoxin might increase the effects and side effects of digoxin.
Medications changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 2D6 (CYP2D6) substrates) interacts with CINCHONA
Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Cinchona might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications. Taking cinchona along with some medications that are change by the liver may increase the effects and side effects of your medication. Before taking cinchona talk to your healthcare provider if you take any medications that are changed by the liver.
Some medications that are changed by the liver include amitriptyline (Elavil), aripiprazole (Abilify), clozapine (Clozaril), codeine, desipramine (Norpramin), dextromethorphan, donepezil (Aricept), duloxetine (Cymbalta), fentanyl (Duragesic), flecainide (Tambocor), fluoxetine (Prozac), haloperidol (Haldol), imipramine (Tofranil), meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), olanzapine (Zyprexa), ondansetron (Zofran), paroxetine (Paxil), risperidone (Risperdal), tramadol (Ultram), trazodone (Desyrel), venlafaxine (Effexor), and others.
Medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat (QT interval-prolonging drugs) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona contains quinine and quinidine which can cause an abnormal heartbeat in some people. Taking cinchona with medicines that cause an abnormal heartbeat might cause serious side effects including heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
Some medications that affect the heartbeat include amiodarone (Cordarone), disopyramide (Norpace), dofetilide (Tikosyn), ibutilide (Corvert), procainamide (Pronestyl), sotalol (Betapace), thioridazine (Mellaril), and many others.
Be cautious with this combination
Medications that decrease stomach acid (H2-blockers) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cinchona might decrease the effectiveness of some medications that decrease stomach acid, called H2-blockers.
Some medications that decrease stomach acid include cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine (Pepcid).
Medications that decrease stomach acid (Proton pump inhibitors) interacts with CINCHONA
Cinchona might increase stomach acid. By increasing stomach acid, cinchona might decrease the effectiveness of medications that are used to decrease stomach acid, called proton pump inhibitors.
Some medications that decrease stomach acid include omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (Aciphex), pantoprazole (Protonix), and esomeprazole (Nexium).
Be watchful with this combination
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