The most serious side effect of quinine use is thrombocytopenia, which is a drop in the blood platelet count, according to LiveScience. This reduction in platelets causes serious bleeding, both internally and externally. The condition also causes permanent kidney damage. Fortunately, the levels of quinine in tonic water, as of 2014, are low enough that most people need to drink 20 liters in a day to experience any problems.
LiveScience indicates the original use of tonic water in the 1800s was to supply quinine to individuals with malaria. Mixing quinine with an alcoholic drink made it easier for some malaria patients to get their medication. As time passed, tonic water became sweeter, and bottlers lowered the dosage of quinine. Even with the lower levels of quinine in tonic water, people develop a reaction to the substance in some instances. In some cases, people develop an allergy that allows them to tolerate quinine in tonic water, which causes a serious reaction later in life if they require the substance at prescription strength.
Doctors continue to prescribe quinine to treat malaria, according to Drugs.com. They normally prescribe other antimalarial drugs along with quinine. It kills the parasite that causes malaria; however, doctors do not use it in the prevention of malaria. In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration banned the off-label prescribing of quinine for leg cramps, according to LiveScience.Learn More
According WebMD, receiving too much thyroxine, usually in its man-made form levothyroxine, may result in irregular and fast heartbeat in older patients and thinning of the bones of patients going through menopause. The Mayo Clinic notes that a natural release of too much thyroxine typically results in hyperthyroidism, which sometimes accompanies other serious health conditions, including Graves' disease, Plummer's disease, thyroiditis and toxic adenoma.Full Answer >
It is advisable to avoid any amount of alcohol when taking antibiotics, as this may result in different side effects. Both alcohol and antibiotics have side effects when used, so when combined, the effects increase.Full Answer >
According to Drugs.com, Diflucan should not be taken at the same time as another antifungal medication. WebMD states that Monistat or tioconazole is an azole antifungal medication.Full Answer >
Alcohol and Valium can be a dangerous combination, even when consumed in low doses, according to WebMD. Alcohol and Valium interact by allowing more of the Valium to reach the brain. This leads to increased effects, including a decrease in mental and motor function; drowsiness, depressing, slowed or labored breathing; confusion and loss of coordination. More serious consequences include overdose and death, according to Axis Residential Treatment.Full Answer >