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.Continue Reading
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 about Drug Interactions
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A person's blood platelet count is considered low when it is less than 150,000 platelets per microliter during a blood test and dangerously low when under 50,000, according to MedlinePlus. The Platelet Disorder Support Association offers advice on what to eat for those with this condition, including eating more fruits and vegetables.Full Answer >
Crohn's disease can cause an individual's white blood cell count or blood platelet levels to be abnormally high, although the presence of these symptoms are not unique to the disease, according to Healthline. The high levels of blood platelets and white blood cells indicate inflammation or infection.Full Answer >
A normal blood platelet count is 150,000 to 400,000 platelets per microliter, says the National Institutes of Health. Platelets are components of the blood that assist with blood clotting, and the normal range may vary slightly depending on the individual.Full Answer >