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Cinchona bark

What is it?

Cinchona is an herbal medicine sometimes used to treat appetite loss, malaria, fever and stomach problems, such as bloating (swelling) and fullness.

Other names for Cinchona include: Cinchonae Cortex, Peruvian Bark, Calisya Bark, Yellow Quinine, and Red Cinchona.

Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you need more information about this medicine or if any information in this leaflet concerns you.

Before Using:

Tell your doctor if you

  • are taking medicine or are allergic (uh-ler-jik) to any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) or dietary supplement)
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine
  • are breastfeeding
  • have a stomach ulcer
  • have any other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart or blood vessel disease

Dosage:

Talk with your caregiver about how much Cinchona you should take. The amount depends on the strength of the medicine and the reason you are taking Cinchona. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the medicine bottle. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to.

To store this medicine:

Keep all medicine locked up and away from children. Store medicine away from heat and direct light. Do not store your medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down and not work the way it should work. Throw away medicine that is out of date or that you do not need. Never share your medicine with others.

Drug and Food Interactions:

Do not take Cinchona without talking to your doctor first if you are taking:

  • Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin(R)))

Warnings:

  • Before taking Cinchona, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Side Effects:

Stop taking your medicine right away and talk to your doctor if you have any of the following side effects. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms which may mean you are allergic to it.

  • Breathing problems or tightness in your throat or chest
  • Chest pain
  • Skin hives, rash, or itchy or swollen skin

Other Side Effects:

You may have the following side effects, but this medicine may also cause other side effects. Tell your doctor if you have side effects that you think are caused by this medicine.

  • Abnormal bleeding or bruising
  • Using too much Cinchona or using it too often can cause headache, upset stomach, and problems with vision and ringing in the ears. In extreme cases, coma and death are possible

References:

1. Bradley PR (ed): British Herbal Compendium, Vol. 1: a handbook of scientific information on widely used plant drugs. British Herbal Medicine Association, Bournemouth, Dorset, UK; 1992.

2. Gilman AG, Goodman LS, Rall TW et al: Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 7th ed. Macmillan Publishing Co, New York, NY; 1985.

3. Blumenthal, Busse, Goldberg, et al: The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. The American Botanical Council, Austin, TX; 1998.

4. McGuffin M, Hobbs C, Upton R et al (eds): American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; 1997.


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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