Re: Overdose of quinine #general #holocaust


Quinine has been used as an anti-malarial drug since ancient times. It was so used throughout Western medicine after the 1850s. However, it was also sometimes used to treat diarrheal conditions, and Bromo-Quinine was marketed as a cold remedy that was available through the 1950s. 
It has, as we say in medicine, a "narrow therapeutic window," meaning that it is easy both to under-dose it and to therefore make it ineffective, and also to overdose and create severe and sometimes fatal side effects, mainly on heart rhythm. 
Because it was available without prescription by a doctor, it was unfortunately easy for a lay person to take too much. Sorry for your grandfather's fate.

Henry S. Levine, MD

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