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Nocturnal Leg Cramps Treatments

Treatment

Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. If no specific cause can be found, treatment options include the following:

  • When cramps occur, pull against them with your leg muscles. Also, grab your foot (feet) and pull up.
  • Standing on the affected leg often stops the cramping.
  • Massage and hot or cold treatments will help the muscles relax.

Medications

None of these medicines has earned full approval for either safety or efficacy. Quinine , while often effective to prevent cramps, has a significant risk of major allergic reactions. The other prescription medications carry risks as well. So they are not generally recommended. They are most often used in only severe cases.

Over-the-Counter

Prescription

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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