Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: leg | cramps | night | quinine

What Stops Night Leg Cramps?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:15 AM

I have leg and foot cramps at night. I took quinine before it was banned. Is there anything else that can give me relief?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Complaints of nocturnal cramps require evaluation for several conditions including circulatory and cardiovascular disorders, electrolyte imbalances, endocrine disease, and renal disease. These conditions are easily masked by quinine, which has been banned due to life-threatening problems for some. See your private physician to find the cause of your leg cramps.

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Don't take quinine for night time leg cramps because it can mask life-threatening conditions.
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:15 AM
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