The Cures For Leg Cramps

  1. Leg cramps are common, and are usually of the calf, and most often will occur at the end of the day.
  2. They usually can be ignored, but if medicine is needed first try OTC analgesics like Tylenol or Ibuprofen
  3. The most common prescription medication is for anti-epileptic drugs, these are only given by prescription, and you should see your physician first.
  4. Sometimes blood chemistry abnormalities can cause cramps. Most people don’t have abnormal blood work, but chemical imbalances such as calcium deficiency can be checked by a blood test, however, even without deficiency noted on blood work calcium salts have been known to help
  5. Another supplement you can try is magnesium salts;
  6. Generally just multivitamin and multi-mineral supplements aren’t that helpful, unless you have a specific imbalance such as low B vitamins.
  7. Another medication that has been used to relieve leg cramps is quinine;
  8. Salt: ie sodium chloride;
  9. Yoga practice and stretching exercises actually help a lot
  10. The anti-hypertensive verapamil can be used to help in some cases
  11. Two vitamins that do have some data that shows help with leg cramps are vitamin B6 (pyridoxine); and vitamin E.
  12. If you have had persistent leg cramps come for an office visit and we will evaluate.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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