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Stop Taking Quinine For Night-time Leg Cramps

If you have nocturnal (nighttime) leg cramps, your doctor might prescribe quinine (Qualaquin)-even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved it for only one purpose: to treat malaria (although doctors can legally prescribe most medications for any type of treatment they deem appropriate). Leg cramps are uncontrolled muscle contractions that can be so painful they can waken you from sleep. They occur in many adults and are reported more often by women, and especially pregnant women. Since the 1940s, doctors have been prescribing quinine for leg cramps because there are no other reliable treatments. The practice has continued despite multiple alerts from the FDA about the risks of quinine and its limited effectiveness. Prescribing remains high despite warnings The FDA has issued warnings about quinine since 1994 and more recently about its minimal effectiveness in treating leg cramps. In 2006, it banned the sale of all unapproved drugs that contained quinine except the branded drug, Qualaquin, because of the risk of serious side effects or death. Yet in the first six months of 2008, more than 124,000 people in the U.S. received close to 300,000 prescriptions for Quala Continue reading >>

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  1. catalinaclair

    Cramping in Feet and Legs during Sleep

    Has anyone ever experienced cramping in their feet or legs even going up the inner thigh while trying to sleep at night? I've been prescribed Flexeril and Neurontin, but nothing helps relieve it. I have bought over-the-counter leg cramp tablets which contain mostly quinine, but it only seems to alleviate some of the cramping. I am Vitamin D deficient, which is unusual, but I take 1.25mg. prescribed Vitamin D weekly. If I wake up with cold clammy sweats during the very early morning, and my heart feels like it is shaking in my chest, if I take my accuchek, it's very low. Then I'll eat a cup of low-carb cereal with skim milk and it's back up to over 300. Then I have to take insulin. When I try to go back to sleep, I start with more cramping in my feet and legs. Anyone else ever experience those symptoms? It's worse then my neuropathy.

  2. MeiMei

    I have taken vit B complex for the leg cramps and it has helped to lessen them but the best thing for it was the requip (generic ropinirole) I have found that to be the best. It is prescribed for restless leg syndrome.

  3. MeiMei

    Also the Calcium helps too.

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