quinine for leg cramps

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I was having leg cramps in calf and thigh 2 to 3 times nightly. It took 10 to 15 minutes of walking around and massaging for relief. Obviously becoming sleep deprived. My doctor started me on 200 mg quinine nightly, increasing to 300 mg if necessary. Within days my muscle cramps diminished. At the end of one month they were gone. The immediate relief was astonishing. I have been on quinine for over a year now. As a preventive dose, I take one 200 mg tablet every other night which seems to be sufficient. If I get an occasional cramp, I take the tablets every night for a few days.

I tried drinking quinine water (Schweppes tonic carbonated water) as a substitute - but was unable to drink that much carbonated water daily. Wasn't able to try it long enough to see if it would help by itself. It had worked for a friend of mine who wanted me to try it.

I have had no side effects from the quinine. I would highly recommend trying quinine if you are having night cramps.

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    See my post : Leg Cramps & Quinine : BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry system will not let me post a link to the message!)
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    hi re; leg a body cramps. i wondered if it was safe for me to drink tonic water for my cramps in my body. i am unable to take most kinds of medication and at a loss about if to drink tonic water instead because it has

    helped and im excersicing leg streaches as well. is it dangerious. im not dringing any more than half a bottle a day

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    I suffer from leg cramps and they were quite bad for some time. The doc put me on quinine tabs but after reading some alarming reports I decided against them and started drinking the tonic water. I did find that I could only drink a couple per day which was not enough to do anything to help very much. After much investigation it appears that cramps can be due to lack of magnesium and drinking sparkling water has filled that gap as it does contain magnesium. As far as I am concerned although it costs a fair bit to buy it's well worth it.
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    I am a type II diabetic and suffered from almost nightly leg and foot cramps; my doctor suggested I try drinking some tonic water....I found it available in diet. I drank a lot of it the first few days and by the third day my cramps were a thing of the past. I have reduced my intake to one small 8.5 oz bottle per day and the effect continues to be dramatic. The dose is small enough to pose none of the dangers of taking it in tablet form. This may not work for all but it is certainly worth a try by all.
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    where can buy some quinne? my mother has had ENOUGH with the NIGHTLY leg cramps.She is 86 and would rather die than keep going through this every single night. What a way to spend the remaining time she has left. Someone please direct me to where i can buy some
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      i would be very careful giving an old person these tablets you could ask your dr first this is a funny tablet to take this is why its perscription only also i wouldnt trust getting this type of tablet any way of the net you dont no if its safe or as been tampered with try her with tonic water at her age .i wouldnt trust buying tablets of the net to start with you would never forgive yourself if anything should happen to her please stay safe than sorry.
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    I have tried EVERYTHING except quinine sulphate tabs. Have recently ordered some from a New Zealand source and am awaiting their arrival with great anticipation. Will keep you posted :-)

    nehamashira

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    yes i only take one when i get it but its a funny tablet to take regular its very much like taking warfrin it can do damage to clotting the blood but i must admitt when i get it wich is very rare now it made me want to scream as i would get back into bed then it would lock my toes and calf up so i sympathise with you.

    tonic water was recommened to me but never tryed it so cant comment on it i do make sure though i have some in my housejust in case against my bedside also i used to get it a lot in my hands too. 

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    Quinine is off the market for a reason.  I beleive, but don't quote me, it has some really bad effects on the kidneys.  I remember buying it over the counter but that is no longer allowed. Check it out. 

     

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