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    Quinine

    Has anyone been prescribed quinine for leg cramps and can say if it has worked for them?

    I saw the consultant on Tuesday and was prescribed it to try as a few times I have been woken up by cramp. I was told to try it for a couple of weeks and see if it makes a difference. I am just curious to know if others have tried the same thing. As I wasn't getting cramps every night it is impossible to tell if it is making any difference after just two nights of it!

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    Hi Susan;

    I think that it helps a bit. When I stay have a weeks rest bite in the hospice I now tend to take it as I get a lot more cramps there. It's worth trying as is Baclofen and a muscle relaxant like Larazipam, (Ellie uses a better one).

    Let us know how you get on.

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    Hi Susan,

    If it's cramp, then lots of people get good relief from prescription strength Quinine. You should also try to eat food rich in potassium - e.g. bananas, avocado, spinach. Heat is also good for cramps so an electric underblanket or a heat pack should ease them (though who'd get out of bed @2a.m. to heat one )

    I don't get cramps, but take Tizanidine before bed and Baclofen 3x day for spasticity/high muscle tone.

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    Hi Susan
    My Mum was prescribed I think initially 300 (ml?) and then 200
    It did work work for her. She was getting terrible cramp that was keeping her awake all night.
    Good luck x

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    Sorry Susan - it was probably 200 mg! I think ml is liquid? It was definitely in tablet form and she took it an hour before bed
    Sarah x

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    Thank you so much. I just rushed to look and mine is 300mg so I am sure you are right Sarah. Interesting your Mum went down from 300 to 200. I think I need to see if it works really.

    Ellie, thanks so much. I hadn't thought of potassium rich foods but might have to rush and buy some bananas now, and spinach. Can't stand avocado so will have to ignore that one.

    I do have an electric blanket but it isn't on while I sleep and you are spot on - I can't see myself leaping out of bed in the dead of night to heat up something for the cramps. Fingers crossed the quinine works I think.

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    Hello Susan
    For cramps I take AKG tablets and a protein shake fends them off.
    I did a cycle ride from Cardiff to Conway over three days just after diagnosis. The point is after the first day in the saddle I went for an evening meal during the meal I was suffering severe cramps through the meal.
    The following day at the end of the ride I had a protein shake and did not suffer from cramp.
    Hope this helps
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    Hi Pacer;

    What AKG tablets do you take, how many and where do you get there from, etc.

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    Hello Terry
    I use Kirkland and get them from I herb in the states just keep the order under 15 or the administration charge from the curriers is offensive.
    I take 1 or 2 per hour when I can/remember.
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    Ps postage is generally under $4.

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    Thanks Darry;

    It has never been easy stuff to find. So, I guess you buy one lot of 100 X 300mg tabs a time at a cost of $19.75 and p 7 p $4, that comes to about just over 17. I have been bitten by import taxes before, your advice please. Any other costs? Have you a promotion code for discount?

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