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    What causes severe leg cramps at night?

Posted on Sat, 5 Aug 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I have been getting unbearable leg cramps almost every night in both my outer shin areas, toes and calves. They way to make it stop is to step on the floor and get up and walk around. This happens about 6 to 10 times a night.
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Hydration, Vitamins and stretching

Detailed Answer:
Hi there

Thanks for the query

It is possible that you aren't having enough vitamins and water in your body.

Drink 2-3 glasses of unsweetened Lemonade daily. Drink 2 litres of water daily. Take Tablet Levocarnitine 500mg once a day for a month. Take Tablet Neurobion forte twice a day for a month.

Perform calf muscle stretching exercises daily.

I hope I have answered your query.

I will be available to answer your follow up queries.


Dr.Aashish Raghu
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Follow up: Dr. Aashish Raghu 10 hours later
What are those two medications you have mentioned? Can you briefly explain them and what are the precautions/side affects?
Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu 1 hour later
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Detailed Answer:
Levocarnitine is a drug used to treat muscle fatigue especially in patients with carnitine deficiency. It can cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, abdominal disturbances, fishy body odour and drug allergic reaction.

Neurobion forte is a multivitamin B complex Tablet used to treat mild Vitamin deficiency also useful in treating Riboflavin deficiency which can cause muscle cramps. No major side effects exist as this is only a Vitamin supplement.
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