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Are there any drugs that may cause leg claudication?

Are there any drugs that may cause leg claudication?

Sort of: The most common cause of leg cramping from medication is likely the family of statin drugs used to lower cholesterol. Monitoring of liver and muscle enzymes is common with statins. With normal lab results changing doses or brands can improve the muscle cramping. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Definition)

Discomfort in legs due to decreased blood ...Read more


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Can a statin drug cause restless leg syndrome?

Can a statin drug cause restless leg syndrome?

Muscle spasms: A statin drug would not cause the condition known as "restless leg syndrome", but some pts taking a statin drug do report uncomfortable muscle spasms, you should consult the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Can hypercholestremia cause leg pain?

Can hypercholestremia cause leg pain?

Not generally: At your age it would be extremely unlikely. Plaque from excess cholesterol sometimes builds up in arteries and can plug up blood flow producing exertional symptoms in the lower legs. This generally occurs in late middle age in those who have smoked. ...Read more

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Will any drugs cause sleep walking?

Will any drugs cause sleep walking?

Some can: A number of patients I have treated engaged in sleep walking while taking ambien (zolpidem). ...Read more

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Is RLS (restless legs syndrome) dangerous? Does it cause any other health issues gradually?

Is RLS (restless legs syndrome) dangerous?  Does it cause any other health issues gradually?

Underlying Causes: Restless leg is purely a nuisance, but it would be beneficial to get checked for underlying vascular disorders, as well as various mineral and electrolyte abnormalities that could alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do drugs or alcohol cause muscle weakness or unsteady walking?

Do drugs or alcohol cause muscle weakness or unsteady walking?

Yes.: Many specific drugs can cause weakness and unsteady gait- too many to list here. Acute and chronic alcohol ingestion may produce unsteady or ataxic gait. ...Read more

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Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause restless legs & leg cramps?

Does Lipitor (atorvastatin) cause restless legs & leg cramps?

Possibly: Lipitor (atorvastatin) has been reported to cause arm/leg pain, muscle spasms, and sore muscles. These occur in less than 15% of patients. If you have developed any of these symptoms, you may want to discuss it with your doctor. If your symptoms are troubling, perhaps a different medicine or a different dose may be needed. ...Read more

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Nerve damage symptoms: leg weakness and numbness. Any way to treat this?

Nerve damage symptoms: leg weakness and numbness. Any way to treat this?

Yes: If there is mass lesion on your nerves such as a spur or disc- surgery would help. Otherwise therapy, meds, epidurals, tens unit etc would help. ...Read more

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Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Besides  intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Many: Calf muscle pain can be caused by many different conditions besides claudication. To name an additional few: pinched nerve coming from the spine, muscle strain, nocturnal leg cramps, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, blood clot. And others. Discuss with your md to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs that work for restless leg syndrome?

Are there any drugs that work for restless leg syndrome?

Yes: Requip (ropinirole) and Mirapex are fda approved for the treatment of rls. Non-prescription medications such as iron/vitamin c, vitamin b12, and folate are sometimes helpful (if indicated). Consult with a local sleep medicine specialist for further information. ...Read more

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Can statins or any diabetic medication cause pulptation?

Can statins or any diabetic medication  cause pulptation?

Not generally.: Statins and antidiabetic meds are not generally associated with palpitations. Very high ( uncommon) or low blood sugars ( more common) could cause palpitations. ...Read more

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Do statin drugs cause back pain?

Do statin drugs cause back pain?

Maybe: Statins are associated with myagias (muscle pain). Usually this is in the legs. Depending on the timing your pain may be associated with the statins. Talk to your doctor, see if there are med changes you could make. If there is no association, you would be fine on the statins. ...Read more

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Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Can sotalol cause leg pains or leg cramps?

Yes: According to the drug literature pain can occur in 2-7% cases depending on dosage. I would not change any medication that your doctor prescribes before talking with them first. ...Read more

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Do Dopamine agonists for Restless Leg Syndrome cross the Blood Brain Barrier? If not, why are side effects like psychosis possible?

Do Dopamine agonists for Restless Leg Syndrome cross the Blood Brain Barrier? If not, why are side effects like psychosis possible?

Clarification: Of course, dopamine agonists cross the brain-blood barrier and interact with appropriate receptors. I suggest you sit down face to face with your doctor and discuss all of your misgivings. ...Read more

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Are there any stockings that can alleviate restless leg syndrome?

Are there any stockings that can alleviate restless leg syndrome?

Never heard of any: Have seen lots of articles on non-medical ways of treating rls, including herbal medications, acupuncture and trigger point therapies, but never anything on stockings. Avoiding the medicines that can worse it (many antihistamines, many psychiatric drugs), diagnosing iron deficiency (which makes it worse), and several prescription drugs (requip, mirapex) can help. ...Read more

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Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Which leg diseases can cause a leg amputation?

Circulation/diabetes: Excluding injuries, leg amputations are mostly related to very poor leg circulation that does not respond to treatment (usually surgical) or diabetes related sores/wounds. Tumors are also possible but not as common. ...Read more

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