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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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Dr. James Isobe
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Legs Cramping (Definition)

Leg pain can be due to a muscle cramp (also called a charley horse). Common causes of cramps include: * Dehydration or low amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium in the blood * Medications such as: o Diuretics, which can cause you to lose too much fluid or minerals o Statins, which lower cholesterol and can cause muscle injury * Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, too much exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position ...Read more


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Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg pain I have leg cramps often , sometimes very painfull. One night i was up all night . About 4am i heard a pop and unberable pain for a few min.S the cramp didnot stop for 2 days.

Leg : Leg cramps occur frequently and awaken many people. They are sometimes related to circulation problems, wearing high heeled shoes, spending a lot of time sitting and other activities that shorten the calf muscles. Doctors used to prescribe quinine for the cramps but fda no longer approves of this use. A paper in the new england journal of medicine about thirty years ago suggested leg stretches at bed-time. Stand up against the wall with one foot in front of the other and bend the front knee while keeping the back knee stiff. This stretches the gastrocnemius muscle in the back of the leg. I usually suggest calcium/magnesium tablets as well.If the cramps are in the front and back of the leg at the same time, i usually push hard on the cramped area to make the cramp stop. If you try to stretch one muscle out, the other uscle will cramp more. You may have popped some of the fibers with a severe cramp. The reason it lasted so long was that you may have had some bleeding into the muscle causing irritation. Depending on your age it also would be wise to see your doctor for blood work to check for inbalance of salts in your blood or abnormalities in calcium levels. Good luck in resolving this really common and annoying problem. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

What's your opinion on causes leg cramps?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day. ...Read more

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Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Leg cramps from steroid shots?

Possibly: High doses of Hydrocortisone et al. May be associated with lowered serum calcium, potassium, & magnesium levels, which may lead to leg cramps. The condition is usually self-limiting & requires no treatment (unless the steroid is continued). However, mineral supplementation (calcium citrate, potassium citrate, magnesium) may ease the discomfort. ...Read more

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What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

What can cause leg cramps during sleep?

Vessels and nerves: If there is intermittent circulation going to a muscle, it is not going to be "fed" properly and the efficiency in the muscle function may be compromised. Twitching is plausible and can result in cramping. Talk to your PCP and a consult with a vascular specialist may be needed, especially if you have other medical history, like diabetes. ...Read more

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What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

What causes muscles spasms & leg cramps?

Irritated muscles: Venous disease, dehydration, low levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, tired muscles from heavy exercise, or prolonged standing and working on legs. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

What causes leg cramps while your asleep?

Don't forget veins: As dr. Isobe rightly said, there are many things that can cause leg cramps. However, venous insufficiency is a more common cause of leg cramps that calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium defiencies combined. ...Read more

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Can high protein drinks cause leg cramps?

Can high protein drinks cause leg cramps?

See your doctor: Leg cramp warrant a medical evaluation as they can be caused from some serious conditions- your md will look for dvt, etc the high load of protein usually causes stomach cramps or GI distress, however it is possible for the very high load of protein to cause some leg cramps as well. A sports nutritionist can help you to calculate the appropriate amount of supplements needed. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps while I am sleeping?

Restless leg syndrom: Are you describing uncomfortable need to move around, maybe pins & needles or bugs crawling, that's relieved once you get out of bed? Or true muscle cramp, presumably in calf? Former might be restless leg syndrome while latter might be due to electrolyte imbalance. Talk to your family doctor in more detail. S/he can order some simple blood tests & offer some options. Not sure what's in singapore. ...Read more

Dr. Nathan Ritter
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Atorvastatin (Definition)

Atorvastatin has the brand name lipitor (atorvastatin). . Its function is to lower the body's production of cholesterol and to stabilize current cholesterol plaques. The general name for this class of medication is "statins". Other statins include Crestor (rosuvastatin) ...Read more


Lipitor (Definition)

Atorvastatin is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more