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Why does symbicort or prednisone cause leg cramps at night? What nutrient do I need to prevent them? I have to be able to make them stop! so painful!

Why does symbicort or prednisone cause leg cramps at night? What nutrient do I need to prevent them? I have to be able to make them stop! so painful!

Symbicort: This is one of the listed side effects of symbicort. See your prescribing physician for any and all questions regarding your medications. ...Read more

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 cramps associated with prednisone, is that normal?

Leg cramps associated with prednisone, is that normal?

Possible: Prednisone can affect your potassium regulation. It is not uncommon: http://www.Ehealthme.Com/ds/prednisone/muscle+cramps. ...Read more

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Can I try 3-4 TUMS for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone? I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement. Have OA. Any harm?

Can I try 3-4 TUMS for severe leg cramps while on Prednisone?  I do take multivitamin & a Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium supplement.  Have OA. Any harm?

Possibly: TUMs may affect the absorption of other medications. Also if they have calcium in them you do not want to go above 1,500 mg of calcium a day because of the risk of kidney stones. Also you said you have OA and we typically do not use Prednisone for that condition. Please make certain of your diagnosis ...Read more

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I'm on prednisone for sinus infection. I have a leg cramp from work. Safe to take Aleve for pain on this medication?

I'm on prednisone for sinus infection. I have a leg cramp from work. Safe to take Aleve for pain on this medication?

Let your doctor know: and see what they say and have it recorded in your chart. Usually it's safe, But your doctor knows your history, other medications, medical conditions, things that would make a better decision if s/he knew about it first to then advise you on it now. ...Read more

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Prednisone having severe sweating day and night, cramps in legs feet and hands and extreme fatigue but having a hard time sleeping. How can I deal w/?

Prednisone having severe sweating day and night, cramps in legs feet and hands and extreme fatigue but having a hard time sleeping. How can I deal w/?

Common side effects: Unfortunately, those are all common side effects of steroids, especially if you are on high doses and/or taking it for an extended period of time. Taking it as early in the day as possible may help with the insomnia. Have your potassium checked if you continue having cramps, as steroids can deplete potassium. The sweating....Check w/your dr...Maybe decrease dose, alternating days if possible..... ...Read more

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How do I help stop leg cramps.?

How do I help stop leg cramps.?

Review meds, exercis: It depends on what is causing them. Lots of reasons exist for leg cramps, including medications, electrolyte problems, vascular problems, etc. If it is from a cholesterol drug called statins, then sometimes stopping or changing the medicine can help. Other times, over the counter medicines help, like naproxyn or ibuprofen. Coq-10 is a supplement that can help. Exercise may help too! ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps at night in men?

What causes leg cramps at night in men?

Many: Not limited to men! usually fatigue. Could be due to medications taken. Diuretics exacerbate this by causiing low potassium, magnesium and perhaps low calcium. Poor hydration contributes to this. If one has poor circulation to the lower extremities (pvd), leg crams can occur. Sometimes we just don't know why they cramp. You may be helped by some meds. See your pcp and discuss. ...Read more

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What can I do for sever leg cramps?

Consider 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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Every night I wake up with bad leg cramps. What shouldi do?

Every night I wake up with bad leg cramps. What shouldi do?

Common: Leg cramps are a common problem. The cause is unknown, though. Try magnesium supplement, tonic water with quinine, potassium supplements may help. Local heat or topical rub such as bengay/icyhot or voltaren gel may be of some relief. Avoid exercise before bedtime. ...Read more

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What causes leg cramps, and why does stretching help?

Cramps are common: A muscle cramp is a involuntary contraction of a musle, especailly common of the legs and feet. Most commonly caused by hyperexcitability of the nerves that stimulate the muscles. Can also be the result of an injury and vigorous activity. Dehydration and electrolyte, element imbalances can also be causative factors. Simple stretching lengthens the muscle and stops the contraction. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more