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    Quinine - is it safe to take for muscle cramps

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    My GP prescribed me quinine for my muscle cramps that I get (happens any time of the day) and pains in my legs and feet. I am just concerned taking quinine as I have heard some bad side effects from it. So basically would like to know if is safe to take for muscle cramps and pain. I have also heard that it can be associated with IBD? Thank you

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    The most up to date research I was able to find in relation to this stated, "There is moderate quality evidence that quinine significantly reduces cramp frequency, intensity and cramp days in dosages between 200 and 500 mg/day. There is moderate quality evidence that with use up to 60 days, the incidence of serious adverse events is not significantly greater than for placebo in the identified trials."

    If you begin to have side effects you should return to your GP. 

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