Discussions that mention potassium

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Years ago, there was an OTC medicine called Q-vel. I would take it when hit with quite severe night-time leg/foot cramps and it would almost immediately alleviate the cramp for me. It was taken off OTC quite awhile ago, it is only available through prescription now...it's called Quinine.

I don't know if you want to go this route, but I can tell you it was very effective and fast-acting in alleviating the cramps for me. No drug is without its downside though; my doctor would not prescribe it as I was taking Claritin and there was some risk in that...

Through the years, I instead increased foods with potassium/calcium which also helps, but that's more of a long-term solution.
I had those cramps before my fusion surgery- it was absolutely terrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I tried to increase the potassium in my diet and drink more water, but what finally helped me was my surgery. After that, they totally disappeared and I haven't had them since (knock on wood!). Don't know if it was the nerve compression or what. I hope everyone having these gets rid of them soon!

Jessie :)
The best for my problem with same crumps was Calcium+Magnesium+Potassium. You also can eat bananas and backed potatoes , they seem to help. But this is natural great remedy to help with this problem.
Good luck to you
Have had horrific full leg 'bone-breaking' cramp in one leg and foot ---bad enough I couldn't get my foot to stand on the floor :(

Have found that my electrolytes were off (Gatorade, Powerade) or just the mineral combination of Calcium,
Magnesium& Potassium daily seem to have taken care of it.
Had another severe attack starting 2-3 nites ago, sent me running for my Powerade & my Calcium, potassium &
Magnesium had me back in bed without any pain within 15 minutes, thankfully! I'm not a big water drinker and that may play a small part in this
I second the suggestion of gatoraide, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Look it up on the web. I used to have terrible cramps in my calves and my feet. I could feel the knot, the pain was nauseating and I would go into a shock from the pain. My husband would have hand cramps. Our rheumotologist suggested the gatorade and deluting it with water to lessen the sweet taste was ok.
It also helped with heart palpatations.