Leg Cramps (Thread 183056)

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rae Says:
My Dr. has put me on benazapril/amlodipine for high blood pressure. I get terrible leg cramps in the night, and have to get up and walk around to relieve them. Is this unusual? I am taking a potassium tablet, which Dr. is aware of.

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kenneth Says:
I too have been getting leg cramps and was not sure why, thanks for the post Rae.

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rae Says:
I've had this happen every time my Dr. gives me a diuretic.

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kenneth Says:
I'm going to have to ask my Dr. about that, once again I thank you for sharing.

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Verwon Says:
Diuretics can cause this, they can cause dehydration as well as low potassium, both of which can cause leg cramps.

Please talk to your doctor about this.

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rae Says:
Doctor knows about it, but she's not the one getting up in the middle of the night, is she?

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myra brackins Says:
Whenever I get leg cramps, I add more potassium. I take a teaspoon of Morton Lite Salt or put it on some celery or in some grapefruit juice. Maybe it will work for you, too. Possibly switch to Morton lite salt and add bananas to your diet.
I'll have to do more research on the drug side effects, however the comments suggest it is a possible side effect. You might be able to compensate.

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Sidney Says:
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I take torsemide tab & always get leg cramps the next morning. With 20 mg the cramps are more severe than with 10mg. I'm not dehydrated bcuz I take adequate fluids the day b4 when I've taken the torsemide. I may have gotten too much salt hidden in foods. When I cook I'm careful the amount of Sodium I'm using? Have checked the other meds I take w/Torsemide & that isn't a problem. Funny but the left leg is worse than the right. Ha!

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