Advice on tamoxifen and leg cramps?


Question from Rachel: Leg cramps frequently wake me up during the night. I am on tamoxifen and understand that causes the cramps. I drink tonic water to no avail. Any suggestions?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. This symptom you're dealing with requires an individual evaluation by your doctor because there are a number of things that can contribute to leg cramps. It may be from a significant change in the chemical balance in your body. It may be due to hormonal changes resulting from tamoxifen. If the leg cramps are due to tamoxifen, your doctor is likely to be able to help. Sometimes leg agitation can be a side-effect of medication. Leg cramps that occur while walking, or sometimes at night, can signal blood vessel problems.

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