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AAN releases new treatment guidelines for muscle cramps

KEY POINT

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that patients with idiopathic muscle cramps be treated with agents such as vitamin B complex, diltiazem, or naftidrofuryl (not available in the United States) as initial therapies; if cramps are still very disabling, then a trial of quinine may be warranted as long as patients clearly understand the risks associated with the drug.

SOURCES

Katzberg HD et al. Assessment: symptomatic treatment for muscle cramps (an evidence-based review). Neurology. 2010;74:691–6.