For muscle and calf cramps, the supply of high-dosage magnesium has proven to be beneficial. The mineral regulates the electrolyte balance and in this way contributes to vital muscle function.
Muscle and calf cramps: Treatment
Magnesium combats the most familiar cause of muscle and calf cramps, and as a substance that is naturally present in the body it is well tolerated. Read about what is important when taking magnesium while experiencing cramps and which further tips can help in acute cases. Important note: should muscle cramps occur as a symptom of an underlying disease, then this must be specifically treated by a doctor.
Magnesium and muscle cramps
Magnesium: Dosage for muscle cramps
When you have muscle and calf cramps and a proven magnesium deficiency, an initial dosage of 365 – 400 mg of magnesium is recommended.
When muscle and calf cramps occur as a consequence of a magnesium deficiency, magnesium offers the possibility of a causal treatment. The magnesium reserves are replenished, the magnesium deficit becomes normalized, and the balance in the electrolyte metabolism is restored – an important prerequisite for the correct balance between contraction and relaxation of the muscles.
In contrast to this, other active substances are used more for a purely symptomatic treatment, by solely blocking the stimulus conduction. The actual root of the problem, the magnesium deficiency, then persists. In addition, other active substances often also have a higher side-effect potential, whereas magnesium is well known for its good tolerability.
In this respect, the intake of magnesium is usually also suitable when calf cramps occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As always during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is generally recommended to obtain advice from your doctor first.
Muscle and calf cramps? Take magnesium in sufficiently high doses
Muscle cramps – when to see a doctor?
If the muscle cramps do not improve, despite the measures taken, then it is advisable to see a doctor. Also, with severe and frequently recurring complaints, if there is any doubt as to the cause then a doctor should be consulted to clarify this.
For calf cramps due to magnesium deficiency, high-dosage magnesium from the pharmacy has proven to be beneficial (e.g., Biolectra® Magnesium 365 mg fortissimum effervescent tablets). An existing magnesium deficiency can be balanced out in this way.
Good to know: a dosage of 350 – 400 mg of magnesium is especially suitable at the beginning of the therapy. Over the course of the treatment, the switch can be made to a lower-dosage product. In general, however, a longer-term intake (at least 4 – 6 weeks) of magnesium is necessary to replenish the magnesium reserves.
Calf cramps? Tips on treatment
- Active stretching of the muscles
- Massage to loosen the muscles
- High-dosage magnesium from the pharmacy
- Application of heat (such as a hot bath, a cherry pit heat pack, or a hot-water bottle)