Taking Cramp Seriously
We are experiencing supply issues on Crampex tablets. We hope to regain supply in 2018.
Please contact your GP or Pharmacist for alternative treatment options for night cramps.
Jayne Foster (Ledbury, Herefordshire)
I remember waking up in the middle of the night with excruciating pains in my legs from the age of about 10. I would jump out of bed shouting and hopping around on one leg until the pain subsided. My parents just put it down to growing pains and the doctor said I would eventually grow out of them....I didn't. It wasn't until I met my current partner that it occurred to me that there could be something up. A few nights after he moved in it happened for the first time and I woke him up by leaping out of bed.
The very next day he marched me down to the pharmacy where the lady behind the counter explained that I was probably suffering from nocturnal cramp which could be caused by a lack of calcium. I got it checked out by my GP who concurred. I visited my local pharmacist for an over-the-counter remedy that would help my night cramps.
Now I take two Crampex tablets about half an hour before bed and my cramps have virtually stopped and I feel so much better for a good night's sleep - I wish I had discovered it years before!
Edward Howard (Reading, Berkshire)
I used to get nocturnal cramps almost every night. I would jump out of bed in the middle of the night and be in agonising pain. I'd hop to the bathroom and wrap a cold wet towel around my leg until eventually the cramp eased.
My sleep being interrupted every night was really getting me down and my performance at work was suffering. I had to start sleeping in a different bed from my wife as I was waking her up every night too. I discovered Crampex at my local pharmacy. Since taking Crampex I don't suffer with cramp at night anymore. Having consistently good sleep at night has made me feel like a new man. I can't believe I put off getting it sorted for so long.
Annie Davis (Burgess Hill)
About 18 months ago I started to be awoken regularly during the night with excruciating night cramp. Often it was both of my calves cramping at the same time, and not just in one leg - not pleasant at all. I tried a number of preventive measures; including more salt in my diet, drinking lots more water and eating more bananas - but none of these things seemed to help at all. It was only a couple of months later that I realised they seemed to happen mostly after working out or running, which shocked me as I thought exercise was supposed to be good for you! I decided to include some extra leg stretches post-workout and up my water intake, which helped significantly but did not stop the night cramps completely. My Aunt told me about Crampex, which I found really helpful as they halted the cramps completely. I now take them as a preventive measure, as and when I need them.
Jo Gill (Uckfield)
I can honestly say that night cramps made my life rather unpleasant, due to a rare reaction that I experienced which left me unable to walk for a week. It all started when playing with my kids in an adventure playground - I went on a zip-line and upon landing my right leg felt like it was on fire with the calf muscle spasming violently. My leg was in so much pain that I couldn't actually walk, or even stretch out my leg, and had to hop home. Over the next couple of days the bruising went black and actually spread across my leg, so I went to the doctor. He explained the bruising was blood clots caused by a rare reaction to the cramp and there was nothing to do to help it along, bar resting up and waiting for the blood to disperse. As a result of this one off incident I was regularly woken in the middle of the night with painful cramp. The sleep deprivation was driving me mad, so I spoke with my doctor again who thought it may be happening due to a calcium deficiency, so recommended milk before bed, which did not help at all! A friend one day noticed how shattered I looked and recommended trying Crampex - night cramp is now happily a thing of the past!
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