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Quinine water

Has anyone ever drank quinine water or tonic water for back spasms? Or muscle spasms?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,878
    Quinine is one of the major ingredients to combat malaria
    The other major use is for vodka/gin tonics
    I have never heard about its use for spasms....

    Bananas, OJ, yet, but not quinine

    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • I heard that if you have leg cramps (Charlie horse) quinine help. Personally, I never have tried it.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    I have used it for stomach cramp and it definitely helps me, but it isn't effective enough for the severe cramp you are talking about, there is only a small amount of quinine in tonic water.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Tonic water worked wonders for my husband's muscle cramps.

    My husband has cancer and in the early part of his treatment he took a steroid that helps improve the chemo's effectiveness. He experienced terrible muscle cramps in his legs, hands, and stomach muscles. His oncologist said many patients drink a glass of tonic water at bedtime to help. They used to prescribe quinine for the cramps, but no longer can, I think the FDA changed that.

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