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The main symptom of leg cramps is a sudden pain in a leg muscle that lasts a short time before going away.
Stretching and massaging your leg muscles can help with leg cramps. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can help ease the pain after the cramps have stopped.
A GP may be able to suggest stretches and massages to help ease your leg cramps. They may prescribe a medicine called quinine if these do not help.
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