Leg Cramps While on Diabetes Medication

What diabetes medicine is the person on that sent in feedback about the power drink by Coke? She had leg cramps. I am having the same thing on Januvia.

Faye from AR

December 22, 20080 found this helpful
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My diabetes medicine, Metformin, depletes my Vitamin B-12 out of my body. It might cause other vitamin deficiencies, that I don't know about. I do have toe and leg cramps when I don't take my Magnesium and Calcium supplements. I'm taking 2 a day of each, once in the morning, once at night. As long as I do, my backaches tend to go away.

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful

The medication may be causing an imbalance of minerals.

The body needs a proper balance of sugar/potassium/salts or sodium in one form or another.

You may want to try a multi-mineral and a potassium tablet.

Make sure the multi-mineral has calcium and magnesium and vitamin D in it.

One tablet of potassium with this (99 mg.), should help balance this problem. If it persists, add a tablet of B6 to the mix.

A multi-vitamin added to this is a great help as any illness depletes the body of nutrients.

One other reason for cramping legs can be that the lower(spinal area below the waist), spine is out of alignment. The nerves in this area directly affect the legs and feet.

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December 18, 20080 found this helpful

I wholeheartedly support the multivitamin idea. However, if potassium supplements are unavailable or beyond the budget, I'm told bananas are a prime source of potassium. I found a site loaded with info on foods that are rich in potassium: go to


Hope this helps!

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December 22, 20080 found this helpful

Two of my friends were both experiencing leg cramps & went to their Dr's about them. Their Dr's. told them to check to see if their soda pop contains "aspertame." To test themselves, to not drink any diet soda pop for a few days then to drink the diet drinks and see it the leg cramps come back the day after they drank it. Both did the test and it was their diet drinks causing their leg cramps. The Dr's., both said aspertame effects different people in different ways.

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