Science Questions

Sun, 28th Nov 2004

Part of the show Safe Sex, & Cervical Cancer Vaccines

Question

Terry asked:

Why does Indian tonic water stop restless legs?

Answer

I'm not sure whether it can affect genuine restless leg syndrome, but tonic water can certainly help leg cramps because it contains quinine which is added to give it is bitter taste. Doctors sometimes prescribe quinine to people who complain of night time leg cramps. Perhaps your legs are restless because of cramps and the quinine in the tonic water you drink settles them down ?

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