Mental health disorders

Restless legs syndrome

(RLS)

About Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes a powerful urge to move your legs. Your legs become uncomfortable when you are lying down or sitting. Some people describe it as a creeping, crawling, tingling, or burning sensation. Moving makes your legs feel better, but not for long. RLS can make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.

In most cases, there is no known cause for RLS. In other cases, RLS is caused by a disease or condition, such as anemia or pregnancy. Some medicines can also cause temporary RLS. Caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol may make symptoms worse.

Lifestyle changes, such as regular sleep habits, relaxation techniques, and moderate exercise during the day can help. If those don't work, medicines may reduce the symptoms of RLS.

Most people with RLS also have a condition called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). PLMD is a condition in which a person's legs twitch or jerk uncontrollably, usually during sleep. PLMD and RLS can also affect the arms.

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  • Horizant
    (gabapentin enacarbil)
    Prescription only

    Horizant (Gabapentin Enacarbil) is a good way to treat pain since it can be used with other pain medications and it's not addictive. You'll need to stop drinking alcohol and it can be somewhat expensive.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
  • Klonopin
    (clonazepam)
    Prescription only

    Klonopin (Clonazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and to treat seizures. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
  • Neurontin
    (gabapentin)
    Prescription only

    Neurontin (Gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that's now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
  • Tegretol
    (carbamazepine)
    Prescription only

    Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
    • Chewable tablet
    • Oral suspension
  • Mirapex
    (pramipexole)
    Prescription only

    Mirapex (Pramipexole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release
  • Requip
    (ropinirole)
    Prescription only

    Requip (Ropinirole) is an effective medicine for Parkinson's disease or restless leg syndrome, but there are potentially serious side effects.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Extended release

Medication side effects for Restless legs syndrome

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Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Restless legs syndrome

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  • Don't start taking medications if you can get by. Over time your symptoms will worsen if you take prescriptions to help with RLS.
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