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A 52-year-old male asked:

Is gabapentin indicated for restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 54 years experience
Probably: All the answers are not in yet for this medication but it seems to be effective for restless leg syndrome especially in leg is one of the symptoms. You need to talk to your dr. About this.
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 54 years experience
Gabapentin used: Restless legs syndrome , movement disorder that causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs. These sensations typically are worse during periods of rest, especially just before sleeping at night..Gabapentin is one of many drugs used for restless legs syndrome. Medications should be tried after efforts for sleep relaxation and avoidance not all patients with restless legs syndrome need medication.
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Best when treated with Horizant, gabapentin enacarbil, but insurance companies are somewhat reluctant to pay the difference.
Mar 30, 2014
Dr. Eric Levin
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends upon Dx.: Dx ?.T/c sleep study? R/o exc., caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, vitamin deff b12, d, folate; anemia, kidney dis, dm, varicose veins, parkinson's, thyroid, adrenal insufficiency.Need life style change, inc exercise ; diet change, message tx, Neurontin used if neurologic cause/ emg. Opiates problematic s.E.'s unless necc., more often requip, sinemet, clonidine.T/c snri- cymbalta, (duloxetine) if not tried.Modafinil may help.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
About 50 percent of those diagnosed with RLS turn out to have Ekbom syndrome due to Iron deficiency . Iron is a cofactors for tyrosine hydroxylase the rate limiting enzyme in the production of Dopamine . I always check serum Iron and ferritin before prescribing anything for RLS
Apr 18, 2014
Dr. Eric Levin
Dr. Eric Levin commented
Psychiatry 43 years experience
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Thank you Dr. Weisman. I did not know this.
May 11, 2014

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A 26-year-old male asked:

What's gabapentin is all use for? And what cause restless leg syndrome

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jean Yared
Specializes in Internal Medicine - Oncology
See below: Gabapentin is used to treat seizure or to treat nerve pain from viruses or diabetes. There is no specific cause for restless leg syndrome, but sometimes treatment of reversible states such as iron deficiency anemia can ameliorate restless leg syndrome.
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