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Are any such medications considered first-line therapies for rls?

Are any such medications considered first-line therapies for rls?

There are a number: Requip (ropinirole) (ropinarole) and pramipexol (mirapex) are the main two medications prescribed for rls. Firstly, the diagnosis should ideally be made by a formal sleep study, and a number of conditions, including iron deficiency, should be ruled out, since treating underlying conditions may reduce or eliminate the symptoms. ...Read more

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My dad has RLS and I think I do as well. Is it be genetic? Should I use his medication?

My dad has RLS and I think I do as well. Is it be genetic? Should I use his medication?

Autosomal dominant: About 60% of RLS is familial, meaning it runs in families, and the inheritance is believed to be autosomal dominant with variable penetrance, so the inheritance part is unpredictable. I think you should see a neurologist, get a diagnosis, and let the doctor decide what medication is best for you. You shouldn't use someone else's medication if you don't exactly know what you are treating. ...Read more

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If my RLS is a circulation issue why does dopamine drugs work? If these drugs work for me it seems like it is a dopamine issue not circulation. Help!

If my RLS is a circulation issue why does dopamine drugs work? If these drugs work for me it seems like it is a dopamine issue not circulation.  Help!

See below: Restless leg syndrome is a movement disorder and sleep disorder, and is caused by problems affecting neurotransmitters, not circulation. Drug of choice is a Dopamine agonist, which works very well. On occasion, iron metabolism may be imbalanced and can be detected by a ferritin level. ...Read more

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My RLS is getting worse in my left leg. Even with meds it feels really heavy a lot of the time. Should I be concerned?

My RLS is getting worse in my left leg. Even with meds it feels really heavy a lot of the time. Should I be concerned?

"Heavy"?: "Heaviness" is not commonly reported by RLS patients. You will have to repost and give more detail. ...Read more

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If I have peripheral neuropathy can that make my RLS worse?

If I have peripheral neuropathy can that make my RLS worse?

NOT UNUSUAL: Associated co-morbidities can include peripheral neuropathy, but does not necessarily make the RLS exacerbate. However, important that the underlying etiology be discovered by appropriate testing so that treatment can be initiated. Diligent searching can almost invariably these days, uncover causation, and it is worthwhile, as some conditions can be reversed. ...Read more

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Are there any substances that make my restless legs worse?

Are there any substances that make my restless legs worse?

Several: Antidepressants, both newer ones (ssri's like citalopram (celexa), escitalopram (lexapro), fluoxetine (prozac) and many others, and older tricyclic antidepressants (tofranil, Elavil (amitriptyline) and many others) have been reported to worsen RLS in some people. You should also make sure you are not iron deficient, since this can be a cause of restless leg syndrome. ...Read more

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I have RLS - take Mirapex (pramipexole) 2x day - I'm having knee replacement surgery in wk - can I take Mirapex (pramipexole) before surgery? I'm worried RLS will flare up worse

I have RLS - take Mirapex (pramipexole) 2x day - I'm having knee replacement surgery in wk - can I take Mirapex (pramipexole) before surgery? I'm worried RLS will flare up worse

Ask surgeon: That question can only be answered by the surgeon as well as the anesthesiologist. They have certain criterion for procedures which mortals such as neurologists and others are not aware. Therefore, your best bet is to ask the knife and sledge hammer operators. Additional questions? Write me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Good luck. See you on the racquetball courts after surgery! ...Read more