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Can Klonopin Be Causing Restless Legs
Klonopin (clonazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including Clonazepam are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be ...Read more
Could be: Klonopin (clonazepam) and other benzodiazepines are occasionally used for restless leg syndrome (rls), so that upon withdrawal, symptoms would be expected to return. Unless RLS was present prior to Klonopin (clonazepam) use, appearance of RLS for the first time would not be expected upon medication withdrawal, if withdrawal was not abrupt.
RLS: RLS is a condition in which your legs will have sudden brief movements or pain/discomfort. It can occur due to multiple conditions. Sometimes by treating the cause of the RLS can make it go away. You should get checked by your doctor.
RLS: It is a syndrome w/ symptoms of an urge to move the legs especially near bedtime, that improves w/ movement ; is worse @ rest. It typically has uneasy sensations. Besides its relation to low peripheral Dopamine levels ; some to genes, it is unclear why it occurs. Sometimes it may be secondary to other medical issues. It's recommended that you see a sleep medicine specialist to properly evaluate it.
Restless legs: Studies have shown that more than 60% cases of RLS are inherited as an autosomal dominant inheritance, & that there is deficiency of Dopamine in the part of the brain known as substantia nigra.
What is the cause for restless leg syndrome? Experiencing it night and day! also having lower back pain.
Not known: No known cause for restless legs syndrome exists. Researchers suspect the condition may be due to an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine. This chemical sends messages to control muscle movement. Rls runs in families in at least half the people with rls, especaily early age. Rls sometimes accompanies other conditions. Pregnancy peripheral neuropathy. Iron deficiency. Kidney failure.See 1 more doctor answer
Diagnosed with adrenal adenoma. Can this cause restless leg syndrome? Seem to be restless all over, though, like an urge to run to shake it off.
Very unlikely: Unfortunately no definite cause of RLS is known. It is suspected to be genetic. Dopamine agonist drugs like premipexole are very effective.See 1 more doctor answer
NOT FULLY KNOWN: But do find some patients with disruption of iron stores, so, can check ferritin levels. We do find some problem with dopamine issues, and find success in using dopamine agonists, but another approach using Horizant, affects different brain chemicals. May be some genetic links in a few families, and association with a sleep disorder in some also found.
Dopamine lack: I think restless leg syndrome is probably caused in susceptible people (tends to be familial) by a relative lack of sufficient Dopamine and is often associated with fatigue, dopamine-blocking medicines, chronic illness, and the end of gestation. Medications that increase Dopamine are frequently helpful as can be Neurontin (gabapentin) and Klonopin (clonazepam)..See 1 more doctor answer
Cause unknown: No cure but symptomatic treatment is available. A variety of drug classes may work including Dopamine agonists (like ropinerole), anticonvulsants (like gabapentin), benzodiazepines (like clonazepam), and in worst cases opioids. Opioids are drug class of last resort. See a neurologist to confirm diagnosis.See 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Akisthesia (an inner restlessness that can manifest very much like restless legs syndrome) has been reported as a side effect of some antidepressants like prozac, Paxil (paroxetine) and tricyclic antidepressants. However, it is more commonly seen in patients that are on antipsychotic drugs like haldol.See 1 more doctor answer
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