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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Clonazepam (Definition)

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


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Can klonopin be causing restless legs?

No.: Klonopin (generic name is clonazepam), is often the best treatment for it. See multiple prior answers about rls. ...Read more

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Klonopin withdrawal causing restless legs?

Could be: Klonopin 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 use, appearance of RLS for the first time would not be expected upon medication withdrawal, if withdrawal was not abrupt. ...Read more

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I have been take two Klonopin at bedtime for Restless Leg Syndrome at bedtime. I have a prescription for pain (Percocet 10). Is this safe?

I have been take two Klonopin at bedtime for Restless Leg Syndrome at bedtime. I have a prescription for pain (Percocet 10). Is this safe?

Excessive sedatiion: Both medications have sedating properties and if taken together may be excessively sedating. You should let the doctor who prescribed the Percocet know you are taking Klonopin. Be very careful about driving and working with machines if you are taking both. ...Read more

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What exactly causes restless leg syndrome?

What exactly causes restless leg syndrome?

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).. ...Read more

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What causes restless leg syndrome?

What causes restless leg syndrome?

See below: Maybe genetic, but more often is sporadic without family history. May be related to problems with iron metabolism. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of restless leg syndrome?

What are possible causes of restless leg syndrome?

Often not clear: Some patients have low iron levels and those that do can have symptom relief when iron is supplemented. There is a genetic component to restless legs syndrome as it often runs in families. Many patients don't have an underlying cause. ...Read more

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What causes restless leg syndrome and why does it only seem to bother me at night?

What causes restless leg syndrome and why does it only seem to bother me at night?

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 diagnose it. ...Read more

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Has the cause for restless leg syndrome been figured out yet?

Has the cause for restless leg syndrome been figured out yet?

RLS: Cause unknown in most cases, but it is noted to occur more in chronic kidney diseases, diabetes, iron deficiency, parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathy, pregnancy, sedatives withdrawal & some medications such as caffeine/lithium/neuroleptics. ...Read more

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Akathisia (Definition)

The best way to consider akathisia is to imagine the need to move. Patients with this condition have major problems sitting still. They have a need to move. This can be a side effect of medication, may be associated with disease such as parkinsons, or may be a normal variant. Most doctors use it it describe the ...Read more


Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Restless Leg Syndrome (Definition)

Urge to move: irresistible, involves legs but may involve arms and trunk worse at rest relieved with movement (no symptoms during movement) but may recur once a person stops moving/walking worse in the ...Read more