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Doctor insights on: Can Klonopin Cause Restless Legs

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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 (clonazepam) 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 (clonazepam) withdrawal causing restless legs?

Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal causing restless legs?

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. ...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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Causes of restless leg syndrome? K+ deficiency?

Causes of restless leg syndrome? K+ deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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What is restless legs syndrome? What causes it?

What is restless legs syndrome? What causes it?

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. ...Read more

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What is the cause of restless legs and the treatments for it?

Don't forget veins: An often overlooked cause of restless legs syndrome (rls) is venous insufficiency. If you have RLS and varicose veins, treating your vein problem might very well make your RLS go away. ...Read more

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I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

I read that low dopamine is a cause of restless legs--how does this happen?

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. ...Read more

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