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Do antidepressants cause restless legs syndrome?

Do antidepressants cause restless legs syndrome?

Meds can trigger RLS: What "causes" RLS is uncertain. It may be related to genetics, deficiency of iron in the brain, hormonal changes, pregnancy, parkinson's disease. Medications like antidepressants, antipsychotics, cold and allergy medications can trigger or aggravate rls. Treatment with medication can help diminish symptoms. ...Read more

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Do antidepressants cause restless leg syndrome?

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Do antidepressants cause restless leg syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between antidepressants and symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

Could be, but: Details of rls, see my prior answer. Antidepressants may be associated with rls, but poor sleep state, fatigue, other sx of depression may also lead to rls. In these cases antidepressants may, in fact, help.It must be used correctly dx, and monitored carefully; as with any psychotropic drug, each interacts differently from 1to other. C primary care doc for DX or rx or proper referral. ...Read more

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If someone has depression & restless leg syndrome due to renal failure, what type of antidepressant is best. Dopamine agonist, ssri, benzo, or combo.

If someone has depression & restless leg syndrome due to renal failure, what type of antidepressant is best. Dopamine agonist, ssri, benzo, or combo.

Many choices: You need to talk to your physician because there are many other issues we cannot cover. Since you have both depression renal failure and restless legs each needs specific diagnostic evaluation help answer your question. ...Read more

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Any connection between anti depressants and symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

Any connection between anti depressants and symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

Yes: Some prescription medicines can worsen rls, including anti-depressants, anti-histamines, and anti-nausea medications. Consider consultation with a sleep medicine specialist for further information. ...Read more

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Can flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) cause restless legs syndrome to worsen? Is it possible to also feel it in your arms?

Can flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) cause restless legs syndrome to worsen? Is it possible to also feel it in your arms?

It cannot: The RLS and restless arms/hands syndrome are neurological, sleep movement disorders and treated with Dopamine agonists such as ropinirole (approved in rls) or pramipexole. Many practitioner use Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) as a muscle relaxant and sleep inducer as an adjunctive medication. Rec.: see sleep specialist for more information. ...Read more

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I can't stop moving my legs , can Zoloft (sertraline) cause restless leg syndrome.

I can't stop moving my legs , can Zoloft (sertraline) cause restless leg syndrome.

See below: Most selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like zoloft (sertraline) can worsen or even initiate restless legs syndrome in some people. Have it evaluated by a sleep doctor, to check for other causes such as a low ferritin level. In some people it goes away after sometime and in some the RLS continues as long as zoloft (sertraline) is there. Discuss other options with your prescribing doctor. Also, avoid caffeine. ...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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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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Can a statin drug cause restless leg syndrome?

Can a statin drug cause restless leg syndrome?

Muscle spasms: A statin drug would not cause the condition known as "restless leg syndrome", but some pts taking a statin drug do report uncomfortable muscle spasms, you should consult the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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How can restless leg syndrome cause hypersomnia?

How can restless leg syndrome cause hypersomnia?

RLS: Rls can cause insomnia, or it can cause frequent minor waking up spells and non restorative sleep. ...Read more

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Could restless leg syndrome cause knee problems?

Could restless leg syndrome cause knee problems?

See below: What do you mean by knee problems? Although restless legs syndrome (rls) occurs in the calves ; feet, it is not unheard of for it to extend into the knees or arms. But it has to meet criteria to be rls, such as an urge to move that is worse @ night ; feels uneasy or discomforting. It is better w/ mov't ; worse w/ rest. If you have other symptoms it maybe something else. Please see you pcp for eval. ...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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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 are some common causes of restless legs syndrome?

What are some common causes of restless legs syndrome?

Restless leg syndrom: Restless leg syndrome is an uncomfortable need to move the legs and sometimes the arms too. The symptoms worsen during quiet time, recumbent positions, and sleep. There is no known cause but certain conditions are linked such as iron deficiency, chronic kidney disease, and neuropathy. Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can worsen the symptoms. See a neurologist or sleep specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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

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

Many uses: Gabapentin can be used for multiple conditions. It's original indication was for seizure disorder, these days it is used for chronic pain syndromes, migraine, restless legs, post herpetic neuralgia( pain after shingles). The cause of restless legs is unclear but it is mostly thought to have a genetic basis and also seems to be associated with a Dopamine brain irregularity. ...Read more

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