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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few tricks: If the restless legs syndrome (rls) is secondary to another disease, first treat the disease. If it is primary rls, some women respond to iron replacement therapy, even if not anemic. Second, try avoiding caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol for a while as these make RLS worse. If those strategies do not work, the other options are prescription medications from your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
RLS: Yes, a lot of meds can trigger rls, mental meds can if other body condition already favorize rls. ...Read more
Yes: Any muscle in the body can become irritated or cramp. Often this is a magnesium deficiency as we are all terribly undernourished with it. Add magnesium glycinate (to avoid diarrhea) 200mg 2-3 times per day. Can also use a cal-mag powder to mix up and drink. Also think about adding l-theanine to your regimen 200mg 1-2 caps twice daily to help relax - it works well with the magnesium! ...Read more
See below: There are no foods which "stop" restless legs syndrome (rls). But if RLS is secondary to low ferritin (usually indicating low iron stores), having iron rich foods in the diet may help alleviate the cause. But it is best to seek advice of a fellowship trained sleep medicine specialist who can help make that diagnosis and treat accordingly. ...Read more
RLS: Restless leg syndrome (rls) 1. Proper sleep hygiene 2. Remover the cause of RLS such as: a. Iron deficiency b. Vitamin B12 deficiency c. Neuropathy d. Chronic renal disease 3. Avoid caffeine 4. Rls medications such as: a. Neurontin b. Dopamine however, RLS expert need to be consulted first. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
RLS: If you have an urge to move your legs due to "creepy, "crawling, " uneasy discomfort, or aching feeling especially at night that gets better with movement and worse at rest then you may have restless legs syndrome (rls). Rls can be due to many secondary causes or be a syndrome on its own. It is best to seek advice of a sleep medicine specialist who can help make that diagnosis. ...Read more
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