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Gabapentin Restless Leg Syndrome
Depends upon Dx.: Dx ?.T/c sleep study? R/o exc., caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, vitamin deff b12, d, folate; anemia, kidney dis, dm, varicose veins, parkinson's, thyroid, adrenal insufficiency.Need life style change, inc exercise ; diet change, message tx, Neurontin used if neurologic cause/ emg. Opiates problematic s.E.'s unless necc., more often requip, sinemet, clonidine.T/c snri- cymbalta, if not tried.Modafinil may help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please what is correct dosage of Gabapentin for the Restless Leg Syndrome ? I can't sleep I keep throwing my leg outside bed n moving it around ?
600 mg at night: Studies done used 600 mg but some patient may need more (up to 1,200mg). Remember it may develop tolerance with time. Watch & see. But get a specialized to see you ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many valuable meds: Restless leg syndrome is very common and relatively easy to treat. Dopamine agonists such as requip, mirapex, and the newer Neupro patch work well. Horizant, a Gabapentin like product does an excellent job. Calf and ankle stretching prior to bedtime may assist some. Underlying iron metabolism issues should be checked.. Have you had a ferritin test? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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