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Is Mirapex Helpful For Periodic Limb Movement
Yes: Mirapex is a Dopamine agonist, similar to requip, and Neupro (rotigotine) patch. The latter two are approved for restless leg syndrome, but the former does help rls. None are specifically approved for periodic limb movements of sleep, but all seem to help nicely. A sleep specialist can help select an appropriate med. ...Read more
My boyfriend seems to have periodic limb movement disorder. However, we don't have health insurance. Anything we can do?
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Is there anything I can do if my husband has periodic limb movement disorder and I don't get any sleep?
Sleep: Anything which helps regulate his sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). A difficult problem to get in check for most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limb movements: Plmd is a diagnosis that is established mostly on sleep testing in sleep lab. Rls (restless leg syndrome) is established on clinical grounds often by pediatrician, family doctor or sleep specialist). The key is to address the issue and if the doctor is not taking seriously then ask for second opinion or specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually need no rx: Periodic limb movements are usually harmless and need no treatment. Lots of people have them. Rarely, they may cause insomnia or excessive sleepiness and may need treatment. Medicines like ropinirole or Pramipexole might help. If they do not, there are other medicines that might help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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