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How do dialysis patients treat restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
4 doctors agree

In brief: Treat restless legs

The treatment depends on the cause.
More efficient dialysis, better phosphorus and PTH control, or medications like gabapentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta can be used in different settings. These all carry some risks, so caution is the key when using medication. . Also, sometimes vitamins may be useful.

In brief: Treat restless legs

The treatment depends on the cause.
More efficient dialysis, better phosphorus and PTH control, or medications like gabapentin, Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta can be used in different settings. These all carry some risks, so caution is the key when using medication. . Also, sometimes vitamins may be useful.
Dr. Anthony Cusano
Dr. Anthony Cusano
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Same as in others

Several studies have shown that RLS symptoms are very common in the dialysis population, with as many as 50% of patients experiencing these distressing symptoms.
Iron deficiency should be ruled out, and medications that cause it (antihistamines, some antidepressants and antipsychotics) should be stopped or changed. Drugs like ropinirole, pramipexol are first line, with benzos/opiates second line.

In brief: Same as in others

Several studies have shown that RLS symptoms are very common in the dialysis population, with as many as 50% of patients experiencing these distressing symptoms.
Iron deficiency should be ruled out, and medications that cause it (antihistamines, some antidepressants and antipsychotics) should be stopped or changed. Drugs like ropinirole, pramipexol are first line, with benzos/opiates second line.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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