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How soon before I fall asleep do I need to take medications for restless leg syndrome?

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Before RLS starts

Take your RLS meds about an hour before the symptoms start.
If they begin around 8p take the pill at 7p, etc. If you take it right before bed you'll probably still have some issues during the evening and when trying to fall asleep.

In brief: Before RLS starts

Take your RLS meds about an hour before the symptoms start.
If they begin around 8p take the pill at 7p, etc. If you take it right before bed you'll probably still have some issues during the evening and when trying to fall asleep.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: About an hour

Most products recommend taking them between 30-60 minutes prior to going to bed.

In brief: About an hour

Most products recommend taking them between 30-60 minutes prior to going to bed.
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine

In brief: Usually 2 hrs

Restless legs can be disruptive to sleep inititiation and the sensation usually occurs at night and inactivity.
Most medications take time to work and most patients say that if they have not treated their RLS before it starts, it is difficult to do so even if they take thier medications. 2 hours before the legs sensations start is a good rule. Be careful of side effects, especially sleepiness.

In brief: Usually 2 hrs

Restless legs can be disruptive to sleep inititiation and the sensation usually occurs at night and inactivity.
Most medications take time to work and most patients say that if they have not treated their RLS before it starts, it is difficult to do so even if they take thier medications. 2 hours before the legs sensations start is a good rule. Be careful of side effects, especially sleepiness.
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