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Do antidepressants cause restless legs syndrome?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: YES

If somebody has a mild RLS antidepressants like ssri Prozac zoloft (sertraline) Celexa etc.
Can make it worse to the level that patient feels symptoms. It can be significant in fact.

In brief: YES

If somebody has a mild RLS antidepressants like ssri Prozac zoloft (sertraline) Celexa etc.
Can make it worse to the level that patient feels symptoms. It can be significant in fact.
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly. Could help

Ssris, if stopped abruptly can cause shock like symptoms which could mimic restless legs.
Buproprion is an antidepressant which effects brain Dopamine and which may help rls. For RLS caused by nightmares, i often prescribe low dose nortriptyline to lessen the vivid dreams.

In brief: Possibly. Could help

Ssris, if stopped abruptly can cause shock like symptoms which could mimic restless legs.
Buproprion is an antidepressant which effects brain Dopamine and which may help rls. For RLS caused by nightmares, i often prescribe low dose nortriptyline to lessen the vivid dreams.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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