... my psychiatrist gave me clonazepam for restless leg syndrome over 7 years ago and when I was able to speak with a neurologist from the VA Sleep Study clinic, she realized that I should have been given something else since restless arms was the issue more than with my legs. So, she wrote a prescription for Ropinrole then passed along the prescription to be handled by my psychiatrist. I began showing weird symptoms and call my psych doc about it and she waved it off like I was worrying about nothing. She said to stop talking it for a week to see if I noticed a changed, after I had taken it for two months increasing the dose each month from .25 to .50mg. I looked the drug up on this website and my symptoms were listed under severe allergic reactions. I stopped taking that medication completely and after a month, my symptoms totally disappeared. Does anyone else have restless arm syndrome and have a different medication I can ask about?
31 Aug 2010
Hi Sandy; Ayupper!! I get restless legs a lot, ... arms off & on and what feels like "Restless whole body syndrome."! I have P.M.R. and for my first year I got NO PAIN MEDS. PERIOD, for either problem. So I says to myself , I says... Myself? ? you ain't gonna get no help from these people so go back to your early survival trainin', 'so I went back to Alcohol school for quite a while,. where I majored in "COFFEE BRANDY"! I finally got some pain Meds. and so not needing survival training anymore the ALLENS Co. Graduated me "Magnum cum Latte'! and off I went to save the world, YO! "L.o.L."! SERIOUSLY...
Seriously, I joined a group called the "Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation"! Who's Executive director is a Woman by the name of Georgianna Bell. E-mail is www.rls.org. Cost / year is $30. They put out 4 real good newsletters called "NIGHT WALKERS"! Quarterly + an intro. copy (total 5) + a copy of the "medical bulletin" - the most comprehensive rescourse(sp?) on RLS... and more. They also have info. on other body parts affected by this disease. Check it out online ! ! ! Sacosam I AM
6 May 2011
yes on top of resltless leg, i have restless arm, its horrible, both of them, i stretch my arms or legs to the point it hurts just to get some release from it, at one time i asked my dr what could be prescribed, he said its treated with parkinsons meds, which will make u hallucinate, what i use on my legs is pressure med socks, never thought of it, but i should try and use it on my arms
31 Jan 2012
I was prescribed mirapex, an expensive newer medicine for restless legs. While pregnant I was prescribed low dose hydrocodone for r l s . Clonapin makes my r l s worse but I am not sure if that's just me... And stay away from Benadryl and most sleep/ allergy OTC meds. Loratadine is a safe allergy med for r l s , FYI.
7 Jan 2013
I to have RLS & RAS. It is the worst!! I go to sleep with it and wake up with it and get during the day! Iam pescribed Carbidopa Levo 25/100. Fou times a day and it really works well..the only side affect that bothers me is a little naesous feeling..I know a lot of ppl on it too and it works for them too..there r differnt strengths also..good luck!
8 Mar 2013
I do. I take 1200 mg of Neurontin (generic name Gabapentin) each night, approximately 4 hours prior to sleep. Unlike other responders, I have not noticed exacerbation of the condition with antihistamines or sleep medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter. I have taken Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, NyQuil, DayQuil, Zzzquil, Ambien, Tylenol PM, and a plethora of other sleep, cold, and allergy medications. That may just be my personal reaction, though, and naturally doesn't speak for everyone.
I first started experiencing this six years ago while having a tubal ligation. I was given general anesthetic and experienced a response similar to restless leg/arm or myoclonus. I had to be put under completely to stop my jerking and allow my doctor to complete the procedure. Since then, I've had problems with restless arm as I try to fall asleep or if it simply gets late in the evening and I'm still awake. Mine is noticeably worse if I have to take narcotic pain medication (Percocet after surgery or Stadol for a migraine). Taking narcotic prescriptions makes it severe enough that I experience muscle pain for days following the episodes because they become so violent and lengthy. It's only worthwhile for the most severe need of pain management.
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