... 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?
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.
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!
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