I've tried concerta and ritalin and both make my legs go crazy. Requip helps make it tolerable, but just. Tried adderol a long time ago, but it didn't really help much.
I have taken Concerta and Ritalin for several years now, and also have pretty bad Restless Leg Syndrome. Over time my needs have changed, both my requirements for the Concerta and Ritalin, and my restless legs have gotten worse.
About 10 years ago, I was able to control the restless legs with Calcium and Magnesium. Slowly, this method became less effective, although it does seem to make whatever other method I use to control them last longer. I also take Holy Basil, an herb available in many health food stores. This helps to cut down on anxiety without some of the side effects and/or toxicity of other anti-anxiety herbs or drugs. I purchase many of my herbs from the Vitamin Shoppe, since they strictly control the processing of their ingredients and say they have no additives, gluten, sugar or preservatives in their products.
I have found that taking my Concerta and Ritalin on schedule, not when I am overdue for them, helps control my ADHD better, allows me to sleep better, and also effects the severity of the restless legs. I have taken Lorazepam in the last year or so to help with the restless legs. This helps quite a lot, but again, if I don't take my Concerta and Ritalin on time, all bets are off. Sometimes a hot shower helps to calm the spasming legs, followed by a cool room and a warm blanket. I have recently found that I am allergic to one of the ingredients in Lorazepam, so have had to stop taking it. I am struggling now with my restless legs. I found that increasing the dose of the Concerta helped this. It is counter-intuitive I know, but I found that even the long-acting extended release version of the Concerta would wear off at night. I would find myself waking up in the middle of the night not being able to go back to sleep, and my restless legs would flop all over the bed making sleep impossible too.
I discussed increasing the dose with my sleep doctor, who thought I was crazy, but agreed to let me try it for a limited time. I am now sleeping much better than I have in months, and finally feeling more rested after having been totally exhausted from being unable to sleep.
Good luck with your legs. I know it is a maddening predicament to be in.
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