... good thing ... no masks or machines to deal with. She said it "appeared" I am getting in to all 4 sleep stages ... I question that since I took 30 mg of Serax the night of the study, they and the doc did know I was going to take it. But, they found, tah-dah, restless leg syndrome and she said that would make sense as to why I can start to fall asleep and poof I'm back up or at least I'm thrashing around and then can't sleep ... so she has offered Klonopin along with Requip or Mirapex ... does any one have any experience with any of these three meds? She said the Klonopin is in the same family as Serax, which it is. I have actually stopped using the Serax and switched to the Restoril I have on hand ... seems to be somewhat consistent now which I needed
I have tons of experience with Klonopin. I take it twice a day for anxiety. Makes me very sleepy, which I love! Especially at night. I take it in the a.m. when I get up, but sometimes I get panic attacks or anixety attacks after I take it, which is weird. And then I get exhausted after I get them and I don't know why. The Klonopin is 50 mgs, I think twice a day. Glad you have some consistency. It can be quite trying waiting for your system to adjust. I am going thru that right now witha ton of meds I' m on, For female stuff. We'll see what happens.
I looked back and I don't think my response went through. Now what did I do wrong? Computers are not my forte. Anyways, I am familiar w/ Klonopin. I call it by its generic name, Clonazepam. Works for me. I take .25 mg (by the way 50 mg would be 10 times the lethal dose. I think they meant .50 mg). EZ mistake to make.
I believe #1 HL of Clonazepam is 18 hours so #2 HL=9 hours. That means you get a good 27 hours of effectiveness on l dose until you build up a tolerance.
When I take Clonazepam it relaxes my muscles, makes me SO relaxed. Then after about 2 hours I just drift off to sleep and I get 7-8 hours with it and relaxed next morning.
Just a thought. Since Klonopin also relaxes muscles, do you think it might help with your RLS? If you can get 2 bangs for the buck with 1 drug, give it a try. Less medication is always better. Let me know if it works.
Agh! I am having computer problems. I think there is a virus because I am hearing odd sounds and have been knocked off line twice. Oh well!
I did a bit of research on RLS (restless legs syndrome). Not a lot if actually known about it including the fact it is hard to diagnose. Really? I think if I saw someone thrashing their legs while asleep I would call that RLS.
Causation can vary widely including side effects of certain medications, genetic tendency, and even a side effect of chronic sleep problems.
One theory is that it is caused by a deficiency of dopamine or a problem getting the dopamine to peripheral nerve receptors. Requip is a Parkinson's drug (Parkinsons is also a dopamine deficiency disease). Be that as it may, my theory also works in some cases. That is, giving benzos to relax muscles can work in some cases.
RLS cannot be cured. The goal is to alleviate symptoms. Along with medications and adequate sleep, it is recommended to have warm baths and leg massages. Hmm! That doesn't sound like a harsh regimen, ha.
Of course, smoking is a potential cause and really no one should be doing that. Excess alcohol or caffeine can worsen symtpoms so moderation in both of those. And if you are on sleep or psych medications the rule is to have no alcohol at all.
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