My wife twitches and jerks in her sleep and it is kind of disturbing to me as I sleep next to her! It wakes me up! I've heard that magnesium is good for this. Am I right in giving her 250mg at supper time for this condition?
If you're looking for something OTC, actually oral potassium is quite good for muscle spasming. If this doesn't work, I suggest you see your Dr. and talk about options such as Soma (Carisprodol) or Flexeril (Cyclobenzeprine), both are indicated for muscle spasm. Soma IMO is more effective when taken as prescribed but will make you drowsy so no driving and also note that Soma can be habit forming if taken for a prolonged period of time.
Other medications include Valium, a benzodiazepine and potentially habit forming, used for anxiety by reducing the amount of electrical activity in the brain, especially, across the cerebellum and for RLS type symptoms there is a drug called Requip (Ropinirole) - a dopamine agonist.
If the OTC remedies fail, bring these up with your Dr. and based on your particular medical history a reasonable choice can be made. Hope that helps!
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