... Syndrome to stay away from medications used to treat depression. Anyone have RLS triggered by Trazodone
I was just prescribed Trazodone for insomnia BUT was told by my Dr. that treats my Restless Leg?
Question posted by SharleneXO on 24 Nov 2012
Last updated on 17 February 2022
I was prescribed Trazodone 50mg for my RLS and Insomnia recently. I used this for two days, the first day I used 1/4 of a pill and the next day 1/2 of a pill.
I have a very low tolerance for meds so that is why I decided to use a low dose.
After taking both pill doses on separate days I experienced a very solid flare up of RLS.
At first I could not believe this was happening so I assumed that the small dose wasn't enough to calm the RLS... WRONG because after using the dose of 1/2 a pill the RLS was much worse.
I also want to mention I felt chest tightening in the beginning which disappeared after RLS appeared.
Now the funny thing about this post is I did not realize that back in Sept 2016 I was on this site asking if anyone else had bad flare ups with RLS after using this med, it seems I did not remember I took this before.
I have been to 5 different sleep specialist over the years to help with my RLS, and the out come seems to be the symptoms always have the upper hand.
Yes, these comments are pretty old but came across it when googling if trazodone will flare up RLS. Can not believe so many others have the same problem. I was recently put on trazodone for sleep and regret taking it. Also, agree with the gabapentan comment. My doctor said it would help it and again, regret taking that. I have slept 3 hours in 2 days and feel like I'm going insane. Doc. Also said try magnesium. I also did that with no luck.
I feel for all that deal with RLS and people who don't experience it really just don't get it.
I recently gathered enough courage to take the neurontin (aka Gabapentin) prescribed by a neurologist for painful neuropathic feet. It is supposed to help with seizures, neuropathic feet and RLS. Since most meds seem to exasperate my RLS, I was hesitant. Sure enough, I was hit with the most severe RLS I've had in a long time. (Earlier this year, I found that Zantac also exacerbated my RLS.) I don't think anyone who has not had RLS can fully understand the intense misery that it causes.
Just tried it again tonight knowing that it made my RLS way worse but, I hadn't taken it for about 10 years so I thought I would try it again. Bad idea, I took it at 10 and it is now 1:30 a.m. and my legs are on fire and feel like I'm being stung.
Yes! Took 100mg about 3 hours ago for insomnia and wide awake due to RLS!
For your RLS, have you tried a bar of soap unwrapped placed in a sock and placed under bottom sheet at the foot of your bed ? I first heard this when doing my cardiology rotation. Patients say it works very well. I have recommended this "remedy" ever since. There is not alot of research on this, however patients report it does. No Dove, or Irish Spring. For some patients a light lavender scent work well. Good luck.
Trazadone gives me horrible RLS.
I was on Trazodone for a few years and I have RLS and it actually helped with it . I have never heard anyone that I know who takes Trazodone say that it triggers theirs. Sorry... :(
Yes, its not listed in the contraindications for trazedone. I have no idea why he would say that.
Never heard of trazodone causing restless leg or any other antidepressant for that matter. Many antidepressants have a calming effect so not sure why the doc treating the RLS is wanting you to stay away from them.
- Trazodone uses and safety info
- Trazodone information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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