i have a HORRIBLE case of rls i have been battling what is yous opion is the best med for it
There is not one single medication that is helpful in all people with RLS, which is why it may take several changes in medications and dosages to find the best treatment.-
Levodopa is usually the first medication that is tried for restless legs syndrome, and it is best used to treat mild cases of RLS. Good short-term results with levodopa have been reported, although most patients eventually will develop augmentation, meaning that symptoms are reduced at night but begin to develop earlier in the day than usual.-
Dopamine agonists, such as pergolide, pramipexole, and ropinirole, are also used as medication for restless legs syndrome. These medications are used to treat mild cases of RLS if levodopa stops working; they are less likely to cause augmentation. In addition, ropinirole (Requip) is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to treat moderate to severe RLS.-
For severe cases of restless legs syndrome. Types of narcotics include:
Anticonvulsants are medications that are used to treat epilepsy. However, they may also be used as restless legs syndrome medications. Examples of anticonvulsants include:
Anticonvulsants are used when dopaminergics fail. They are more effective in people with daytime and evening symptoms and in those who describe the unpleasant feelings in the legs as painful. Possible side effects of anticonvulsants include dizziness, fatigue, and sleepines.-
Benzodiazepines such as
Talk you your doctor to find the best solution for you.-
Aaron where you actually diagnosised with RLS? I ask this because restless legs caused by withdrawal are not the same. How long have you been on the suboxone, I read you got the film now. A lot of people will want to know how that works compared to the other.
Back to your legs. I always get terrible restless legs when I go through withdrawal. I still have them since I am not stabilized on my methadone. Only the aren't driving me up the wall.
My husband takes requip. He actually has RLS. I took his pills last time around and they did nothing for me..
So back to my question, were you diagnosed with it?
Hi oxyaaron, I have had actual diagnosed RLS for more than 40 years and as such, have tried almost everything on the market to get it to stop except the strong opiates (allergies). It started coming on only at night for many years, but progressed to both day and night. It got to be my constant companion and as the years passed, it went into my arms as well. I thought I was going to go completely insane, it was so bad. It felt as though there was a balloon being blown up inside of my arms and legs that was so over blown it was going to burst, and like there were millions of ants crawling around beneath my skin. My arms and legs jumped and twitched uncontollably, and it was very painful as well. I had a bunch of different meds and a series of different doctors and finally almost five years ago (I was at my wits end) my current doctor decided to try Mirapex (pramipexole is the generic).
It is used a lot for people with Parkinson's Disease, and it was thought at the time, that I might have that. It worked so quickly on my RLS, I couldn't believe it!! It was great! (and I didn't have PD). After all those years, to finally get relief was amazing. I felt like a new person. I used to sit and ball my hands into fists and beat on my legs trying to get the RLS to let up, it was so bad. I just sat and cried, rocking back and forth, trying to deal with something that was driving me out of my mind. It would also kick up while I was in the car going someplace. I don't drive, and I would just sit there, pushing my feet hard against the floor trying to get it to stop. Everywhere I went, it went with me. I needed an MRI once and couldn't get through it because of the twitching. And then all of a sudden it was gone! I have had to have my dosage adjusted as the time has passed, but now have been on the same dose for almost three years. I think that Mirapex is a wonder drug for people with RLS. My doctor now uses it on most of her RLS patients with great success. We all swear by it. I usually don't answer questions with a lot of talk about myself, but I wanted you to know what a miracle it has been for me. I highly recommend it, and would suggest you go to your doctor and talk to him/her about this med right away. I suffered for so many years before finding Mirapex (pramipexole), and I am so very relieved that other than a few very short, mild outbreaks occasionally, it is gone. As with any drug, it may have side effects if you take over the recommended dosage (which I don't have to), but I would have done just about anything to get rid of this, what I call "horrible affliction." The one thing I do have to do is to get up a little slowly from a lying down position, as I get a little dizzy. But it goes right away. Good luck and please give it a try. I hope (I just know) it will make an amazing difference in your life. It sure did mine! God bless. I am beanmarie
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