I also suffer with terrible restless legs which prevents me from sleeping
I can't help you with your 1st question.
For restless legs, or RLS, there are a few drugs you can take. An OTC (over-the-counter) one that works almost instantly is Hyland's "Leg Cramps". There also may still be a product out by Hyland called "Restful Legs". Both are homeopathic and list several active ingredients. They dissolve immediately in your mouth. Here's a link to RLS prescription medications:
Mirapex/pramipexole is by far the most commonly used that I know of. You take it about 2 hours before you go to sleep. You will probably be started on a small dosage and work up to the dosage that's best for you. Something that's not always told to patients is that some people taking this drug can find themselves addicted to strange things they never would be addicted to were they off the medication. This happens at the higher doses. The highest dose is supposed to be 0.5 mg per day.
Some people have become addicted to sex, gambling, shopping, you name it... totally out of character for them... yet I take 1.0 mg per day and haven't had this happen. It did happen to my sister, so I know it's real. And no other drug works for her RLS. Just being aware of the possibility of a problem should help you. I'm ready to stop the drug immediately should I start with an addiction. Forewarned and all that! The drug works beautifully most of the time and RLS will drive you up a wall if you can't get it to stop. I'll bet you know what I mean. Best wishes and good health to you.
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