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Restless Legs Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes a powerful urge to move your legs and feet. You may also have tingling, creeping, itching, or throbbing sensations in your legs. You may have discomfort or pain. Movement relieves the symptoms for a short time. RLS is usually worse late in the day and at night. Your symptoms may come and go for days or weeks at a time, and worsen during periods of stress.

What increases my risk for RLS?

How is RLS diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you to describe your symptoms. Tell him or her what triggers your symptoms, what time of day they occur, and what relieves them. Your provider may ask what medicines you take and when you take them.

How is RLS treated?

You may be given medicines to decrease your RLS symptoms. The following may also help manage your symptoms:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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