Patient Comments: Restless Leg Syndrome - Treatments

What method did you find most effective in treating your restless leg syndrome?

Comment from: Len, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

I am 55 and use Carbilev 25 mg 30 minutes before I go to bed at night and it works for my restless leg syndrome. Without it I cannot sleep.

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Comment from: SusieQ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

If you are a woman and about menopause age, progesterone cream rubbed into your shins may help with your restless leg syndrome. It works for me every time. I'm better within 10 minutes. You can buy it over the counter or ask your doctor for a prescription. I started having restless legs at about 46 (peri-menopause age) and still occasionally have it at 51. (I tried all kinds of vitamins and supplements, antidepressant, gabapentin, and I walk 3 miles nearly every day, but it did not help.) It was a hormone thing for me. Good luck!

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Comment from: sven, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I started having totally sleepless nights due to restless leg syndrome. I found that 300 mg of gabapentin shuts it down 100 percent. It is real cheap and has no side effects as far as I can tell. The bad news is it seems to last me only about 3 hours. It takes an hour to kick in so I found a rapid release Tylenol helps bridge the gap. I've only been on it for 2 weeks. There is a time release version, Horizant, but it is patented and costs over USD 200 a month.

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Comment from: Denise, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 05

My husband has had restless leg syndrome (RLS) for years, since we've been married and that's 33 years. He's been on Mirapex forever too and I'm sure I don't have to tell you all what kind of social life we have because of it. I read an article last night that might just change everything for us. It was an article about Vicks VapoRub and how it relieves the symptoms. He has such horrible burning he never sleeps through the night. Last night he did. All the way through the night. He was in such pain and having read the article I thought we have nothing to lose. It was life changing and that's understating it. You have to try this.

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Comment from: Metoo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have suffered with restless leg syndrome (RLS) most of my life. I have taken many different drugs, some have done nothing. Some have helped for a while. I now take sleep medicines. I am asleep within 10 minutes. I sleep all night. I wonder why the doctors did not think of this sooner.

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Comment from: Tim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I take 3 mg of ropinirole for restless leg syndrome, which helps a little. Don't laugh but I am putting a bar of soap in my bed at night and it seems to be working.

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Comment from: Tilton92, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I have had restless leg syndrome (RLS) for about 14 years. I have been on several medicines for it but they just make me feel really sick so I stopped taking them. My legs get so bad at night that the only way I can describe it is, it feels like I could twist my legs and ankles off my body. The only thing that helps me is for my husband to rub my legs like a deep massage, five minutes of that and I am asleep in no time. This is a horrible condition that I wish there was a cure for.

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Comment from: Cat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

When I was in my twenties, I would occasionally get what I called 'rubbery legs', in the evenings. When I was in my thirties my restless leg syndrome was almost unbearable during the third trimester of both of my pregnancies. As I have gotten older, it has gotten worse. Tramadol helps but I don't like the way it affects my mood. My doctor just prescribed Mirapex ER. I hope it helps!

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