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What is the treatment for restless leg syndrome?

Treatment of restless leg syndrome is first directed toward any underlying illness, if known. For example:

  • Blood testing to reveal underlying iron deficiency anemia may reveal the underlying cause.
  • If varicose veins are thought to be the cause, then surgery to repair the circulation may be considered.
  • Reduction or elimination ofcaffeine, nicotine, and alcohol from a person's diet can be very helpful.
  • Stopping smoking can significantly diminish or prevent symptoms.
  • Getting better sleep and exercise can help some persons affected by restless legs.
  • Pregnant women who do not sleep well at night and other people with sleep disorders may develop RLS.
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Comment from: rlsbigtime, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I read that iron deficiency may be the reason we suffer from restless leg syndrome. Mine is getting worse. Requip works but I am starting to need more in the middle of the night. I want to try anything that will help and maybe will mean I do not need extra dose of medicines. I wonder if I can find relief by increasing the iron in my diet. I see Grape Nuts, Total and some other cereals have high percentage of iron.

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Comment from: david, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

I was using Sandoz pramipexole for restless leg syndrome (RLS) and it worked well for a long time. I tried quitting, and my RLS came back. I was starting to have some side effects from pramipexole. This may have been caused from a new medication I am taking. I am going back on pramipexole, anything is better than RLS.

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