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Restless Legs Syndrome

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by Badash M

(RLS)

 

Treatment

There is no cure for RLS. Treatments are aimed at relieving or reducing symptoms.

Treatment for Conditions That May Trigger RLS

Effective treatment of conditions that may trigger RLS can ease or resolve your symptoms:

Treatment for More Severe Cases of RLS

Medication
Dopamine agonists are the only drugs that are FDA approved to treat restless leg syndrome. They are often considered the most effective type of medication for this condition.
Other medications may be used to help control symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Some medication options include clonidine, anticonvulsants, and opioids. Your doctor will select the medication based on your symptoms and medical history.
 

RESOURCES

National Sleep Foundation
http://www.sleepfoundation.org

Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation
http://www.rls.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Sleep Society
http://www.css.to

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


Cui Y, Wang Y, Liu Z. Acupuncture for restless legs syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev . 2008;CD006457.


Explore restless legs syndrome. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/rls/ . Updated November 1, 2010. Accessed June 27, 2013.


Restless legs syndrome. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated March 7, 2013. Accessed June 27, 2013.


Restless legs syndrome fact sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/restless%5Flegs/detail%5Frestless%5Flegs.htm . Updated June 13, 2013. Accessed June 27, 2013.


Salas RE, Gamaldo CE, Allen RP. Update in restless legs syndrome. Curr Opin Neurol . 2010;23(4):401-6.


What is Willis-Ekbom disease (WED)/RLS? Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation website. Available at: http://www.rls.org/about-wed-rls . Accessed June 27, 2013.


11/26/2012 DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php : Aurora R, Kristo D, Bista S, et al. The Treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome and Periodic Limb Movement Disorder in Adults—An Update for 2012: Practice Parameters with an Evidence-Based Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses. Sleep . 2012;35(8):1039-1062.

 

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