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Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Medical Treatment

The first principle of therapy to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS) is to avoid substances or foods that may be causing or worsening the problem. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine may partly relieve symptoms. The health care professional should review the patient's medications and determine whether any drug he or she is taking could be causing the problem.

Any underlying medical conditions, such as anemia, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, kidney disease, thyroid disease, varicose veins, or Parkinson's disease, should be treated. Dietary supplements to correct vitamin or mineral deficiency may be recommended. In some cases, these treatments relieve RLS symptoms.

Affected individuals may benefit from physical therapy, such as stretching, hot or cold baths, whirlpool baths, hot or cold packs, limb massage, or vibratory or electrical stimulation of the feet and toes before bedtime. Exercise and relaxation techniques also may be helpful.

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Comment from: derekeverton, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 13

I have had RLS for 60 years. When I was young, I had to stand in a bath of cold water until it went away, and it went away for weeks or months, but it got out of my control. Now at 76 years old, I at last got some relief. I had to see a specialist and he has put me on ropinirole (Requip) 4mg modified release tabs and ropinirole 1mg.take first tab at 7 pm and second tab at 10 pm. I have had no sleepless nights since or problems throughout the day! I hope this helps someone else with this terrible disease.

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Comment from: pam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

I have always been on ropinirole. I started out with one pill, then two in evening, now I am supposed to take three per day.

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