Help Sort Through Meds for Restless Legs Syndrome
About 15% of Canadians have some symptoms of restless legs syndrome...uncomfortable urges to move the legs or arms while at rest.
Restless legs syndrome often has no known cause. Stretching or massage can help...but patients with symptoms that interfere with sleep or daytime functioning often need meds to decrease urges to move limbs.
Dopaminergic agents (pramipexole, rotigotine, etc) work quickly to improve symptoms. But they're linked to nausea, drowsiness, hallucinations, compulsive behaviours, and other side effects.