The typical route of treatment would be a general advice on how to induce a sound sleep and implement a regular sleep routine. In some cases, it may be hugely beneficial to correct an underlying condition as this could relieve symptoms brought on by RLS. For instance, if you were suffering from an iron deficiency you could take supplements to see if it has any positive effects on your restless legs. There are currently only two forms of medicine, of which both we stock, that currently exist with an approved indication towards treating RLS. These are:
Pramipexole: An oral medication which gets to work by helping restore the balance of the natural substance, dopamine, in the brain.
Ropinirole: An oral medication which also works in the same way; by restoring the balance of dopamine in the brain.
There several other forms of drugs that can be prescribed to treat this condition and will achieve their goal in a different fashion. All of them (including pramipexole and ropinirole) was originally created to treat other conditions but have been found as being effective in reducing the symptoms of RLS. Some of which include:
Calcium channel blockers: Medications such as gabapentin or pregabalin, can work for some people by inhibiting certain calcium channels.
Muscle relaxants/sleep medication: This generally includes all benzodiazepines. They can sedate you at night and help you get to sleep and remain asleep; they do not eradicate the problem nor do they have any positive effects on the condition. Frequently prescribed medicine for this includes clonazepam, temazepam, zolpidem, etc.
Opioids: Certain narcotic medications can prove very effective in masking symptoms, but carry the risk of addiction if used frequently and in high doses. Examples of such treatments include codeine, oxycodone, Percocet, etc.
If you are looking for some expert help, book an ONLINE consultation with our GMC Registered Clinicians at alldayDr.com.
Patient discretion and confidentiality top the priority list at alldayDr.com!