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Restless Leg Syndrome board


My RLS started when I became PG 9 yrs ago w/2nd son. RLS showed up right away. Not knowing what was going on, my gyn said to eat bananas for potassium while PG. After my son was born, rls was gone. PG w/daughter, rls came back. Still not being diagnoised, the only relief was a hot bath along the back of legs due to being PG,no caffine. Many nights I had to sleep while standing. I had no pain, just the uncontrollable urge to move arms and legs. riding in the car just across town was heck. I would rather of stayed home.Vacations were a bad word to me. A long car ride!!!!!
Finally a neuro doc diagnoised me. I started off on Requip. This was hard to handle. I did take it for about 7 months. I was to take am and pm doses.
I had to take both doses at night with a handful of pretzels or 2 sl. of bread. I would barf if taken alone. RLS seemed to be controlled for awhile then the dosage had to go up. I then was put on Mirapex 2 tabs .5mg at night. This has really worked very well for me.
Hope you find what works for you!!!!!!!
Debbie
Do not use MIRAPEX or REQUIP for the treatment of RLS. Both of those drugs are meant to treat parkins disease. THE FDA HAS NOT APPROVED EITHER OF THESE DRUGS FOR USE WITH RLS. And if you take ant-depresents, it will really screw you body up.

Doctors are using a practice called "off labeling" when writing scripts for MIRAPEX or REQUIP - if that does sound off bells in your head, you may want your hearing checked.

I am 34 years old and have chronic RLS my entire life.
The reply from Thomas saying Requip is not FDA approved is incorrect. It is the only drug currently approved for treatment of RLS. Mirapex is very close to being the same drug, just a alight different make up. They both produce the same result.
I just started taking Mirapex today. I'm prescibed 2x0.125mg at night and 1x0.125mg in the morning, but I'm told that I may take as much as I can tolerate. The reason for such freedom is that I've been on Requip for over a month, ending last night. That drug worked well when it worked, but almost never worked two nights in a row, regardless of the dose.

Today i took 0.125mg of Mirapex at about 11am, felt "good" (less depressed) but still restless, and took a total of .25mg more over the next 6 hours until the legs started relaxing. Already I believe this Mirapex will work better than Requip, and I don't have any nausea or drowsiness whatsoever, unlike Requip therapy.

If Mirapex ends up helping my RLS substantially, my entire life will be different. RLS has affected me almost my whole life, but has tortured me (especially during bedtime) ever since I started (and ultimately ended) antidepressant and lithium therapy 14 years ago at age 18. If I could EVER sleep 8-9 hours without waking more briefly more than a couple times, that would be more sleep than any two other nights put together.


I'll be sure to report my Mirapex experiences in this thread in the coming days or weeks.
Treatable not curable! I get it in my arms too. Has to do with lack of dopamine, a neurotransmitter. I've had it for years and it finally got unbearable, so my Doc put me on Requip - a new drug. It helps the RLS but I get sooo nauseous. Will give it some time to "sink in" and see what happens. Wonderful to be free of the RLS but I'm not fond of the Mexican standoff!! From what I see and hear what works for one may not work for another. Give yours a chance and keep Dr. informed how you're reacting - there are other things to try. Good luck and God Bless!
Quote from Thomas1of12:
Do not use MIRAPEX or REQUIP for the treatment of RLS. Both of those drugs are meant to treat parkins disease. THE FDA HAS NOT APPROVED EITHER OF THESE DRUGS FOR USE WITH RLS. And if you take ant-depresents, it will really screw you body up.

Doctors are using a practice called "off labeling" when writing scripts for MIRAPEX or REQUIP - if that does sound off bells in your head, you may want your hearing checked.

I am 34 years old and have chronic RLS my entire life.

uhh...if mirapex or requip help folks with RLS...why would they not want to take those drugs?
Glad to hear about Miapex since it is now on my radar. I've gone through klonopin (worked for 7 yrs.) followed by ambien and then remission(the good ole' days!) followed by Requip (made me sick to my stomache & made days symptoms worse) and most recently Sinemet (rebound during the day)....the saga continues.

I am taking percocet at night with an ambien and nuerontin during the day and larger dose (400 mg.) before bed. Even with all the meds I twitch during the night. so I guess Mirapex is in my future.

I also wanted to mention(perhaps creating a new thread would be better) that I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. My doc. thinks the thyroid problem is making rls worse. I will report back any improvement in case there is a connection. My rls has gotten much worse over the the last couple years, so there may be a connection to the thyroid.


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