Pregnancy and RLS

RLS/WED occurs more frequently in certain populations, including people with end-stage renal disease, women during pregnancy, and people with iron deficiency. Also, RLS/WED in the elderly and children brings other challenges. Sharing your experiences may be extraordinarily helpful to others.
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Pregnancy and RLS

Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Oct 21, 2005 4:21 am

I went through some of the past threads looking for pregnancy info. Here are some web pages that deal specifically with pregnancy and RLS:

Info from the Foundation on pregnancy and RLS:
http://www.rls.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?&id=10

Info from the So Cal Support Group:
http://www.rlshelp.org/rlsrx.htm#Pregnancy

General information on pregnancy and risks associated with meds:http://www.motherisk.org/

Info from We Move on pregnancy and meds and RLS:
http://www.mdvu.org/library/disease/rls/rls_mptp.html


These are posts that come from several sections of the board.
These are general information, including tips, discussions, meds, etc.

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=824

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=691

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=679&h ... =pregnancy

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=249

http://bb.rls.orgviewtopic.php?t=44

These posts were specifically related to meds and pregnancy:

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=1150

http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?t=249

http://bb.rls.org//viewtopic.php?t=411& ... =pregnancy
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Postby ViewsAskew » Fri Jan 06, 2006 7:59 pm

A reply from Dr Buchfurer to someone who wants to get pregnant:

"There are two RLS medications which are safe (category B) for use in pregnancy. They are methadone and Dostinex. Most RLS specialists should know how to use these drugs but it is likely that most other doctors will not feel comfortable prescribing them."

This is from www.rlshelp.org, patient letters, page 61. I'd have to guess that some of the RLS specialists wouldn't know how to use them, however. A person would probably need to ask the prospective specialist his or her views before ageeing to be treated. For example, one neuro I saw, who writes about RLS and gives lectures, says he doesn't believe in prescibing methadone. I doubt he'd give it, yet he is an expert.

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Postby ksxroads » Wed May 03, 2006 9:48 pm

RLShelp patient letter Dr. B reply April 30, 2006

The two drugs of choice for pregnant RLS patients are the narcotics methadone and oxycodone (low dose). Both are available generically so should be covered and not too expensive. My preference is methadone as it has been used a lot (in much higher doses) for pregnant heroin addicts and seems to be reasonably safe.

If one of these narcotics does not completely resolve your RLS symptoms (which is very unlikely as they really work great to relieve RLS symptoms) then you can add Ambien (which is not yet generic so may not be covered as well) to help you sleep.

All the above drugs are pregnancy category B drugs which are considered reasonably safe for pregnancy.
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