RLS in my feet - anyone else? Need Meds help

Use this section to discuss your experiences with prescription drugs, iron injections, and other medical interventions that involve the introduction of a drug or medicine into the body. Discuss side effects, successes, failures, published research, information about drug trials, and information about new medications being developed.

Important: Posts and information in this section are based on personal experiences and recommendations; they should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a healthcare provider.

RLS in my feet - anyone else? Need Meds help

Postby Guest » Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:19 pm

I'm 31 years old and have horrible insomnia for the past 2 years getting only 2-4 hours of sleep most nights. A recent visit to a sleep Dr indicated I have RLS...in my feet! Anyway, my Primary Dr. has put me on Clonazapam (sp?) generic Klonopin (sp?) 0.5mg. I started taking 1/2 at bedtime, and not enough help. Got up to full tablet this week and if I take it before symptoms start then it helps, but if after, then I still deal w/it all night. Problem is that I'm so "hung over" from the effect of the meds, yet I think I need a higher dose to get to the point that I'm really sleeping. It's noon and I'm more exhausted than when I was only getting 2 hours of sleep a night. I don't think my Dr deals much w/RLS, but seems to be trying to help. Frankly, I'm just so thankful to have been diagnosed that I want to jump for joy (odd I know, but at least that will fend off the RLS temporarily..haha :lol: ) I recently bought Sleep Thief and am trying to figure out my next step. Any thoughts?


Postby mjc » Sat Jul 03, 2004 1:22 am

My experience is you are lucky to find a primary care doctor who knows about rls but the ones I talk to are anxious to send you on to a specialist. I'm surprised the sleep doctor isn't treating you at this point and that you aren't on something besides clonazipam. It has a long half life so causes you to be tired. When the sleep people told me the only reason I wasn't sleeping and therefore had chronic fatigue, was rls, I almost cried. I had know for years I had rls so thought the situation was hopeless. However, they took me off clonazipan and started me on Mirapex. It was like throwing a switch. In 2 days, I was me again. Unfortunatley, I have had to increase the doses overtime and eventually added Darvocet at bedtime to be able to sleep but I function pretty well on this combo. My advice is to get to a doctor who specializes in sleep or neurology and has a reputation for treating rls. If you haven't been to a regional or national meeting go to one and get lots of helpful info. If you come away with one good idea it is worth the trip.

Return to “Prescription Medications”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest