RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)

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What is RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs and an urge to move them for relief; usually occurs during or just prior to sleep. RLS sensations may also be felt in the arms or other parts of the body.

Common symptoms reported by people with RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people with RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (110) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (38) Pain (34)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43
Tried for
Insomnia (41) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (28) Insomnia (26)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) Pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Pain (31) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (28)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (24) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (10)

Data from patients with RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome)

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Treatment name(s)
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Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness and feeling faint 27 more
How many evaluations
59
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (110) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 22 more
How many evaluations
38
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain 23 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (38) Pain (34)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 12 more
How many evaluations
37
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (18)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Dry mouth 9 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Insomnia (41) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Dizziness 17 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (28) Insomnia (26)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 7 more
How many evaluations
30
Tried for
Depressed mood (32) Pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Dizziness 8 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (31) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (4)
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drug dependence 3 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (28)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Lightheadedness Anxious mood 35 more
How many evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (24) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (10)

Data from patients with RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 95
30s 307
40s 698
50s 809
60s 511
70+ 162

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 306
20-29 years 257
30-39 years 373
40-49 years 358
50-59 years 171
60-69 years 33
70+ years 8

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,547
Not Diagnosed 245

These charts show data from Restless Legs patients who have completed their condition history
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