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)

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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
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Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (109) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (79) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
Pain (36) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (32)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Tried for
Anxious mood (33) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Pain (32) Insomnia (30)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Insomnia (42) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Pain (39) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Depressed mood (30) Pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (3)
1 more

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

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness and feeling faint 27 more
How many evaluations
60
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (109) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Blurry vision 23 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (79) Pain (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain 19 more
How many evaluations
34
Tried for
Pain (36) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (32)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 10 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Anxious mood (33) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (20)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Dizziness 20 more
How many evaluations
39
Tried for
Pain (32) Insomnia (30)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Drowsy in a.m. 9 more
How many evaluations
21
Tried for
Insomnia (42) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (2)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Chronic constipation 8 more
How many evaluations
12
Tried for
Pain (39) RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drug dependence 3 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (34)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 8 more
How many evaluations
29
Tried for
Depressed mood (30) Pain (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (23) Insomnia (3)
1 more

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 6
20s 92
30s 284
40s 637
50s 728
60s 429
70+ 123

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 289
20-29 years 244
30-39 years 357
40-49 years 340
50-59 years 156
60-69 years 28
70+ years 8

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,461
Not Diagnosed 241

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