Restless legs syndrome

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What is 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 restless legs syndrome

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

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with restless legs syndrome

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

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (85)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
pain (37) restless legs syndrome (37)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (26) restless legs syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (30) restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
pain (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
depressed mood (21) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (16) restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (17)

Data from patients with restless legs syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with restless legs syndrome

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

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (50 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 23 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (85)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (46 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness and feeling faint 18 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (82)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (44 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 27 more
Total evaluations
61
Tried for
pain (37) restless legs syndrome (37)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (16 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness bipolar depressive episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
22
Tried for
anxious mood (26) restless legs syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (30) restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
pain (30)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog abdominal pain 36 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 17 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
depressed mood (21) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood blurry vision 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (16) restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (16 evaluations)
Side effects
jittery feeling muscle and joint pain 2 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (17)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with restless legs syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has restless legs syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 88
30s 335
40s 771
50s 1003
60s 730
70+ 246
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 325
20-29 years 279
30-39 years 410
40-49 years 396
50-59 years 190
60-69 years 39
70+ years 11

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 495
Female 2691

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1788
Not Diagnosed 265

These charts show data from restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients who have completed their condition history
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