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
95
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (43) pain (38)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
anxious mood (32) restless legs syndrome (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
pain (31) restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
pain (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (19) restless legs syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (22)

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 (51 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness nausea 24 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (48 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness and feeling faint 21 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (90)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness weight gain 18 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (43) pain (38)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness bipolar depressive episodes 6 more
Total evaluations
27
Tried for
anxious mood (32) restless legs syndrome (15)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog abdominal pain 36 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
depressed mood (29) anxious mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (11 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (31) restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness drug dependence 3 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (32)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 18 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (23) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood blurry vision 6 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
pain (19) restless legs syndrome (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (17 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) jerky movements 5 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (22)
  • 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 6
20s 96
30s 344
40s 759
50s 983
60s 675
70+ 228
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 323
20-29 years 275
30-39 years 403
40-49 years 390
50-59 years 188
60-69 years 39
70+ years 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 476
Female 2,617

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,753
Not Diagnosed 262

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