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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
95
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (40) Pain (33)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) restless legs syndrome (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Insomnia (35) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Pain (30) restless legs syndrome (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (21) Insomnia (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Pain (23) restless legs syndrome (10)

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)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Dizziness and feeling faint 25 more
Total evaluations
57
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (95)
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 24 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (76)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (40) Pain (33)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 12 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) restless legs syndrome (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Acute hearing 12 more
Total evaluations
20
Tried for
Insomnia (35) Anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (30) restless legs syndrome (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Brain fog 6 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
Depressed mood (28) Pain (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Nausea 13 more
Total evaluations
26
Tried for
Pain (21) Insomnia (18)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drug dependence 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (28)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Fatigue 34 more
Total evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (23) restless legs syndrome (10)
  • 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 93
30s 327
40s 741
50s 893
60s 585
70+ 188
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 312
20-29 years 270
30-39 years 389
40-49 years 381
50-59 years 180
60-69 years 37
70+ years 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

85% Female
15% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,618
Not Diagnosed 255

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