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 periods of inactivity, particularly at night. 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)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (25) pain (24)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
anxious mood (22) restless legs syndrome (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (21) restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (14) restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
fatigue (13) restless legs syndrome (1)

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 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness and feeling faint 12 more
Total evaluations
51
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (39 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea difficulty staying asleep 24 more
Total evaluations
41
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (15 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) memory problems 21 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (25) pain (24)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches increased sleepiness 3 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (22) restless legs syndrome (9)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness chronic constipation 4 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea chronic constipation 5 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (21) restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness agitation 16 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
depressed mood (18) anxious mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision fatigue 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
pain (14) restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain bipolar depressive episodes 32 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (4)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood easily angry 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
fatigue (13) restless legs syndrome (1)
  • 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 89
30s 332
40s 779
50s 1041
60s 838
70+ 314
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 327
20-29 years 282
30-39 years 417
40-49 years 403
50-59 years 195
60-69 years 45
70+ years 10

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 547
Female 2862

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1823
Not Diagnosed 269

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