REM sleep behavior disorder

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What is REM sleep behavior disorder?

REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) is a parasomnia. A parasomnia involves undesired events that happen while sleeping. RBD occurs when you act out vivid dreams as you sleep. These dreams are often filled with action. They may even be violent. Episodes tend to get worse over time.

Common symptoms reported by people with REM sleep behavior disorder

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 REM sleep behavior disorder

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Excedrin Back & Body)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)

Data from patients with REM sleep behavior disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with REM sleep behavior disorder

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for REM sleep behavior disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in a.m.
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Excedrin Back & Body)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for REM sleep behavior disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ritalin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with REM sleep behavior disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has REM sleep behavior disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 8
30s 18
40s 29
50s 43
60s 41
70+ 26
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 14
20-29 years 10
30-39 years 11
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 5
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 73
Female 97

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 70
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from REM sleep behavior disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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