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Treatment: RLS

Consult a healthcare professional prior to seeking any treatment for RLS.

Treatments which are available for RLS fall into two categories, behavioral and pharmacological treatment. The overall goals of RLS treatments are to relieve symptoms, increase the amount and quality of sleep, and to treat or correct any underlying conditions that may cause RLS.

Behavioral Treatments
Treatment Details
Avoid anything that can worsen RLS symptoms Avoid caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and certain antidepressant, antinausea, antipsychotic, and antihistamine medications.
Exercise A moderate exercise program can oftentimes alleviate RLS symptoms.

Pharmacological Treatments
Treatment Details
Dopaminergic Agents These medicines are also used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD), even though RLS is not related to PD. Different types include Requip®, Mirapex®, Sinemet/Restix®, Permax®, Cabaser®, Dostinex®.
Sedatives These medicines are mostly used for improving sleep quality for RLS patients. Different types include Klonoprin®, Restoril®, Halcion®, Ambien®, Sonata®..
Anticonvulsants These medicines are mostly used for patients with painful daytime RLS symptoms. Different types include Neurontin®, Tegretol®, Epitol®.
Pain Relievers These medicines are used when RLS is severe and occurs very frequently. Different types include codeine(generic), methadone(generic), morphine(generic), Duragesic®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, Roxiocodone®, OxyContin®, Darvon®, Darvocet®, Dilaudid®, Talwin NX®.

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