Are systemic corticosteroids and yokukansan effective in the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Anecdotal evidence from Japan suggests that yokukansan (an herbal remedy) may be effective in the treatment of RLS. [34] Oral corticosteroids have also been used to treat RLS in exceptional circumstances. [35] Currently, steroids and yokukansan are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as therapy for RLS.


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