Drug Treatment Available for Patients With Severe Restless Legs Syndrome

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General Measures Can Help

Caffeine-containing beverages and medications can exacerbate RLS (as well as causing new symptoms in some individuals) and should be avoided. Stopping smoking may also be helpful, as may reductions in alcohol intake. Clearly, any medicines known to contain ingredients that contribute to the development of symptoms of RLS should also be avoided.[1]

Patients should be made aware of the importance of a regular bedtime routine.[1] Excessive sleep during the day may contribute to sleep disturbance; alternatively, excessive physical activity during the day may exacerbate RLS in some individuals. A hot bath before bedtime may help in some. In general, physical measures (e.g. vibratory stimulation of the sural region) are not useful.[1,2]


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