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Old 02-24-2020, 08:57 AM
John_W John_W is offline
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I took Gabapentin (also called by the brand name Neurotin) for about ten years for diabetic neuropathy in my feet and it worked great. I just googled other uses and found that gabapentin improves sleep, daytime function, and symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to two pooled analyses presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. A dose of 600 mg/day provides significant improvement to patients with moderate to severe primary RLS, but a dose of 1,200 mg/day may be more effective for patients with severe primary RLS. The most frequent adverse events associated with gabapentin enacarbil are somnolence and dizziness. Next time you see your doctor, bring up this drug. Each pill is 300 mg so that would be 2 to 4 per day using the numbers above. I was told by my doctor I could take up to 2700 mg a day.
Old 02-24-2020, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by jebartle View Post
It works, it really really works. My husband is NOW a believer!!!!
Do you take the bar out of the box?
Old 02-24-2020, 11:24 AM
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Default Journal of Acupuncture has a recent article regarding treatment

please check Acupuncture Today Digital Issue
Old 02-24-2020, 12:17 PM
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Please try CBD oil , our friend has Parkinson’s , RLS , and also was on sleeping pills for 20 years . He has been able to get off the sleeping pills and has also calmed his legs . It has also helped with his Parkinson’s.

CBD oil more natural remedy than chemical pills . Has worked for our friend .

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Old 02-24-2020, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Gigi3000 View Post
Do you take the bar out of the box?
Giggle, snort!
Old 02-24-2020, 04:00 PM
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When doing research on gabapentin (which I take for another condition) it was also being used for RLS. Prescription needed. You could discuss this with your doctor too--just another option.
Old 02-24-2020, 04:08 PM
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Default No Proven Research on RLS!!!

There is no clear rationale for placing a bar of soap in the bed as a means to treat either restless legs or leg cramps.

RLS is defined by an uncomfortable feeling associated with an urge to move that occurs most often at night when lying down. It happens during wakefulness and is typically relieved by movement, especially by getting up and walking around or shifting the legs. It may be caused by iron deficiency and other medical conditions.

Like this forum, it is a popular topic in the other discussion forums and comment threads, but is there science to support the claims?

The short answer still is: no.
Old 02-24-2020, 04:39 PM
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There is no proved scientific or rational should work.

For some of just does.
Old 02-24-2020, 06:26 PM
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Once upon a time, it was impossible for bumblebees to fly. But since they didn't know that, they flew anyway.

This theory has since been debunked and explained by actual science.

Once upon a time, there was no scientific evidence that putting a bar of soap at the foot of your bed would do anything other than make your toes smell nice in the morning. But your legs didn't know this, and they stopped cramping up anyway.

Some day, science will have an explanation for it.

For now, it's enough to know that it really does tend to work.
Old 02-24-2020, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by maggie1 View Post

Have suffered with restless leg syndrome for at least five years, and currently taking Ropinirole 3mg three times a day. More often than not, the RLS wakes me when sleeping, and I seldom get more than four to five hours of sleep a night. If anyone knows of a better way to treat this condition, I'm all ears. I've heard that cannibis might be a good option, but I'd like to hear from others before I take that route.
Ask your Dr about Gabapentin.
Old 02-25-2020, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by PanamaKim View Post
My husband has had success with Pramipexole, a prescription drug that was originally used to treat Parkinson’s disease but is also now used for RLS. He takes as needed.
I also take Pramipexole and recently increased from .25 to .50 which read is the preferred dose and it helps me sleep through the night
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