Restless legs syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) affects the nervous system causing a strange tingling, itching or burning sensation usually in the thighs, calves and feet. It results in the uncontrollable urge to move the legs and can disturb sleep.
- Thought to affect 1 in 10 people in the UK
- Symptoms can range from mild to severe
- Treatable with dopamine agonists
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4 treatment(s) for Restless legs syndrome
- Eases restless legs symptoms
- Available in a number of strengths
- Generic version of Adartrel and Requip
- Effective treatment for restless legs syndrome
- Usually taken once a day
- Available in tablet form
- Applied directly to the skin
- Preferable for those who don’t like tablets
- Work for 24 hours
Restless legs syndrome is also known as Willis-Ekbom disease and is a fairly common nervous system condition. People who have restless legs syndrome or RLS report unpleasant feelings often likened to a burning, tingling, cramping or throbbing sensation in the legs. Although symptoms are most often noticed in the legs they can also be found in the arms, head and torso as well.
It is thought that up to ten per cent of the UK population receives an RLS diagnosis at some point during their life. It can develop at any time and in anybody. Women are more likely to be diagnosed than men and pregnant women in particular are more susceptible, especially during the final trimester. It is also possible to have secondary restless legs syndrome as a result of an underlying medical condition such as iron deficiency anaemia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or kidney failure. Idiopathic RLS has been found to run in families due to an identified faulty gene. In these cases the symptoms tend to appear before the age of 40.
Neurologists have been led to believe that RLS is linked to the part of the brain called the basal ganglia. This part of the brain relies on neurotransmitters called dopamine to send signals to the rest of the body regarding movement. If the dopamine receptors are damaged incorrect messages can be sent to the muscles resulting in involuntary movements. Dopamine levels decrease naturally throughout the day which offers an explanation for RLS being more prevalent in the evening. RLS symptoms can be eased through certain relaxation techniques. Common advice includes going for a walk, stretching the affected muscle(s), doing some exercise such as yoga, massaging the area, taking a hot bath, using a hot or cold compress and distracting the mind with other activities.
Certain lifestyle aspects can trigger restless legs symptoms but are not thought to be causes. These triggers include being overweight, smoking, too much stress, a lack of exercise and some medications. RLS can sometimes be resolved by addressing these lifestyle factors. However, treatment is often suggested for those with moderate to severe RLS where a cause has not been established. Untreated RLS can lead to anxiety, depression and insomnia, therefore it is important to receive treatment if symptoms become unmanageable.
Dopamine agonists can be used to treat frequent and painful bouts of restless legs symptoms. Examples are Mirapexin, Pramipexole Ropinirole and Neupro. They all work in a similar way by targeting neurotransmitter receptors in the brain and restoring dopamine levels. Regulated dopamine levels should reduce symptoms. Mirapexin and Ropinirole are tablets which are usually taken once a day; whereas Neupro comes in the form of patches that deliver the medication through the skin.
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Mild cases of restless legs syndrome (or RLS) can be self-managed with lifestyle changes. Doctors often advise that RLS patients quit smoking if they are a smoker. Taking up regular exercise and getting into a regular sleeping routine can also help, as can avoiding stimulants like caffeine.
When restless legs symptoms flare up you can sometimes ease them by walking, stretching, applying a hot or cold compress, taking a hot bath, massaging the area or practising relaxation techniques.
The symptoms of restless legs can sometimes be an indication of an underlying medical condition such as anaemia or kidney disease. So if you’re getting symptoms for the first time, you should speak to your doctor.
RLS treatment is usually advised for those living with moderate to severe cases and also when no known cause has been established.
More severe cases can be treated with dopamine agonists such as Pramipexole (branded as Mirapexin), Ropinirole (brand names Requip and Adartel) and Rotigotine (Neupro). Pramipexole and Ropinirole tend to be oral tablets, usually taken once a day; whereas Neupro treatment contains rotigotine and comes in the form of transdermal patches that are placed in direct contact with the skin.
How do they work?
Dopamine plays an important role in transmitting instructions regarding movement to the rest of the body. Dopamine agonists are used to treat restless legs symptoms as insufficient levels of dopamine are often noted with the condition. Dopamine agonists act on the neurotransmitters in the brain, stabilising dopamine levels and thereby reducing symptoms.
What are the side effects?
The potential side effects caused by the three different types of dopamine agonists that you can buy from our online pharmacy are fairly similar. The most common reactions include nausea, vomiting and headaches. For more details on side effects you should refer to each relevant product page.
Can I take them with other medications?
It is highly important to disclose your current or recent use of any other medications when consulting with our prescriber. Some drugs may interact with restless legs treatment.
What’s the difference between the medications?
Prampiexole, Ropinirole and Rotigotine are known as dopamine agonists.
Mirapexin, Pramipexole, Requip and Adartrel and Ropinirole are produced as tablets that are taken orally. However, Neupro treatment is used as a patch which is placed onto the skin in order to deliver a regular amount of treatment transdermally. Neupro can be a good alternative for patients who are unable to tolerate swallowing tablets.
Should I take Mirapexin, Ropinirole or Neupro?
It depends on the treatment initiated by your doctor. To renew your prescription, or if you do not currently take treatment or are having symptoms for the first time, you should see your GP in person.
Are there different side effects?
The side effects are for the most part the same for all three medications and these might include nausea, sickness, dizziness and headaches. However, they do differ slightly so it is best to make yourself familiar with side effects by thoroughly reading the patient information leaflet.
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