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Dr. C. Rollins
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I am having terrible issues with restless legs. They don't

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I am having terrible issues with restless legs. They don't happen every night but when they do, they hurt so bad I cry. I've tried tylenol, ibuprofen, ice packs, massage, excercising, stretches, warm baths, heating pads, punching them, pacing in the yard at 1 relief. I have tried requip as well as nortryptylline, both left me extremely tired the following day. I don't want to take a,medicine every night for something that doesn't bother me everynight, but my Dr said that's the only way since I never know when it will happen. Is there nothing I can take as needed? I've tried klonopin but the long half life does me in. Please advise me on a solution before I go insane!
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 2 years ago.

If klonopin worked for you in the past but the long half life was your issue with the medication I would suggest alprazolam or triazolam as they have much shorter half lives. Triazolam is the shortest and the medication is also indicated for sleep. Another medication that can be used is gabapentin but has to be taken as a maintenance medication. There is a vibrating pad OTC called Relaxis you could try. Also exercise and decreasing caffeine and alcohol have been shown in studies to decrease restless legs. Hopefully this fully answers your question. Once satisfied please rate my answer. Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. C. Rollins replied 2 years ago.

Checking back in to see if you need any further assistance with your question. Thanks.