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What is the best med to take for severe RLS? I have been on

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What is the best med to take for severe RLS? I have been on Ropinirole for about 1 year and it suddenly isn't helping at all. My legs stiffen up and jerk most of the time and it is becoming unbearable.
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Yes, I am 86yo and see my doctor routinely. It just became this bad shortly after I last saw him. I take Ropinirole 3mg in the morning and 1 mg in the evemimg. HydralAZINE 25MG mETROPROLOL35MG BUTENIDE1M BID FOR HYPERTENSION; DICLOFENAC 75MG FOR ethritis
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: Yes, PCN and Cephalosporin
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I'm back on. My cat pulled the plug on my unit
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr. Jonathan Yilmaz replied 1 month ago.
Hi there. You are speaking with Dr Jonathan.
Expert:  Dr. Jonathan Yilmaz replied 1 month ago.
Ropinirole has shown to be the most effective in treating restless legs syndrome. However, if it isn't working for you, there is a new extended release form of Gabapentin that can be tried. Speak to your doctor about making any changes.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
It juat so happens, he gave me that for my neuropathy, which I haven't taken yet due to the 4 pages of side effects that came along with it. And no, I am not a diabetic. I have enough problems, I don't want to contemplate suicide as the information says about it. I would think Big Pharma could come up with something or, perhaps I should consider seeing a Naturalist and they could suggest some non-chemical resolution for all my problems
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No call, please. I can't afford that. Hit the button by mistake.
Expert:  Dr. Jonathan Yilmaz replied 1 month ago.
You're welcome to try natural remedies as well. Another thing to consider is magnesium and B vitamin supplements. If your levels of these are low, it can worsen restless legs. A simple blood test can check.
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I take both of those and have been for several years. I even get a B12 shot once a week. I had blood work done last week and everything is within normal limits. Do you think I should make an appt. with Dr. Oz? This would be something to stump him on his TV show. LOL I'm laughing because if I don't, I'll be crying. Any other suggestions?
I'm willing to consider them, if I haven't done them before.
Expert:  Dr. Jonathan Yilmaz replied 1 month ago.
There is a supplement called quinine that has shown promise. A naturalist would be able to help you get the dosing right, as it can be tricky. They may also know of other remedies I am not familiar with, so that may be your best bet!
Expert:  Dr. Jonathan Yilmaz replied 1 month ago.

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