WHY ARE YOUR LEGS RESTLESS?
I wish I could say I know why you have restless legs but I don’t.
I can tell you a bit about the common “drugs” used to treat restless legs and a healthy alternative.
Yes I am a registered nurse and I am the aunt that everyone wants at their bedside when in the hospital as their advocate. I am the neighbor that everyone calls on to see if they should go to the ER for stitches, or how to dress a wound or look at a nasty rash and sometimes (and this really happened) to help them clasp on a necklace.
I try most of the time to not have to send anyone to the emergency room or doctors office. But also knowing where my boundaries are as a health professional I will never put anyone in danger.
Not too long ago a friend of mine asked me what I thought about a drug he was taking for his “restless leg syndrome” “Not much” was my response.
I told him it would best to not take any for this symptom because no one really knows what causes it.
Here are the most commonly prescribes drugs for restless legs:
Dopaminergic agents. These drugs are also used for Parkinsons
Benzodiazepines. These are commonly referred to in the medical profession as “Benzos” and are highly addictive
Opioids. They use these when nothing else works and also highly addictive
Anticonvulsants. No explanation needed.
Alpha2 -adrenergic agonists. Heavy duty blood pressure medications
Iron salt. is used to correct iron deficiency resulting from chronic hemodialysis.