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01 May 2003

What medication do I need to stop this? Will iron-intake put it to a stop. Please help me, I can't sleep at night and during the day it feels as if someone is pulling my legs apart? Can you help me?
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01 Jan 0001

Anya, the problem with restless leg syndrome is that a cause is seldom found. Treating it isn’t always easy and the treatment isn’t always successful, but the good news is that it sometimes goes away by itself. Treatment options include muscle relaxants, nerve stabilisers and even malaria medicine (quinine), but as far as I know, not iron supplementation. Quinine has been shown to work in some cases in dosages of 300mg per day, but it can have serious effects on the heart and can therefore not always be used. At the moment Sinemet 25/100®, 1 tablet at night is the drug of choice. The best thing to do would to contact your GP so that he can confirm the diagnosis and then take it from there. Good luck.
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