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01 Dec 2004

Twitching Legs
Hi there,

Every night, as Im falling asleep my legs start twitching, some nights it gets quite bad, like spasems and it keeps me and my husband awake. Im 24 and on no medication. What can be causing this?

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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Tammy, 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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