FAQ’s About Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)


Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) FAQs:

Q: Can symptoms occur in other areas of the body?
A: Yes, RLS effects the legs, arms or trunk

Q: Can taking supplements help lessen my symptoms?
A: Yes, if an underlying iron or vitamin deficiency has been found. If not, seek the advice of a medical professional before taking.

Q: Can medications worsen symptoms?
A: Yes.

  • Antihistamines (like Benadryl) found in many cold, allergy and over-the-counter sleep aids
  • Antidizziness, antinausea medications like Meclizine, Compazine, Phenergan and Reglan
  • Antidepressants such a Elavil, Prozac, Lexapro and Effexor
  • Psychiatric medications such a haloperidol and phenothiazines that are used to treat biopolar disorders, schizophrenia and other serious disorders

Q: Are there any substances I should avoid?
A: Yes, caffeine-containing products such as tea, chocolate, soda & energy drinks and alcohol.

Q: Can children have RLS?
A: It is usually diagnosed in middle-aged and elderly individuals. However, adults can usually trace their symptoms back to their childhood.

Q: What are the causes of RLS?
A:  Causes inclue:

  • Heredity is about 50%.
  • Can be a result of another condition, which, when present, worsens the underlying RLS.
  • Pregnancy, but symptoms often disappear after giving birth.
  • Anemia and low iron levels.
  • Dialysis for end-stage renal disease.
  • Damage to the nerves of the hands or feet (i.e., peripheral neuropathy) from any number of causes, including diabetes.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is common in children and adults with RLS.

* Information provided by the Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation (Formerly the RLS Foundation).