Depressed with medication for RLS

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Is this because of RLS, Have been depressed couldn't get appointment with Doctor, sinement drug I was on made me really ill, went to Doctors and said how desperate and depressed I was saw Doctor straight away who listened to me, changed medication, feel a lot better now. If this is the case go to your Doctors straight away, longer you leave it worse it will go

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    Hi ,I've had rls for 43years and was driving me mad then8years ago doctor put me on verapamil.and what a different story it is now I take between 1 an 3 tablets a day ,,but I put mine down to a fall and hurt my back years a for that x
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      Joyce, that's huge.  That's a significant discovery.  There's nothing special about your RLS, if Verapmil helps you, it's going to help numerous other people with RLS as well.  So it sounds like from what little I just read that Verapamil is an L-type calcium channel blocker (which I believe Gapapentin is as well) and a vasodilator.

      Ok RLS world, what other substances are vasodilators and/or L-type calcium channel blockers?  Are there any natural substances that might be vasodilators...I think Niacin might be?  And there's anecdotal evidence that Niacin does help RLS...immediately.

      That's what we all need.  Something that works immediately and has little to no bad side effects.  Then in the long run we need to figure out what is triggering our RLS and is that trigger something we can control?  For some people, conditions like MS and rhemutoid arthritis seem to trigger RLS.  Those conditions are hard to "control."  But in many cases (such as mine) RLS is triggered by the smallest amounts of certain medications such as antihistamines, antidepressants, antacids and melatonin.  Over-eating will also trigger my RLS and numerous other people's as well. 

      I have been consistently under-eating day in day out for a week now and have not had an attack of RLS.  The type of food seems to matter less than the sheer quantity of food and time of day that I eat it.  Bad to eat at night.  So less is more when it comes to RLS and food.  And it seems like it's not a matter of how much you weigh but just start under-eating right away.  You don't have to become thin before your RLS will subside if that is what is triggering your RLS.

      My "go to" drug when I do get an attack is iron bis-glycinate or 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar.  I recently read that iron may actually have anti-depressant properties to it.

      Anyways, thanks again Joyce...great find!!!

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      Potassium is also a blood pressure regulator but through other means than vasodilation.  Cream of tartar is pure potassium.

      But be aware, some people with RLS have a worsening of symptoms on ace inhibitors and statins which are also heart medications.


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      I think I have far exceeded my posts quota for the day but I just copied this from another RLS blog:

      My neurologist prescribed both Wellbutrin and Verapamil for migraine prevention (not for RLS) about four years ago, and coincidentally after suffering from RLS for about 25 years (I'm now 43) it miraculously disappeared. I get it only maybe once every several months now. Ask your doctor, maybe one of these meds will help you too. best of luck.


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