WebMD states that there is no cure for restless legs syndrome, but there are treatments that help control and decrease the symptoms. Dopaminergic drugs, benzodiazepines, pain relievers, anticonvulsants and antiseizure drugs are common treatments for restless legs syndrome. Leg massages, hot baths, heat or cold applied to the legs as well as a vibrating pad are also used to treat restless legs syndrome.Continue Reading
According to WebMD, dopaminergic drugs, such as Mirapex, Requip, levodopa and Neupro, reduce restless legs symptoms by acting on the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain. Benzodiazepines, which are sedatives, are prescribed to restless legs syndrome suffers to encourage heavier sleep. Narcotic pain relievers are used for pain relief, and anticonvulsant and antiseizure drugs, such as Lyrica and Horizant, subdue restless legs syndrome symptoms.
WebMD notes that non-medicinal treatments along with lifestyle changes, such as beginning a regular exercise programming and decreasing or eliminating the tobacco, caffeine and alcohol usage, are also effective restless legs syndrome treatments. The severity of the symptoms determines how effective these remedies are; it is often necessary to alternate treatments to prevent loss of effectiveness over time, and it is also possible for some medications to increase the symptoms in some while successfully reducing the symptoms in others.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases