Medicinal help is possible! The most effective drugs are anti-Parkinson drugs. Although this is quite clear, it is not known why this occurs.
RLS is not a preliminary stage of Parkinson's disease!
Drug therapy is effective and efficient. But it should definitely be discussed with a specialist (neurologist).
- L-Dopa (e.g. Restex® - the only approved drug with this active ingredient)
- Dopamine agonists (pergolide, pramipexole, ropinirole)
- Sedatives (clonazepam, oxazepam, etc.)
- Antiepileptic drugs (gabapentin)
- Opiates (tramadol, oxycodone, etc.)
From our perspective, therapy for RLS is by no means limited to medications. We are often surprised how quickly the symptoms improve when a multimodal therapy is consistently applied.
Especially important seem to be decongestive procedures, (e.g.) manual lymphatic drainage, apparative compression, other forms of massage, restful sleep (sleep hygiene), relaxation procedures, respiratory therapy and a change of diet with weight optimization.
In particular, respiratory therapy seems to us to be suitable for reducing the general excitability of the central and peripheral nervous system.