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Restless legs syndrome (RLS) and mirtazapine

Depression & Anxiety | Last Active: Apr 28 4:21pm | Replies (67)

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Thank you for your concern, Merry, with which I absolutely agree. I was likely unclear in my post that the ferritin level should be checked first before taking any oral iron supplement (under a medical provider's guidance).

Part of the problem with restless legs syndrome is this: The majority of doctors do not understand RLS management and do not recognize that a low-but-normal ferritin level is not normal if you have RLS. It needs to be boosted. This is the first line approach, because medications to resolve RLS can in themselves cause problems like amplification.

Thankfully, there are medical providers at the Quality Care Centers such as Mayo who are true experts in treating RLS. The RLS Foundation website is a good place to start. Wrongly treated RLS can be a medical disaster for patients. Been there. Done that.

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I understand! The neurologist picked up on mine. I was lucky. I've spent many nights awake because of those awful feelings inside of them until I learned that if I took enough ropinirole (prescribed by my dr.) and took it by 5 PM I was good. I agree that not enough medical professionals know how to treat it.

I have some blood work due soon and will look at my levels. I'm usually low and will check to see what my Neurologist says about that!

Thank you for bringing more very useful and important information to this very bothersome syndrome.