Hi all, I am new to this forum...I am posting to try [...]

Posted by jamie @jamie817, May 18, 2015

Hi all, I am new to this forum…I am posting to try and help my mom. There is so many problems regarding my mom but I will try to just touch on what is happening. She is suffering terribly with RLS. My mom has been treated for close to 30 years with numerous antidepressants. She has severe OCD, bipolar, and anxiety disorder. She is currently on 200 mg of Zoloft…in addition to Depekote, and Klonopin. Her RLS was being treated with a very high dose of Requip but has recently been switched to something else; some sort of patch. Nothing is working. Her life is a very sad story due to the mental illness. She lives in a nursing home because she had a stroke 4 years ago which left her somewhat physically and congnitievly (sp) impaired, and because of the mental illness she can become difficult. I am not able to provide her with the care and attention she deserves. I have read numerous articles about how anti depressants can cause the symptoms of RLS, and being that she is on such a high dose of Zoloft I could definitely see the correlation. Anyone else experiencing this or have some advice on which way to go? It is not an option for her to be unmedicated as she still suffers with depression, anxiety, and racing thoughts; I couldn’t bare to think of her without the meds. I just hate to see her suffer with this terrible RLS.

Hi Jamie. I’m so sorry to hear what your mom is going through. I can’t imagine how hard that must be on you! You are correct, those medicines can be known to produce RLS as a side effect. I can’t provide a recommendation through this correspondence, but if you are interested in making an appointment at Mayo Clinic please call one of our appointment offices (Arizona: 800-446-2279 Florida: 904-953-0853 Minnesota: 507-538-3270) and one of our doctors would be happy to discuss the various options with you!

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