I have suffered with RLS for pretty much my entire life, I’m 55 now. Discovered gabapentin reading blog posts.
I have tried all the other meds. My RLS was getting so bad I was having a lot of episodes during the day and not just at night, but worse at night. I could not sit still to even look at a newspaper or magazine. There were time I actually thought I was going to go completely insane.
Most night I didn’t sleep more than an hour or two. Even then I was not getting a good deep sleep. When I asked my GP about gabapentin, he had no problem prescribing it for me. He even followed recommendation for the dosage.
I take 100mg in the morning and at lunch. Before bedtime I take 200 mg.. All I can say is that this has been a godsend for me.
One of Gabapentin off-label use is to treat Restless Legs Syndrome. 76% patients think Gabapentin is good for RLS. A lot of doctors also recommend its off-label usage for RLS.
Joge siad: “I have had RLS and insomnia since around age nine. I was 1st prescribed gabapentin after herniating a disc three years ago. Didn’t notice any effect on my RLS, but I was so drugged up, I wouldn’t have. I was prescribed it again as a sleep aid two months ago.
I have been taking lorazepam for sleep for years, and wasn’t thrilled about taking 2mg of a benzo every night. It works great for sleep, but I feel hung over the next day — can’t seem to clear the fog. I ran out of gabapentin and noticed, holy cow, my legs are driving me crazy.
Only then did it occur to me – – I hadn’t had any RLS symptoms since I started taking it. I thought I had made a major discovery. LOL. This is the only drug that has ever touched my RLS.”