Restless legs syndrome

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Restless legs syndrome is common. While many patients are simply inconvenienced, others suffer greatly from wakefulness and disturbed sleep. The condition is readily recognised by history and examination and perhaps simple investigations. Secondary causes should be excluded. Mild symptoms can be managed without drugs, but severe symptoms may require a dopamine agonist. Treatment is usually effective but may present some practical difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-93
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Prescriber
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Dopamine agonists
  • Opioids
  • Pramipexole
  • Ropinirole

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