Restless Legs Syndrome was first defined more than 50 years ago little is understood about this condition, its treatment, and its cause. There is a genetic link for some of these sufferers. About half of those with the condition have a relative with the condition. Researchers are still determining who is likely to develop Restless Legs Syndrome and what circumstances make it worse.
Until lately, little relief can be offered to those with Restless Legs Syndrome. Prescription medicine for Parkinson’s disease and seizure disorders along with painkillers, muscle relaxants, and sleeping aids have been used with some success. Even though there is no cure for Restless Legs Syndrome, medication for Parkinson’s disease called Ropinirole has been recently approved to treat the symptoms of moderate to severe Restless Legs Syndrome.
What is Ropinirole and how does it work?
Ropinirole is a medication used for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. It is a type of disorder that causes difficulties with balance, muscle control, and movement. It also includes the stiffness and shaking of parts of the body as well as slowed movements. This is in the class of medications called dopamine agonists that act in place of dopamine. Dopamine is a natural substance in the brain that is needed to control movement.
Ropinirole mimics the activity of a substance in the brain called dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved in transmitting messages between nerves, which permits the body’s normal functioning. Dopamine is known to be absent in the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. This drug works by stimulating specific receptor sites in the brain. This creates the same effects as dopamine and acts as a dopamine substitute. In this way, the medicine helps to restore the dopamine activity in the brain. As a result, it helps lessen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Ropinirole used for Restless Legs Syndrome
Ropinirole is a dopamine agonist that can also be used for Restless Legs Syndrome. It is a common disorder of the nervous system that causes an overwhelming urge to move the legs. The main symptom of this condition may cause an unpleasant creeping or crawling sensation in the thighs, calves, and feet. This sensation is often worse in the evening and sometimes your arms are also affected. The symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome may vary from mild to severe. In severe cases, it can be very distressing and disrupt the daily activities of an individual.
Some patients may also find relief with low dosages of anti-seizure medications, muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, or painkillers. Treatment should be tailored to the patient based on the needs of the patient and the severity of symptoms. There is no cure for Restless Legs Syndrome, but with proper patient care and diagnosis, the symptoms can be controlled in most cases.
How long does it take for Ropinirole to work for Restless Legs Syndrome?
It may take several weeks before you reach a dosage that works for you. If you are taking this medication for the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome, you may receive a starter kit that has tablets of increasing dosages to be taken during the first 2 weeks of your treatment.