Flashcards in 25 - Restless Legs Syndrome Deck (9):
RLS responds to ______ therapy
What is RLS believed to be caused by?
-dysfunctional dopaminergic transmission
-low brain iron stores
What is secondary RLS associated with ?
DM, ESRD, iron deficiency, MS, PD, pregnancy and venous insufficiency
Non-pharms for RLS?
-mental alertness activities to reduce symptoms during times of boredom
-abstain from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine
-stretching, moderate amounts of exercise
-get enough sleep
-d/c meds that may be blocking dopamine (antipsychotics, dopamine blocking anti-emetics and sedating AHs)
If _____ deficient, then supplement
Options for intermittent RLS
-low dose opioids (codeine)
Options for chronic persistent RLS
Options for pregnancy?
None of these drugs are first line for pregnancy
-rule out iron, magnesium or folate deficiency
-can use opioids if necessary