Dear Pharmacist: I’ve had restless legs syndrome for four years, it’s keeping my husband awake. I’m so tired during the day I can’t function. My doctor is sick of me, and wants to try Horizant now, since Requip and Mirapex didn’t work. Should I try? — T.N., Centennial, Colo.
A: Your doctor is sick of you? After four years and all the money you’ve paid, you should be free of this nighttime calamity! RLS symptoms include an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, and an unpleasant sensation of creepy-crawlies, as if worms are in your legs; there may be burning or tingling, and symptoms worsen when you lie down, but often get better if you stretch or walk. Soon, I will offer ideas to help you overcome the condition, but first let’s discuss the prescription medication Horizant, a brand name of “gabapentin enacarbil.”
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