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What other factors are associated with the development or worsening of restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Other factors associated with the development or worsening of restless legs syndrome (RLS) include:

  • Chronic diseases. Certain chronic diseases and medical conditions, including iron deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy often include symptoms of RLS. Treating these conditions often gives some relief from RLS symptoms.
  • Medications. Some types of medications, including antinausea drugs, antipsychotic drugs, some antidepressants, and cold and allergy medications containing sedating antihistamines, may worsen symptoms.
  • Pregnancy. Some women experience RLS during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester. Symptoms usually go away within a month after delivery.

From: Restless Legs Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

The University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "Restless Legs Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Restless Legs Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation: "About RLS: Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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