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When is medication needed to treat restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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Daily medication is usually recommended only for people who have symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) at least three nights a week, or as determined by your doctor. Keep in mind that drugs used to treat primary RLS do not cure the condition, but only relieve symptoms. People whose RLS symptoms occur sporadically may be prescribed medication to take only when they have symptoms.

SOURCES: 

National Sleep Foundation. 

rls.org (Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation).

eMedicine Health. 

FDA.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 20, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Sleep Foundation. 

rls.org (Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation).

eMedicine Health. 

FDA.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on December 20, 2018

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