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    Default Something that helps with restless leg from withdrawal

    Bananas!! Cheap and tasty! Actually, it's the potassium in the bananas that helps with restless leg, which most get from opiate withdrawal. I suffer from restless leg syndrome (because of the nerve damage in my lower leg), and used to take a prescription med for it. About two years ago I read how banana's help, and i've been eating two before bedtime ever since. It has also helped me when having restless leg during withdrawals, too.

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    Interesting, thanks for sharing

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    One thing that always helped my restless legs was to have a good orgasm, it would quiet my legs right down.

    Since it is not always possible, I think your suggestion is a good one @xcheck44.
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    Eating a Banana is a great idea. When I was a kid, I was placed on prednisone for really long stretches - like 6 months at a time. It really depletes your potassium. My hands found fold in on themselves from muscle contractions. It was a really weird sensation. Anyway, a doctor, or someone, I don't remember who suggested bananas. They worked like a charm.

    I also remember reading something about restless leg and iron deficiency.

    Restless leg syndrome: Causes - MayoClinic.com
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    Wow, it's great to finally hear some people with the same problem as me. This just started happening to me 2 years ago and I never understand why. What I get is an irresistable urge to move my legs and tighten my calves. It is extremely annoying....

    Thank you very much for the advice. I will try bananas and orgasms if I ever have it happen again.
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    I will try bananas and orgasms

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    Try 5htp supplement before going to bed. It's an amino acid supplement that raises serotonin levels. I find it to be very relaxing but I have read that some people respond differently. Also, restless leg syndrome has been linked to Low dopamine levels. You might want to try L-dopa.
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    I took Zanaflex for restless legs during withdraw. It is really strong so I only took 1/2 the recommended dosage. But boy did it work.
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    I suffer from restless leg syndrome, and my doctor prescibed Pregablin (Lyrica) which works really well. Never heard that bananas could help but will give tham a try, as however bad I feel I always eat one a day, as I'm sure they help with my mental health.

    Will have a banana tonight instead of Pregablin, as my RLS usually happens late at night.

    Thanks for the tip @xcheck44.
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    Quinine will help a TON for RLS as well.
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    I'm not 100% sure on the rules regarding what I'm about to say so mods ... If against I apologize. If one lives in a state that has authorized the use of medical marijuana, this helps tremendously with withdrawal symptoms and restless leg. Combine that with an orgasm and you'll forget about restless leg, withdrawals and feel normal again. And of course, after treating yourself with medical marijuana and having an orgasm, the banana will help you cope with certain other side effects of the mm. Just sayin
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    I use OTC brand pills called "Hyland" for leg cramps..it is with Quinine and it helps me a lot. Good luck! I know how bad this can be....
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    If you have access to a doctor during withdrawals, both Lyrica and a muscle relaxant like Zanaflex or baclofen will likely help.
    I'd avoid relaxants like Soma or Valium, however.
    Restless Leg Syndrome is a very frequent and irritating symptom of acute opioid cessation.
    I realize that my contributions to this discussion board can seem like a broken record at times but I'll mention again that having a doctor on your side when discontinuing addictive substances can provide access to prescription medications like these and/or to other potentially helpful drugs such as Lomotil, promethazine, even an antidepressant like Wellbutrin for Post Acute Syndrome treatment.
    While cleaning up is never going to be a waltz around the dance floor, it doesn't have to be more painful than necessary if it's done with professional medical help and support from loved ones and family.
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    I'll second @alumni's Zanaflex rec. I took some of those for restless leg and other WD symptoms from Tramadol, and it worked quite well!
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    Quinine IS an effective remedy for restless legs, however, over-the-counter/OTC homeopathic products such as Hyland's Leg Cramps contain such an insignificant quantity of quinine that it is extremely improbable that these products are any more effective than a placebo would be. The Hyland's products, for instance, contains either 0.0078 mg per dissolveable tablet or 0.014 mg per caplet of Cinchona bark, which is a natural source of quinine (this information was sourced from Hyland's own website, [http://www.hylandslegcramps.com/faq]).

    Tonic water is found by some to be effective for leg cramps and restless legs. A glass of tonic water typically has a quinine content of 15-20 mgs. Tonic water does contain only a small amount of quinine when compared to the doses prescribed by doctors, however it contains significantly more quinine (over 1,000 times more) than over-the-counter homeopathic remedies.

    Pramipexole (trade name Mirapex) is a prescription medication prescribed for restless leg syndrome. I have personally used pramipexole for symptoms resulting from opioid withdrawal, and I found it to be quite effective in reducing my limb-related withdrawal symptoms. Pramipexole is specifically indicated as a pharmaceutical treatment for RLS (restless legs syndrome) as well as for early-stage Parkinson's disease. Further nformation regarding pramipexole can be found at: Pramipexole (Sifrol and Sifrol ER) for Parkinsonís disease: NPS - Better choices, Better health
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    hylands has a restless leg med not just one for leg cramps.ive taken the restless legs for withdrawls.it helped alittle.i think the bananas help becuase of the potassium.potassium helps r.s. but when i had withdrawls darvocets worked best for r.s.
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    restless legs are the worst, especially when its from withdrawals.
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    For me I have found cyclobenzaprine or ativan work very well.
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    I personally know what DOESN'T work; when in severe opiate withdrawal before, I took about 10 mg of clonazepam (Klonopin) and it put me to sleep for about an hour, but during that hour, my partner almost called for an ambulance because my restless legs were so, so severe, even while I was passed out, that he thought I was having seizures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleyolson View Post
    I personally know what DOESN'T work; when in severe opiate withdrawal before, I took about 10 mg of clonazepam (Klonopin) and it put me to sleep for about an hour, but during that hour, my partner almost called for an ambulance because my restless legs were so, so severe, even while I was passed out, that he thought I was having seizures.
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    That is VERY scary - I hope ur doing ok now. I do have seizures & have to go off norcos once a month. So, I understand & empathize with you.
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