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 Post subject: Suboxone and RLS
PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:08 pm 
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My son (20 yo) started on suboxone ~3 weeks ago....For the first week he was taking 8mg/day, but still experienced w/d symptoms...then the doctor switched him to 12mg/day...which worked great for a week or so...but lately (couple days ago ro so) he started to experience RLS....

Any ideas ? suggestions ? Does he need to have the dose increased ? He'll be contacting his doc tomorrow.

Thank you very much


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:39 pm 
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It does not make much sense that Suboxone is the cause.If the RLS showed up out of the blue after being stable, there could be a number of other causes including smoking, iron deficiency and anemia, nerve disease, polyneuropathy (which can be associated with hypothyroidism, heavy metal toxicity, toxins, and many other conditions),kidney failure (which can be associated with vitamin and mineral deficiency). Some drugs and medications have been associated with restless leg syndrome including caffeine, alcohol, H2-histamine blockers (such as Zantac and Tagamet), and certain antidepressants (such as Elavil). Best bet would be to have a full blood test that checks all vitamin/mineral levels and then determine what to do.

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