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Review: could Niacin cause Restless legs syndrome?

We study 5,756 people who have side effects while taking Niacin from FDA and social media. Among them, 21 have Restless legs syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Restless legs syndrome and more.

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Niacin

Niacin (latest outcomes from 6,303 users) has active ingredients of niacin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (a powerful urge to move your legs) (latest reports from 68,682 patients) has been reported by people with restless leg syndrome, osteoporosis, depression, high blood pressure, pain.

On Aug, 15, 2014: 5,753 people reported to have side effects when taking Niacin. Among them, 21 people (0.37%) have Restless Legs Syndrome. They amount to 0.03% of all the 68,642 people who have Restless Legs Syndrome on eHealthMe.

Trend of Restless legs syndrome in Niacin reports

Time on Niacin when people have Restless legs syndrome * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Restless legs syndrome0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin * :

FemaleMale
Restless legs syndrome47.83%52.17%

Age of people who have Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Restless legs syndrome0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%7.14%92.86%

Severity of Restless legs syndrome when taking Niacin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Restless legs syndrome0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Restless legs syndrome ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Restless legs syndrome0.00%100.00%0.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Prophylaxis (7 people, 33.33%)
  2. Thyroidectomy (2 people, 9.52%)
  3. Blood cholesterol increased (2 people, 9.52%)
  4. Muscle spasms (1 people, 4.76%)
  5. Smoking cessation therapy (1 people, 4.76%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (16 people, 76.19%)
  2. Amoxicillin (12 people, 57.14%)
  3. Levothyroxine sodium (12 people, 57.14%)
  4. Nexium (8 people, 38.10%)
  5. Effexor xr (8 people, 38.10%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (21 hours ago):

  • This drug does not help a person with social anxiety and or panic disorder. I was tired for the first couple of days but couldn't sleep due to restless leg. Now, after three weeks of taking it, I'm up til 2am. Does not help me sleep. I feel restless and tired/awake.

    Reply

    Thomas Mofield on Sep, 1, 2014:

    The FDA has approved Ambien (Zolpidem) as an off label treatment for restless leg syndrome. Ambien is a sedative and is used to help you sleep.

    A word of caution: Although zolpidem is used as an off label treatment for restless leg, sometimes it will make little difference, and sometimes it can make it worse (this is rare though). Give it a shot. Hope you get some restful sleep.

    I sometimes get restless leg, the only thing that helps me (oddly enough) is to sleep with my feet uncovered. I don't know why this works, but it does for me.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • Been incapacitated since xmas 2010, unable to work, life has been destroyed. Crawled away from abusive relationship, lost everything. Social Security is fighting me, it's disgusting. Doctors are wretched and worthless.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • nadia on Aug, 19, 2014:

    I was on topiramate for a month and half, and had horrible restless legs... and the idea of stabbing my legs with a knife seemed like a happier alternative. I would sit and cry in some anxiety state, because the need to move was overwhelming. It was horrible. But there is hope... I stopped the toperimate... stopped it... completely, cold turkey(remember I was only on it a month and half, 25 mg three times a day)... and in a week the restless craziness stopped. It's very rare... but shit is my luck, because i'm one of the 0.12% I guess. My doc put me on it, to give me a boost in weight loss... but nothing is worth the restless legs shit.

    Reply

    perplexed on Sep, 29, 2011:

    I unfortunately fit this profile to a t. Female, age 47, on topamax for 2 years for migraines, take cymbalta and now horrendous restless leg syndrome. It is maddening. I have been taking valium, which does seem to help somewhat. I stopped the topamax about a month ago, but the rls continues...any thoughts or suggestions?
    Thanks

    Reply

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