The BuZZZ about Sleep– Augmentation

Your Latest Buzzword is Augmentation.

Augmentation is the phenomenon in which patients who have been taking a dopaminergic medication for the treatment of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and were doing well on the medication, suddenly start experiencing a worsening of the symptoms of RLS or begin experiencing symptoms of RLS in other body parts, such as their arms, face or trunk. There are guidelines published by international organizations that recommend treatment or intervention options, specifically for physicians, on how to respond when patients present with these symptoms. In general, it is not recommended to increase the medication dose, but to speak with your physician regarding the next steps in care.


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