I thought I would write a bit of a blog about my recent events, in the hope it may help someone else. Last year I started taking cipralex (ssri). I really needed it at the time and now realise i have a long term depressive problem. It made me so much better, and I began to feel the way I`ve always thought I should feel. I can cope and life has changed dramatically. Unfortunately, so did the RLS. Symptoms intensified and went on for much longer to the point where I wasn`t sleeping much at all and living on painkillers.
After a lot of thought and research, I went back to my doctor and she changed me to venlafaxine (SNRI). I had to reduce the cipralex slowly and take a break for a few days then start the new drug slowly. I am now up to the full dose. I was ok up until the end of the first week of taking the new drug, but then my mood went through the floor. It got so bad that I almost went back to the cipralex. Then yesterday, I had a wave of peace and now feel back to (MY) normal. thank God!! I was so afraid it wasnt going to work, because......my RLS symptoms are now about 75% better and dont last too long, I am getting a reasonable amount of sleep and feel good in myself.
I have no idea why different types of anti d should have such a different impact on RLS!
So I hope my experience can help another sufferer!!!