For 17 years my primary care doctor had me on Alprazolam or Xanax. It started when I was having anxiety from work-related things. I noticed it stopped my RLS so the doctor reduced my dose to the lowest dose, and I'd cut it in half, besides. My doctor retired and my new doctor cut me off it. She said it was not good for people over 65. So for the last 2 yrs I've suffered with RLS not just at night but 24/7.
Due to needing a new mouthpiece for my sleep apnea I went to a sleep stud doctor. She put me on Ropinirole. My throat swelled. I'd been on Mirapex, Gabapentin, and several others before and all gave me reactions. Finally, she gave me Xanax on Thursday. Not sure if it's permanent or temporary, but I feel like new person. I have energy, I sleep 8 to 9 hours without waking and I feel great. No RLS day or night.
Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
I'm on the lowest dose and I just take one half.