I've been taking clonazepam for RLS for many years now. For a long time just one tablet a night did the trick but then I started to need more and more to have the same effect. I stopped taking it and tried every other medication the doctor had in his repertoire but nothing worked. I had very high hopes of Requip but sadly it had no effect at all. I've ended up back on the clonazepam with a side order of gabapentin but I'm not sure that has much effect either. It seems that for me it's clonazepam or nothing. The problem is that it's taking higher and higher doses to have the same effect. Like most people some nights are worse than others and try as I might I just can't seem to pin down any cause.Too much exercise is bad, too little is bad. There's no food I can pin it to and I don't drink anyway. Most nights I take between 2 and 3mg but just a few nights ago I had to take 5mg before it went away. This means I have no evening as the time between my legs calming down and the medication knocking me out is shorter the more I take. Also I'm 53 so hopefully I have many years to go but I can't keep upping my dose indefinitely even if I could persuade the doctor to give me more which is doubtful. I don't get any pain with it and also once I'm asleep I'm OK even if I wake in the night.
I know some people will recommend me trying the medication that works for them but frankly I'm scared of stopping the clonazepam as I really don't think I could go through again the way I felt last time I tried to do without it. What I really need are some suggestions for something I could do that would reduce the amount I need to take.