Saturday, December 07, 2013
First some background:
In October, my doctor took me off my long time medication for my restless legs and put me on Requip. Okay, worth a try. I had been on the other meds for years and taking one medication over two is cheaper. So I spent the next month weaning off of one medication and onto Requip. That was finished the beginning of November. And then I noticed that every afternoon, my legs would jerk and twitch. Then the pain started. Add in muscle cramps at night. I also was becoming concerned about the rise in my blood sugar levels. I thought this will settle once levels built up. Well, after the jerks and twitches turned into kicks, pain so unbearable that I was spending the evenings walking around the house to make it stop; I called my doctor's office. I hadn't been on just the Requip for a month and thought it was longer than that. I explained the symptoms, but not the rise in blood sugar levels because I didn't think it was related. Luckily, my doctor put me back on my old medications and within three days - no more cramps, no pain, still a little twitching but decreasing, and my blood sugar levels are dropping.
I don't know if these side effects are normal or rare. I just knew I couldn't continue with the results of the Requip. I am sure it works for many people or it wouldn't be around. It did not work for me and caused many days of pain and misery.
The reason for the title of the blog is: if you are diabetic or watching your blood sugar levels and they suddenly go up and you are eating the same, ask yourself if you started a new medication. It might be the reason why.