Use of ropinirole for restless legs syndrome associated with agitated depression: A case report

S. Miano, A. Talamo, R. Ferri, R. Tatarelli

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Abstract

We describe the unusual case of a young girl with agitated depression who was referred to our Sleep Centre, complaining severe insomnia. She underwent overnight polysomnography that disclosed periodic limb movements during sleep associated with increased sleep latency, supporting the clinical diagnosis of restless legs syndrome. Treatment with the dopamine agonist ropinirole, at the dose of 1.5 mg/day, improved significantly both sleep disturbance and psychiatric symptoms (Table I). This case supports the importance of checking for the existence of restless legs syndrome in young people whose first episode of mood disorder is associated with severe insomnia and to eventually perform a complete Polysomnographic study to confirm the clinical diagnosis and to evaluate the outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-195
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Psychopathology
Volume16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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Restless Legs Syndrome
Sleep
Depression
Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders
Polysomnography
Dopamine Agonists
Mood Disorders
Psychiatry
Extremities
ropinirole
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Agitated depression
  • Dopamine agonists
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Ropinirole
  • Sleep disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Use of ropinirole for restless legs syndrome associated with agitated depression : A case report. / Miano, S.; Talamo, A.; Ferri, R.; Tatarelli, R.

In: Italian Journal of Psychopathology, Vol. 16, No. 2, 06.2010, p. 192-195.

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