Washington: A new study has claimed that a drug prescribed for Parkinson``s disease could also treat restless leg syndrome (RLS) without the adverse side effects of current therapies. Rasagaline works by prolonging the effect of dopamine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells in the brain. The cause of RLS is unknown, but research suggests a dopamine imbalance. Parkinson``s is caused by a dopamine insufficiency. “The hope is that Rasagaline, because it prolongs the effect of existing dopamine, instead of producing more, will not come with adverse side effects,” said Dr. Shyamal Mehta, a neurologist and neuroscientist at Medical College of Georgia. “We are trying to evaluate its safety and efficacy in treating RLS at this point. When it has been used to treat Parkinson``s, it’s been well-tolerated with few side effects,” he added.
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