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Clonazepam for RLS

Clinical bottom line

There is no information on which to justify treating patients with clonazepam.


P Montagna et al. Clonazepam and vibration in restless legs syndrome. Acta Neurol Scand 1984 69: 428-430.

Clinical trial

This was a tiny crossover trial involving six patients randomised to clonazepam 1 mg daily or placebo for one week. Various outcomes were measured.


Clonazepam was somewhat better than placebo (Table 1).

Table 1: Clinical trial of clonazepam

Treatments and Outcomes
Patient details
Adverse Events
Montagna et al. Acta Neurol Scand 1984 69: 428-430. R = 1
DB = 1
WD = 1
QS = 3
Duration = one week
1 clonazepam 1 mg daily (6)
2 placebo (6)

Quality of sleep and leg movements
Age range 44-64 (Mean 54 years), with RLS for average of 15 years Clonazepam better than placebo for sleep quality and leg movements. Five of six patients preferred clonazepam to placebo None noticed



There was insufficient data about clonazepam in RLS. One further further study identified was not randomised, not double-blind, and 10 patients with RLS, and used a single dose of clonazepam (Saletu et al European Neuropsychopharmacol 2001 11: 153-161.)