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A 36-year-old male asked:

I'm on olanzapine and each time i wake up in the morning i have a horrible urge to move all the time. is this at all dangerous long term ?

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Dr. Austina Cho
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lower the dose.: The dose of olanzapine may be too high for you. You may be experiencing a side effect called akathisia or a feeling of intense restlessness. You are also on an opioid med for nerve pain. Nerve damage may also contribute to your symptoms. Please discuss them w/ your dr. Olanzapine is approved in the US for schizophrenia & bipolar d/o. If you have anxiety/depression you may need a different med.
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Movement Disorders: Akathisia is a feeling of restlessness and agitation, a multifactorial side effect recent studies have shown is both multifactorial and worse with the newest second generation antipsychotics than with the older SGAs like olanzapine. Antipsychotics are not perfect and may cause movement disorders in the long run like tardive dyskinesia and you should know the risks. Talk with your physician.

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