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Akathisia (Overview)

The best way to consider akathisia is to imagine the need to move. Patients with this condition have major problems sitting still. They have a need to move. This can be a side effect of medication, may be associated with disease such as parkinsons, or may be a normal variant. Most doctors use it it describe the side effect of medications.


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What exactly causes akathisia and what can be used to mitigate it?

What exactly causes akathisia and what can be used to mitigate it?

A mystery: Akathisia or restless leg syndrome has no sure cause but seems to occur more often with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, iron deficiency, parkinson's disease and peripheral neuropathy. Treatments could include gentle stretching exercises, massage and warm baths. ...Read more

Akathisia (Overview)

The best way to consider akathisia is to imagine the need to move. Patients with this condition have major problems sitting still. They have a need to move. This can be a side effect of medication, may be associated with disease such as parkinsons, or may be a normal variant. Most doctors use it it describe the side effect of medications.


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Can you tell me which medicines are you used in the treatment of "akathisia"?

Can you tell me which medicines are you used in the treatment of "akathisia"?

Several: Classes of drugs are used, but the most important is to stop or reduce the dose of the medication which is usually the cause, or to switch to another drug which is less likely to cause it. Beta blockers, clonidine, mirtazepine and anticholinergics (biperidin, akineton, benadryl) have all been used with varying success rates. ...Read more

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I have mild akathisia, any treatment for this to cure? Please shed some light.Thank you

Antiparkinson meds: Cogentin, (benztropine) Artane etc--if it is due to a med sometimes changing the med. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of akathisia. I have had it more than half a year.

See a neurologist: This is a condition that may be a side effect of one of the medications you are taking. Get it reviewed soon by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Could all patients in anti-psychotic drugs will have akathisia or tardive akathisia later in life?

No: Only a minority of patients treated with these drugs, particularly the newer ones (second generation antipsychotics) get any movement problems, and tardive dyskinesia is very rare with the newer drugs. Akasthesia is more common, but usually goes away with lowering the dose or switching drugs. If these problems do not develop while taking the drug, they will very rarely occur later. ...Read more

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Can you get akathisia on psychiatric tablets?

Yes depends: There are quite a few classes of drugs that are known to increase rates of akathesia. In addition, there are individuals (3-5%) who will experience akathesia after taking a placebo, in double blind studies. ...Read more

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If I have restless legs, how can I prevent them from hurting at night?

If I have restless legs, how can I prevent them from hurting at night?

Underlying Causes: Rule out underlying causes that may be able to be treated such as mineral deficiencies (iron, folate, (folic acid) magnesium), venous insufficiency, or various immune deficiencies. Start with blood work and a venous ultrasound by a vascular surgeon. Review medications for side effects .
If no underlying cause is identified, get daily exercise and cut back on smoking a and or drinking, if applicable. ...Read more

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What exactly is akathisia?

What exactly is akathisia?

A Running Motor: Akathisia is a physcial sensation described as a sense of inner restlessness (a running motor). One feels the need to constanly move. Most likely caused by medications including antipsychotics and antidepressants. Usually goes away with reduction or cessation of the offending drug. Can be disabling for some. There are medications that can help reduce or eliminate it. ...Read more

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What is it like to have akathisia?

What is it like to have akathisia?

Akathisia: Sense of inner restlessness which manifests as inability to sit still (the greek meaning of 'can't sit' ). It results from effect of medications such as antipsychotics, withdrawal from drugs such as benzodiazepines, or neurologic problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of akathisia?

What are the symptoms of akathisia?

Can not sit still: Akathisia is a term to describe side effects of medication that makes it difficult to sit still. There is a need to move. This restlessness may be so severe to disrupt any social setting. It is often associated with facial dyskinesia. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could deal with akathisia?

Usually med AE: Many drugs used in psychiatry such as major tranquilizers can cause this side effect, and changing medication or using an agent to counteract the problem is usually all that is required. Most doctors can easily remedy the situation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: akathisia?

Need to move: The best way to consider akathisia is to imagine the need to move. Patients with this condition have major problems sitting still. They have a need to move. This can be a side effect of medication, may be associated with disease such as parkinsons, or may be a normal variant. Most doctors use it it describe the side effect of medications. ...Read more

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Does cogent in really take away akathisia? It is not working

Does cogent in really take away akathisia? It is not working

Can be helpful: Anticholinergics can be helpful for akathisia but if it is not working there are other classes of medications that may be helpful such as benzodiazepines or tetrabenazine. Please speak with your prescribing physician if your symptoms persist despite treatment. ...Read more

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What exactly causes akathisia and what can be used to mitigate it?

A mystery: Akathisia or restless leg syndrome has no sure cause but seems to occur more often with chronic kidney disease, diabetes, iron deficiency, parkinson's disease and peripheral neuropathy. Treatments could include gentle stretching exercises, massage and warm baths. ...Read more

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How to overcome akathisia?

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Akathisia: Benzodiazepines, Inderal, Anticholinergic agents, gradual tapering of the antipsychotic medication, Vitamin B6, Neurontin, Periactin, N-acetyl cysteine. ...Read more

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Do you know if akathisia and tardive akathisia is permanent?

Akathisia: Akathisia is movement disorder resulting from use of Antipsychotics in short term, & is reversible. Tardive dyskinesia is following chronic use of those medications & is treatable but not reversible. ...Read more

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I was wondering is akathisia and tardive akathisia permanent?

I was wondering is akathisia and tardive akathisia permanent?

Akathisia/TD: Akathisia is restlessness, short-term. Tardive Dyskinesia is chronic, long-term, irreversible. Both are side-effects of Psychotropic medications & result from blockade of Dopamine in brain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is akathisia and tardive akathisia permanent?

Akathisia/TD: Akathisia is restlessness, short-term. Tardive Dyskinesia is chronic, long-term, irreversible. Both are side-effects of Psychotropic medications & result from blockade of Dopamine in brain. ...Read more

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Can experiencing the side effects of akathisia increase the chances that i will have it again?

Can experiencing the side effects of akathisia increase the chances that i will have it again?

Not necessarily: Many of my patients got akasthisia with one member of a particular drug class (like Abilify (aripiprazole) or haldol) but do not get it with another drug from either the same or a different class. Sometimes the addition of a second drug to help prevent akasthisia and other side effects will work (like Cogentin or benadryl). If you are not exposed to more drugs, the chances of akasthisia are pretty low. ...Read more

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What's the proper dose of propranolol to eliminate akathisia? I read anywhere from 30 mg to 80 mg.

That is correct: However, there can be significant side effects as well as interaction with other medications. Best to discuss this with your doctor. Dr R ...Read more

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Can you get akathisia on psychiatric tablets?

Yes depends: There are quite a few classes of drugs that are known to increase rates of akathesia. In addition, there are individuals (3-5%) who will experience akathesia after taking a placebo, in double blind studies. ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) 20 mg cause akathisia?

Yes: Everyone responds differently, but it is certainly possible to experience akathisia with abilify (aripiprazole). Talk to your doctor about your treatment options. ...Read more

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How long will neuroleptic induced akathisia last for?

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How long will neuroleptic induced akathisia last for?

Akathisia: Short lasting once drug stopped or neutralized by cogentin-artane, or switch to less akathisia provoking meds. ...Read more

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What medicines are used in the treatment of akathisia?

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Akathisia: Benzodiazepines, Inderal, Anticholinergic agents, gradual tapering of the antipsychotic medication, Vitamin B6, Neurontin, Periactin, N-acetyl cysteine. ...Read more

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Can you get akathisia from sudden cessation of lamictal?

No: Akathisia is not reported as a side effect of lamictal. It's more common with anti-psychotics such as Haldol (haloperidol) etc. ...Read more

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What's the difference between akathisia and restlessness?

Akathisia vs Restles: Read this article and you will see that it is much more than restlessness. It can affect the mind as well as the body. It can be tormenting experience unlike the restlessness of attention deficit disorder. It is tormenting much more along the lines of restless leg syndrome. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/akathisia. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to use iron supplementation in treating akathisia?

No: Some people with restless leg syndrome are iron deficient, but I am unaware of any connection with akasthesia, which usually is a result of a drug side effect. Withdrawing or lessening the dose of the offending drug is the primary treatment, and use of beta blockers and anticholinergic drugs like Cogentin (benztropine) etc. Are the next best things. Benzos like Clonazepam may help but produce dependency. ...Read more