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Does geodon (ziprasidone) cause add, akathisia or inability to sit still. Have trouble sitting on one place?

Does geodon (ziprasidone) cause add, akathisia or inability to sit still. Have trouble sitting on one place?

Akathisia, not ADD: Geodon (ziprasidone) can cause akathisia, a kind of motor restlessness. In some people, this can be an experience of not being able to sit still. This differs from add, a more comprehensive problem. Please talk with your doctor about what you're experiencing. ...Read more

Akathisia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Abrupt Lithium withdrawal caused severe akathisia symptoms. 4 months later I still experience mild symptoms. What can I do? Doctors are confused.

Abrupt Lithium withdrawal caused severe akathisia symptoms. 4 months later I still experience mild symptoms. What can I do? Doctors are confused.

Get a second opinion: akathisia from drug withdrawal should, like ALL symptoms related to withdrawal, be transient and self-limited. However, I have seen many cases where such symptoms appear to persist, and it is never clear whether an underlying problems has been unmasked or it is an idiosyncratic individual response that is unusual/rare. Check for other diagnoses-eg restless leg syndrome) and treat symptomatically. ...Read more

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Will Latuda or zyprexa cause more akathisia?

Will Latuda or zyprexa cause more akathisia?

Medication Section: Latuda causes akathisia in 6 to 22% of patients. The higher dose you take, the higher risk you have. Zyprexa causes akathisia in 3 to 27% of patients. Same risk with increased doses. With similar risk, this may be a more personalized decision for you on which ever one makes you feel better overall. There are also potential treatments for akathisia that you should talk to your doctor about. ...Read more

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Would Abilify (aripiprazole) cause more akathisia than zyprexa? I heard Abilify (aripiprazole) makes people wake up early. I need to wake up early for class. Zyprexa sleeps toomuch

Would Abilify (aripiprazole) cause more akathisia than zyprexa? I heard Abilify (aripiprazole) makes people wake up early. I need to wake up early for class. Zyprexa sleeps toomuch

Akathesia is a: Fairly common side effect from abilify (aripiprazole). Luckily it can be treated with medications like Cogentin or benadryl. No promises of waking up early on either medication but most of my patients sleep well on Abilify (aripiprazole) and are not groggy in the morning. ...Read more

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Will Abilify (aripiprazole) or zyprexa cause more akathisia? Inner restlessness? I feel both but think it is mainly abilify (aripiprazole).

Will Abilify (aripiprazole) or zyprexa cause more akathisia? Inner restlessness? I feel both but think it is mainly abilify (aripiprazole).

About the same.: Both Abilify (aripiprazole) and zyprexa can cause akathisia and inner restlessness. In my practice, more people seem to have more akathisia with Abilify (aripiprazole) although in both drugs, they are dose dependent. ...Read more

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Which one causes more akathisia: latuda or zyprexa or fanapt or saphris (asenapine)?

Which one causes more akathisia: latuda or zyprexa or fanapt or saphris (asenapine)?

2nd generation: These are all 2nd generation antipsychotics, but at high enough doses any of them can cause akathisia. Arguably, Latuda (lurasidone) and zyprexa might cause more than the others. I'm using the 20th edition of clinical handbook of psychotropic drugs published by hogrefe to review data on this. Perhaps others will have other opinions. ...Read more

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Can quitting smokin cause severe akathisia/restlessness? I have been on seroquel for years and Zoloft (sertraline) for one month now. Just began to quit smoking.

Can quitting smokin cause severe akathisia/restlessness? I have been on seroquel for years and Zoloft (sertraline) for one month now. Just began to quit smoking.

Maybe: Zoloft (sertraline) and seroquel are substrates of 3a4, 2d6, and 2c19 liver enzymes. Nicotine is probably neither an inducer nor inhibitor of these cyp450 enzymes (altho it may speed up the metabolism of drugs processed by 1a2 and 2e1 enzymes). Thus your "akathisia" is probably just the result of losing the "calming" effects of the nicotine. ...Read more

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I feel out of zyprexa and geodon (ziprasidone), (ziprasidone) geodon (ziprasidone) causes more akathisia? It also causes more muscle stiffness, ex in the neck. Zyprexa is better but weightgain

I feel out of zyprexa and geodon (ziprasidone), (ziprasidone) geodon (ziprasidone) causes more akathisia? It also causes more muscle stiffness, ex in the neck. Zyprexa is better but weightgain

Discuss ur concerns: With ur psychiatrist. Medication dose needs adjustment based on side effects, tolerance and efficacy to patients. Only your dr can address this issue. God bless u! ...Read more

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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