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How do you treat persistent muscle twitching after stopping benzodiazin?

How do you treat persistent muscle twitching after stopping benzodiazin?

Time...: Typically it will take time. Benzos act on the brain similar to alcohol, and withdrawal can cause many things, including twitches. Remember, taking benzos or alcohol may help temporarily, but the problem will just be delayed. If you are taking other medications (such as meds for mental illness), see your dr to make sure these are not contributing, as the benzos could have been covering this up. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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How to discontinue a paradoxical benzo like clonazepam 2m (originally: muscle relaxant) after long term use (complications!) ? I can't find any expert

How to discontinue a paradoxical benzo like clonazepam 2m (originally: muscle relaxant) after long term use (complications!) ? I can't find any expert

Paradoxical?: You need to reduce the dose very slowly over several weeks' time. The speed on the reduction should be gauged based on your symptoms. One study suggests that 25% decrease per week may be a reasonable approach. ...Read more

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Do seizure medications treat trigeminal sensory pain or just alleviate pain? if they are a treatment, how long do I need to take them?

Do seizure medications treat trigeminal sensory pain or just alleviate pain? if they are a treatment, how long do I need to take them?

Trigeminal pain. : Typically, these medications are used to treat the symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia by calming the nerve down and reducing the amount of pain signals generated by the nerve. Patients will typically remain on the medication as long as they have symptoms. You may want to consult a neurosurgeon to discuss potential surgical treatments for trigeminal neuralgia if the medication is not working for you. ...Read more

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How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it?Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

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How long should someone take buspar (buspirone)? Do you need to get weaned off of it?Does abrupt discontinuation cause problems?

Talk to your doctor!: Talk to your doctor! the basic answer is that you should take Buspar (buspirone) as long as directed by your doctor. Do not stop it on your own. You will need to get instructions on how to stop taking it. Originally Buspar (buspirone) was not thought to cause problems when it was taken for a short time. Sometimes it is used for long periods of time, in those cases many physicians will wean off slowly. Ask your physician. ...Read more

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How do you fix acute muscular dystonia caused by antipsychotics? Is there a method other than cogentin (benztropine) or do I have to discontinue antipsychotic?

How do you fix acute muscular dystonia caused by antipsychotics? Is there a method other than cogentin (benztropine) or do I have to discontinue antipsychotic?

Yes and no: yes there are alternatives and no you do not have to discontinue antipsychotic I do not see an antipsychotic listed in your med profile but one option may be to switch to another antipsychotic but short of that Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Artane (trihexyphenidyl)) can also be used for dystopia ...Read more

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Does Gabapentin 600 Mg 3 times a day for headaches. cause you to gain weight. and how can you stop taking it. ?

Does Gabapentin 600 Mg 3 times a day for headaches.  cause you to gain weight. and how can you stop taking it. ?

Reducing gabapentin: This medicine can cause weight gain, although it is relatively unusual. It is an unusual medicine for headache prevention. If you want to stop using it, discuss the matter with the prescriber first. They might ask you to reduce your dose to 300 mg three times a day for a week, then 300 mg twice a day for a week, then 300 mg once a day for a week. Then stop. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause muscle twitching when you first start taking it?

Can wellbutrin (bupropion) cause muscle twitching when you first start taking it?

It could: I don't hear about "twitching", but I do hear patients say that wellbutrin (bupropion) can cause a jittery or tremulous feeling, especially at first. This can be dose-dependent (ie, a lower dose might help), and it may improve with time. It's important to stay well hydrated, especially in hot weather. ...Read more

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How do you treat persistent severe akathisia like symptoms from Lithium toxicity and withdrawal when benzos and propanolol cause breathing issues?

How do you treat persistent severe akathisia like symptoms from Lithium toxicity and withdrawal when benzos and propanolol cause breathing issues?

More info is needed: Are you in a hospital setting?how bad of a lithium intoxication? . A low dose lorazepam 0,5mg po q4-6 hours should help. Not sure what breathing problems u refer to, but you'll be monitored .If you are at home and can't take benzos, try a calming, long bath with calming salts, and lavanda oil. Followed by a long walk. ...Read more

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Is Tizanidine addictive? After tapering off will you have more muscle tension than you did before you began the medication?

Is Tizanidine addictive? After tapering off will you have more muscle tension than you did before you began the medication?

No: No, tizanadine, otherwise known as zanaflex (tizanidine) is not felt to be addictive nor is there supposed to be a "rebound effect" if it is stopped. If you tried to stop it and your spasms returned, it is more likely that the underlying condition that caused the spasm to begin with is still symptomatic. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i'm having dependency problems with the benzo, xanax (alprazolam). I want to quit, how long will withdrawals last?

What do you suggest if i'm having dependency problems with the benzo, xanax (alprazolam). I want to quit, how long will withdrawals last?

Depends on dosage: Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the most addictive benzos. Physical dependency is best treated with a *gradual* taper in dosage under medical supervision. Sometimes a less addictive benzo can be substituted, which can be tapered more easily. Depending on your current dosage, the result of suddenly stopping can range from nothing to life-threatening, ; can last from nothing to weeks. Very variable. ...Read more

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What do you do if you have a bad side effect to anti depressant and or antianxiety drug like nerve twitching arm goes numb brain zaps memory loss etc?

What do you do if you have a bad side effect to anti depressant and or antianxiety drug like nerve twitching arm goes numb brain zaps memory loss etc?

Speak with doctor: If you have any side effects to a new medication, call your treating physician for a follow up appointment. This situation cannot usually be well done over the phone, and warrants some time to determine exactly what is going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm having dependency problems with the benzo, xanax (alprazolam). I want to quit, how long will withdrawals last?

DO NOT DO THIS: on your own. Alprazolam withdrawal is notorious for producing VERY severe symptoms, including seizures (which can be multiple and life-threatening), very elevated blood pressure and pulse which can stress a heart with pre-existing problems, and delirium tremens (DTs). www.asam.org or www.aaap.org can give you name of an addiction physician in your area. Get medical help for stopping. ...Read more

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Started vibryd 3 weeks ago. Side effects are insomnia, increased appetite and RLS. Will they subside eventually or do I need to try a different med?

Started vibryd 3 weeks ago. Side effects are insomnia, increased appetite and RLS. Will they subside eventually or do I need to try a different med?

Change drugs: it is unlikely that these side effects will all go away, so I suggest telling your prescribing doc about these effects, so you can be safely switched. ...Read more

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Is there any withdrawal symptoms or do you have to wean off propranolol ER 80 mg capsule when you stop it. How you do it since it is capsule. ?

Is there any withdrawal symptoms or do you have to wean off propranolol ER 80 mg  capsule when you stop it. How you do it since it is capsule.
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Yes: Beta-blockers like propanolol need to be weaned off gradually, or your system will be overly stimulation to beta stimulation (your own adrenaline). Consider cutting the dose in half for a week, then a fourth for another week, then every other day for 4-6 days before stopping. You can ask for a smaller capsule strength, or buy empty gelatin capsules and split the dose. ...Read more

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Do PPI medications eventually cause rebound effects (more reflux) after stopping the drug? If so, why? What to do?

Do PPI medications eventually cause rebound effects (more reflux) after stopping the drug?  If so, why? What to do?

Not quite: However if the conditions causing the reflux are still present reflux symptoms will restart once the medications are stopped. Restarting the medication for GERD will help. Avoiding smoking, upright during meals and at least 1 hr after meals ...Read more

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Do rebound symptoms caused from stopping seroquel (quetiapine) stop, how long does it take to return to pre baseline before you started the med?

Do rebound symptoms caused from stopping seroquel (quetiapine) stop, how long does it take to return to pre baseline before you started the med?

Multiple factors: Every person is unique and as such will have their own unique experience to medications. You did not describe the symptoms you are asking about have not been in detail. Every patient will not experience a discontinuation syndrome or "rebound symptoms". Your described experience could be affected by the dose taken, the duration, the formuation (xr would take longer) and other meds being taken. ...Read more

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How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

Results vary: Assuming no other structural injuries i use 80% Better in 6 weeks as a rule of thumb , reduce stress and massage no treatment is superior they are all equal to time alone ...Read more

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How much shud be the dose of Thorazine & Reglan (metoclopramide) to treat hiccups. How long should I be taking them if the hiccups dont stop. Diabetes is controlled.

How much shud be the dose of Thorazine & Reglan (metoclopramide) to treat hiccups. How long should I be taking them if the hiccups dont stop. Diabetes is controlled.

2 to 3 days: Thorazine (chlorpromazine) - 25-50 mg every 6-8hr; if hiccups persist after 2-3 days of oral therapy, see your doctor for possible intramuscular or slow intravenous Thorazine (chlorpromazine). Reglan 10 mg every 6 - 8 hours ...Read more

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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more