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Re: Akathisia? Restless Leg Syndrome? Need Some Advice Lamdage22

Posted by SLS on June 30, 2015, at 20:41:38

In reply to Re: Akathisia? Restless Leg Syndrome? Need Some Advice, posted by Lamdage22 on June 30, 2015, at 15:00:16

> It is certainly not b*llsh*t that akathisia can be permanent after discontinuation of your meds.

Yes. This is called TARDIVE akathisia (as opposed to acute akathisia). It is sometimes irreversible. It emerges only after taking an antipsychotic for an extended period of time. It occurs infrequently with the use of older antipsychotics and rarely with the newer ones. I don't think there are any statistics regarding this. Of the newer drugs, my guess is that Abilify has the greatest potential to produce acute (immediate) reversible akathisia, although Clozaril might also be liable. A lot of people experience mild akathisia-like symptoms when beginnng treatment with Abilify. By contrast, I found only two cases of what is described as tardive akathisia with Abilify on Medline.


I think the term "akathisia" is overused. It is often mistaken for anxiety and agitation. The symptoms that best discriminated akathisia from non-akathisia are:

- rapid shifting weight from foot to foot while standing
- walking in place
- inability to keep legs still
- feelings of inner restlessness
- shifting of body position in a chair.
- rocking forwards and backwords in a chair


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Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw




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