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Can akathisia return after offending drug stopped?

Posted by nickm on October 24, 2003, at 16:40:22

In reply to Re: Mirapex--RLS vs. Akathisia? (help!), posted by disney4 on April 28, 2003, at 10:27:54

I read in some posts from April, that akathisia and restless legs syndromes could be caused by prozac, effexor, etc., and the person that posted also felt that mirapex .25 mg had begun aggravating the situation.

My wife got akathisia, dysthonia, and EPS from Prozac/Zyprexa in February - May, 2003. Discontinuation of the drugs stopped the involuntary movements.

In August she took Wellbutrin and Abilify, and stopped Wellbutrin in September, but continued taking Abilify, 7.5 mg, until October 12 but the movements were still going on as of October 20th. The last doctor had increased her dose of Klonopin to 4 -5 mg per day, but the Klonopin effect kept lasting less and less.

On October 20 a new doctor had her try Benadryl, 100 mg, at bedtime, for she also had insomnia (plus lack of appetite). On October 21, the involuntary movements stopped. She only took 0.5 mg of Klonopin at bedtime.

On October 22nd she had the akathisia return twice during the morning, and afternoon. She needed 0.5 mg of Klonopin on both instances. On the 23rd, the same thing happened. And today, October 24th, she has had three episodes in spite of the Benadryl, and has had to take 0.5 mg of Klonopin three times.

Does anybody know if the akathisia can last as much as 12 days (or more) after stopping the potentially offending drug (Abilify)?

Do the symptoms of akathisia return even while taking an anti-cholinergic like Benadryl, and while not taking any SSRIs (The new doctor took her off Serzone on October 20th to detox, and see how it went until the 27th when she sees him again to then re-evaluate treatments).

Anybody with info on this, please help! We get more confused by the day.






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