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AP Akathisia ... does it go away?? Amant. helpful?

Posted by cache-monkey on July 15, 2005, at 13:42:05

Hey all,

I've been running through the various atypical APs. Mostly for anxiety/depression and to avoid the hypomania that happened the last time I went on an AD without a moodstabilizer. I seem to be having the same problem with the three APs that I've tried (Seroquel, Zyprexa, and now Geodon). Namely, akathisia: restlessness/jitteriness, increased agitation, bouncy legs.

I understand that this is a somewhat common side effect of the APs. What I'm wondering is: will it resolve on its own at some point? Or should I expect it to more or less be present until I reduce my dose or stop the med completely?

Also, my pdoc prescribed amantadine as a possible way of reducing it (and to help with quitting smoking). Has anyone tried this/found it to be helpful with akathisia?





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