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Re: AP Akathisia ... does it go away?? Amant. help

Posted by cache-monkey on July 23, 2005, at 16:36:45

In reply to Re: AP Akathisia ... does it go away?? Amant. help cache-monkey, posted by Chairman_MAO on July 21, 2005, at 15:53:47

Sounds like your pdoc is willing to go further off-label than mine... I tried to get mine to RX bromocriptine, since it has fairly strong D2 agonism. There are also a few small studies that show it's potential benefit with quitting smoking. But, my doc insisted on AMT. It made me feel even crazier. Rushing, unfocussed thoughts. On top of agitated bounciness. Not fun.

Now I'm down to lithium and Klonopin. And I think that even the Li is agitating me some... This whole process of finding the right meds sucks. You know it's bad when you wish you just had basic plain-vanilla depression.

~cache-monkey

> Amantadine will work, but it makes a lot of people feel "loopy". My DA agonist of choice is cabergoline (once daily dosing and superb side effect profile); any D2 agonist should work for akathesia, though.
>
> It's good that your doctor brought up amantadine, though, as the other commonly prescribed [anticholinergic] drugs for akathesia (trihexyphenidyl and benztropine) induce a mild dementia in many people.


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