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Akathisia yesac

Posted by ed_uk on November 15, 2005, at 15:09:31

In reply to akasthesia, posted by yesac on November 15, 2005, at 11:00:43

Hi Yesac,

I'm glad you were careful with the dose! Akathisia gets much worse as you increase the dose.

>Well, I seem to have developed akathesia on only 3mgs of Haldol.

Akathisia tends to occur when the dose is too high. 3mg isn't that low, haloperidol is very potent. You can adjust the dose is steps of 0.5mg.

Two options.......

1. If haloperidol was helping: reduce the dose until the akathisia disappears.

Do you think you were benefitting from the haloperidol at all?

2. If haloperidol was not helping: try something else instead.

Avoid the temptation to medicate the akathisia eg. with benzos. Akathisia is usually best treated by reducing the dose or switching to an alternative medication.

Kind regards





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