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Old 08-19-2008, 11:13 PM   #1
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Akathisia

I'm on Geodon and for the past 6 months I have been experiencing akathisia (feeling of restlessness, jumping out of my skin, can't sit still, no relief). Finally I did some research on the internet and read where someone suggested halving the doseage of Geodon to get rid of the akathisia. I tried this and IT WORKED Thank God. Of course I consulted with my pdoc first and he ok'd my reduction. Luckily, I haven't had an episode for 6 months and feel like I've plateaued to a point where I can reduce my anti-psychotic. I'm also on Lamictyl and it seems to me a good drug/combo with the Geodon.

I wouldn't wish akathisia on my worst enemy. It's truly a horrifying, debilitating and miserable experience. Be thankful if you've never experienced it. But if you do, consult your pdoc and see if you can half your Geodon/anti-psychotic meds.

 
Old 08-20-2008, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: Akathisia

Hi,

I sympathize and am glad the doseage reduction worked.

I am so hyper-active that it drives me nuts. I'm on Lamictal and Wellbutrin, both of which can have that side-effect, but I was uncomfortably speeding around (alternating with periods of being a stone) before the meds. I have an ED, and hyperactivity is one symptom of it.

It's just awful, you're right. Sometimes I almost cry because I can't sit still long enough to even read one article in the newspaper.

I wouldn't mind having this energy level if I had a choice. It's the fact that I don't that get to me.

Didn't mean to go into my own stuff, sorry. Guess it was just good to hear that someone had been driven by this and would understand.

Seaturtle

 
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