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Akathisia, has anyone experieced (read if you've taken any antipsychotics)

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May 25th, 2014, 07:42 AM
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Alot of antipsychotics can cause this. I just realized, after having horrible agonizing anxiety that made me feel like I was going to die if I had to deal with it another second. Feels like you can't sit still but when you get up and pace, you want to sit down. You want to leave the house to get out of the house, but then when you do you want to drive back. It's just this awful feeling that is hard to describe but sort of like you are always at the top of the roller coaster with a lump in your stomach, but in this state non stop, with no relief. It's been an awful several days but now that I googled my risperdal and akathisia, I'm sure this is what is going on. I've had this same reaction to welbutrin and abilify. I'm not sure why it took me so long to recognize what was going on. Here's a few links if you want to read on this.

Akathisia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Drugs that cause akathisia

I'm calling my doctor on Tuesday about this. Would call sooner but it's a holiday weekend. I'm still feeling restless today but not quite as bad as yesterday.

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May 25th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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I'm glad the feeling is going away some. Good luck on Tuesday!

I had that reaction with Abilify but with extra stuff on top of it. I don't normally act as my own doctor but I could tell it was the med causing it so I stopped taking it. It went away after I stopped the med. Glad the Pdoc was okay with me stopping it on my own.
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June 5th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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How are you feeling by now?

I had Akathisia when I first started taking Abilify...for me though it was mostly the facial twitches that were the worst although I did deal with not being able to sit still. Fortunately it went away after I adjusted to the Abilify and I still take it to this day almost 10 years later. I completely understand the horrible feeling and sure hope you are feeling better by now!
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June 6th, 2014, 09:02 AM
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I'm feeling better with that. I get the facial twitches from my lithium, and other twitches and tremors. But, I don't think that I had that with the risperdal. The feeling was maddening or I would have stayed on it. The not being able to sit still is just so agonizingly uncomfortable to me. I can't deal with that feeling. Plus, it was making me have severe anxiety that never stopped.

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