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Does melatonin worsen akathesia?


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I just read on a blog for akathesia about possible worsening because of taking melatonin. Or stopping melatonin abruptly. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

  • 5-28-20 given cymbalta. Had bad reaction. Stopped immediately. 
  • 6-20-20 stopped vicodin after 5 years. Suffered akathesia. 
  • 7-20-20 to 11-13-20 mirtazapine. On 7.5 tapered for 8 weeks  jumped off at 1.5
  • 11/20 to Feb 3. .25 klonopin, tapered 4 weeks. Jumped off at .0935
  • present - med free. Still suffering from akathesia, insomnia,depression and anxiety
  • melatonin 1mg. Magnesium 400mg daily
  • Vicodin one week. Stopped 12-5-21
  • temezapam prn 
  • sonata sleeping pill. Prn 
  • tried kratom for one week
  • 1-15-22 - symptoms - visual issues, dizziness, severe brain fog, suicidal ideations
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Hello @Shellbell-  my experience has been yes it does.  I’ve been in WD for about 1 year now. In didn’t recognize that many of my symptoms were low level Akathisia that in was dealing with. Back in May i decided to stop taking melatonin but i didn’t want to just stop the .3mg at once. So i cut my dose in half.  Well since that time, I’m more sure i have aka and it’s been rough.  I did reinstate the melatonin and I’m on .28 mg.   I’m tapering off very slowly over the next months to Try to avoid further aka symptoms.  The worst part about this is i now realize it’s probably been contributing to me aka this entire time. I have a very clear pattern each night when I take it. 
 

melatonin acts on D2 receptors and does lower the dopamine levels.   I’m not implying the average person needs to be concerned but anyone in aka works be wise to be careful using it and coming off considering D2 receptors are a pain possible concern with aka.  I’m not alone in the support group I’m part of in terms of this experience with aka.  There are at least 6 others I’ve found and many more that say melatonin made then worse. I wish this wasn’t the case because it’s set me way back but at least not i know how to manage it moving forward. 
 

good luck!
 

 

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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@Fightinghard

 

I have been taking 1mg every night. Is this something I have to taper off then?

if I don't take melatonin I don't sleep so I don't know what else to do?

  • 5-28-20 given cymbalta. Had bad reaction. Stopped immediately. 
  • 6-20-20 stopped vicodin after 5 years. Suffered akathesia. 
  • 7-20-20 to 11-13-20 mirtazapine. On 7.5 tapered for 8 weeks  jumped off at 1.5
  • 11/20 to Feb 3. .25 klonopin, tapered 4 weeks. Jumped off at .0935
  • present - med free. Still suffering from akathesia, insomnia,depression and anxiety
  • melatonin 1mg. Magnesium 400mg daily
  • Vicodin one week. Stopped 12-5-21
  • temezapam prn 
  • sonata sleeping pill. Prn 
  • tried kratom for one week
  • 1-15-22 - symptoms - visual issues, dizziness, severe brain fog, suicidal ideations
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@Shellbell one more thing, I’m not saying this is happening to you. Its very rare but can happen. Just be careful if you decide to stop it and go slow and see how you react. For me being on it i think it may have added to my symptoms over time. 

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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@Shellbell I just saw your answer… I’m not saying to stop it. .  There are people that take it with aka and seem ok. Just be aware of it as you go.  I’ve decided to come off because i was sleeping ok. Then when I reacted to it i figured i better slowly come off because it’s obviously doing something.   

2003-2006-  Zoloft then Wellbutrin, Ritalin, concerta , Adderall.  Don’t remember dosage, tapers or timeframes. ADD treatment. I think I had some WD?  Definitely PSSD which resolved over time. 

Zoloft  100 MG April18-april 22, 2020

Buspirone 20 mg from April 18-May 18

10 mg from May 18 - May 27 2020

Lexapro 5 mg from April 22 through May 1st

10 mg from May 1 through June 1

5 mg from June 1 though june 18

2.5 mg from June 18 through June 25

1.25 mg from June 25 through July 4 2020

Ambien -  2.5 mg  April 21 and 26 2020

Trazodone 50 mg-  3 times late April and 4 days the first week in June 2020

Supplements:  Melatonin .23 mg

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