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Hi 

 

My Akathisia would go in a similar pattern each time I tried to come off and finally when I did. 

 

It would start similar to how you describe as well. It would usually last 2 weeks then a week off then a bit shorter then a bit longer window and so on. At one point it went for 6months then came back, then went for a year and came back. So it would switch round and eventually went. It was a scary time but once you saw the windows improve I felt a bit better. Although it was always hard to convince myself when it started again.

 

I went through this process 3 times due to getting off then back on, failed attempt to come and when I finally got off it was over a 4-5 month instead of a year or so.

 

I hope this helps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2007 -  Seroxat 20mg

August 2008 - Cold Turkey

August 2009 - Cold Turkey

November 2009 - Reinstatement adverse reaction akathesia/suicidal/anxiety

March 2011 - Start taper

November 2012 - Crash badly at 1.25mg akathesia/suicidal/extreme anxiety

January 2013 - 5mg Seroxat, 300mg  Lyrica

April 2017 - Successfully get off Seroxat with taper followed by 4 month of withdrawal 

January 2018 - Start with constant urinary urge/pain/burning/genital sensations 2 week after anxiety/akathesia ends

January 2019 - Started reducing Lyrica as I suspect it's causing frequent urination, tinnitus, fatigue, brain fog and mental decline.

December 2019 - Off all pysch meds

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Super useful, thank you Boris!

5/24 - Started .5mg - 1 Klonopin as needed - 7/20 - Started Lexapro 5mg (still on Klonopin) - 7/27 - Lexapro 10mg - 8/5 - Started tapering Klonopin stabilizing on a daily dose of .25mg - 8/17 - Jumped at .065 (fast taper... but it seemed to work)

8/17 - Lexapro to 9mg (time to get rid of the next drug..) - 8/29 - Lexapro to 6.5mg from 9mg (probably too fast but I had only been on Lexapro for a month so I felt like I could get away with it), 9/8-9/13 - Had alcohol all week sporadically (1 to 2 drinks) because I was feeling so much better. I tested with 1 drink, got away with it, and just kind of got excited.. ugh 

9/13 - Lexapro was down to 2.78mg (so 8/29-9/13 6.5 to 2.78mg) way too fast I know. 9/14 - Had a dentist appointment, received probably Lidocaine - Had mild anxiety in the afternoon after Novocaine wore off - 9/15 - Feels like I'm starting back into acute benzo withdrawal, 9/16 - Definitely very back into acute something, feels like Benzo withdrawal with severe burning sensation on skin, doing laps around the house. 

9/17 - Updosed Lexapro to 3.9mg 

9/19 - Updosed Lexapro more to 4.46mg

9/21-9/22 - reinstated Klonopin for 2 days .03125 mg 

9/26-10/16 - reinstated Klonopin again .03125 mg-.046875mg 

9/29-12/1 - reinstated Klonopin again - 03215mg-.065mg Klonopin

12/1 - 0 Klonopin

3/2 - .67mg Lexapro - Having a terrible month

3/12 - 0 Lexapro - advised it may actually be causing adverse side effects

 

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A member posted this in their Introduction topic.  Please note that I am not suggesting that this is the answer.  Just something that one of SA's members experienced that I thought would get to have documented in this topic.

 

1 hour ago, Alice1 said:

When I recovered the first time from Aka I remember not doing anything in particular to help.  The first 3 years I walked and meditated everyday, I had a counselor, and did everything possible to try to get better.  I really didn’t start getting better until I just forgot about all that stuff and started focusing on normal things.  If you ask me, I think just time and drug abstinence are the only things required. Then once you start feeling better even just a little bit, it’s important to just start living your life, smart and carefully of course.  

 

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46 minutes ago, Lloyd said:

 

I survived Akathisia!!!! Of all the horrible things this was by far the worst part of withdrawal - the experience was truly the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Words can't describe how horrible it is to live with it 24x7. It eased up suddenly early this year quite dramatically and then vanished. Occasionally I feel fidgety but that seems to be anxiety more than anything else. I have no idea why it suddenly stopped - nothing changed, diet, medications, environment etc. But either way I am thankful that it has.

 

 

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I had restless legs a week ago in the evenings
About 5-7 hours after administration
The day before yesterday, 23 days after the last cut, a very severe wave began
There is a great deal of anxiety and nausea. The pulse is very fast and high blood pressure
Strange, like restless legs precede the wave

Xanax 0,5mg           1999-2019  a Xanax 0,5mg  a few times a month, if necessary

Cymbalta 30mg      2012-25.04.2018  tapering for 2-3 months,severe symptoms 1 week after the last dose

Amitriptyline  25mg   25.05.18-20.01.19 ,tapering in 2-3 months, insomnia, panic-anxiety, confusion, nausea

Valdoxan 25mg  10.02.19-10.03.19, did not stabilize the situation, Lorazepam  10.02.19-20.02.19  if necessary overnight 

Brintellix 5mg     10.03.19-30.06.19 ,did not stabilize the situation,  fears, confusion and insomnia, I was in the hospital for 1 week 

Olanzapine 5mg   01.03.19-02.08.19,to relieve insomnia, confusion increases, depression increases, severe akathisia occurs

Cymbalta 30mg 30.06.19-01.08.19,no longer works, the situation does not stabilize, again in the hospital for 2 weeks

Levomepromazine 5mg  03.08.19-20.12.19  helped sleep but increased confusion and depression

Anafranil 03.08.19-15.12.19   dose 75mg

  15.12.19-  tapering     every 3-4 weeks    17.05.20  was the dose  35mg , 01.01.21  was the dose 27mg     On 16.07.21 the daily dose was 19 mg     01.06.22  the daily dose of 11mg  I can make dose reductions less often, about every 6-8 weeks

 

                 

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On 2/16/2021 at 9:22 PM, shambambo said:

 All of a sudden  I started to feel inner vibrations in both my legs. I thought my legs had their blood supplies cut off, never thought of akathisia, never heard of it before. 2-3 days later it was all over with a feeling of immense and persisting fear I never experienced before. I felt it EVERYWHERE, even in my eyelids.

 

 

I've never related to a post more. It's an odd sensation to be overly aware of your eyelids. Question for other members who have more knowledge that I-when I get akathisia, it really throws my balance, like i have a bobble head or my body doesn't know where it is in space. 

 

Does that make sense or is that a separate symptom?

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13 hours ago, UnusualRoom said:

I've never related to a post more. It's an odd sensation to be overly aware of your eyelids. Question for other members who have more knowledge that I-when I get akathisia, it really throws my balance, like i have a bobble head or my body doesn't know where it is in space. 

 

Does that make sense or is that a separate symptom?

 

Hi again UR, as I just gave you a link here from your Introduction.

I definitely can relate to having had the "bobble head" symptom.

And no, I did not consider that to be akathisia at all.

Mine occurred shortly after taking magnesium citrate orally/by mouth when I was in acute WD.

 

That out of space feeling, could be WD symptom of DP/DR(depersonalization, derealization), or secondary to your benzo too.  I know with my own brief experience on benzo's I really did feel out of it, in that kind of way.

I also got the symptom of feeling out of space in early WD too and then off and on later.

 

Derealization or Depersonalization(DR and DP)

Here's that topic ^. 

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Hi, since january i have had constant tightness and restlessness in my chest. It never goes away and makes it Impossible to relax properly.
 

Have tried meditation and breathing techniques, but they just dont work.

 

I am starting to get really tired because my chest never will relax. I can never just sink back in the couch or lay down in my bed.

 

My sleep is messed up because of this! 

 

I also have this diffuse anxious and scared feeling all the time, and i dont know why! Its constant, and i just want to relax. Feels like i am constantly on the verge of panick. 
 

Sometimes i get this burning pain in my chest and the restlessness gets way worse!

 

My breathing is also troubling me. 


I sometimes get the restlessness in my legs, but this constant in my chest is the worst, and the diffuse scared feeling.

 

Its been four months off this, is it even possible to recover?


I have waves that come roughly every three weeks like clockwork. The Windows always stay the same though. I never get any better.

June-July -21 Zyprexa 2.5-7.5 mg 

July -21 Mianserin 20 mg four days

July-Aug -21 Valium 30 mg a day, tapred, return of symptoms 

Aug-Oct -21 Oxazepam Tapred from 10 mg x 3 to zero

Dec-Jan -21/22 On and off mirtazapine 15 mg. Kindling reaction?

March 8.-19. - Zopiclone 7.5 mg to combat insomnia 

March 20 - 5 mg valium because of akathisia and panic 

April 3. - 5 mg x 2

 

 
 

 

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8 minutes ago, Sofa said:

Hi, since january i have had constant tightness and restlessness in my chest. It never goes away and makes it Impossible to relax properly.
 

Have tried meditation and breathing techniques, but they just dont work.

 

I am starting to get really tired because my chest never will relax. I can never just sink back in the couch or lay down in my bed.

 

My sleep is messed up because of this! 

 

I also have this diffuse anxious and scared feeling all the time, and i dont know why! Its constant, and i just want to relax. Feels like i am constantly on the verge of panick. 
 

Sometimes i get this burning pain in my chest and the restlessness gets way worse!

 

My breathing is also troubling me. 


I sometimes get the restlessness in my legs, but this constant in my chest is the worst, and the diffuse scared feeling.

 

Its been four months off this, is it even possible to recover?


I have waves that come roughly every three weeks like clockwork. The Windows always stay the same though. I never get any better.

I sometimes have akathisia and discover that a small dose of Betaloc (half a tablet of Metropolol) went to bed the next day took akathisia.
In case of akathisia, I have had very disturbing weakness in my legs and arms with great unrest

However, these symptoms will not go away, even if you have had them for a long time

Xanax 0,5mg           1999-2019  a Xanax 0,5mg  a few times a month, if necessary

Cymbalta 30mg      2012-25.04.2018  tapering for 2-3 months,severe symptoms 1 week after the last dose

Amitriptyline  25mg   25.05.18-20.01.19 ,tapering in 2-3 months, insomnia, panic-anxiety, confusion, nausea

Valdoxan 25mg  10.02.19-10.03.19, did not stabilize the situation, Lorazepam  10.02.19-20.02.19  if necessary overnight 

Brintellix 5mg     10.03.19-30.06.19 ,did not stabilize the situation,  fears, confusion and insomnia, I was in the hospital for 1 week 

Olanzapine 5mg   01.03.19-02.08.19,to relieve insomnia, confusion increases, depression increases, severe akathisia occurs

Cymbalta 30mg 30.06.19-01.08.19,no longer works, the situation does not stabilize, again in the hospital for 2 weeks

Levomepromazine 5mg  03.08.19-20.12.19  helped sleep but increased confusion and depression

Anafranil 03.08.19-15.12.19   dose 75mg

  15.12.19-  tapering     every 3-4 weeks    17.05.20  was the dose  35mg , 01.01.21  was the dose 27mg     On 16.07.21 the daily dose was 19 mg     01.06.22  the daily dose of 11mg  I can make dose reductions less often, about every 6-8 weeks

 

                 

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However, these symptoms will not go away, even if you have had them for a long time

You mean they will never go away? I will have akathisa forever?

June-July -21 Zyprexa 2.5-7.5 mg 

July -21 Mianserin 20 mg four days

July-Aug -21 Valium 30 mg a day, tapred, return of symptoms 

Aug-Oct -21 Oxazepam Tapred from 10 mg x 3 to zero

Dec-Jan -21/22 On and off mirtazapine 15 mg. Kindling reaction?

March 8.-19. - Zopiclone 7.5 mg to combat insomnia 

March 20 - 5 mg valium because of akathisia and panic 

April 3. - 5 mg x 2

 

 
 

 

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40 minutes ago, Sofa said:

You mean they will never go away? I will have akathisa forever?

 

40 minutes ago, Sofa said:

 

 

40 minutes ago, Sofa said:

 

I have been reducing my antidepressant for 2.5 years.
At first it lasted longer and then I reduced my dose too quickly.
At present, agitation usually occurs after dose reduction
However, for a while it passes or changes with periods of fatigue.
But this is due to the reduction of the antidepressant
If it is no longer necessary to do this, the agitation will eventually disappear

Xanax 0,5mg           1999-2019  a Xanax 0,5mg  a few times a month, if necessary

Cymbalta 30mg      2012-25.04.2018  tapering for 2-3 months,severe symptoms 1 week after the last dose

Amitriptyline  25mg   25.05.18-20.01.19 ,tapering in 2-3 months, insomnia, panic-anxiety, confusion, nausea

Valdoxan 25mg  10.02.19-10.03.19, did not stabilize the situation, Lorazepam  10.02.19-20.02.19  if necessary overnight 

Brintellix 5mg     10.03.19-30.06.19 ,did not stabilize the situation,  fears, confusion and insomnia, I was in the hospital for 1 week 

Olanzapine 5mg   01.03.19-02.08.19,to relieve insomnia, confusion increases, depression increases, severe akathisia occurs

Cymbalta 30mg 30.06.19-01.08.19,no longer works, the situation does not stabilize, again in the hospital for 2 weeks

Levomepromazine 5mg  03.08.19-20.12.19  helped sleep but increased confusion and depression

Anafranil 03.08.19-15.12.19   dose 75mg

  15.12.19-  tapering     every 3-4 weeks    17.05.20  was the dose  35mg , 01.01.21  was the dose 27mg     On 16.07.21 the daily dose was 19 mg     01.06.22  the daily dose of 11mg  I can make dose reductions less often, about every 6-8 weeks

 

                 

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Estman,

 

My B12 and folate levels were measured in different units. One of my levels of B12 was 132pg/mL. My folate was 6.1 ng/mL. (Bottom of range). I can’t compare your levels to mine. Do  your test results show you are above or below range?

 

A caution about beta-blockers. I have a friend who went many years on psych drugs. She managed to get off them. This winter she got very sick with COVID and it brought back a lot of symptoms. She gave into taking a beta-blocker. Once she wanted off the beta-blocker, she started tapering and is having a terrible time. The point is, some people experience withdrawal syndrome after short-term use of beta-blockers. That said, I understand your need to mitigate the agitation. I think stopping the B vitamins, especially the methyl-folate will help. 
 

Grace

amitriptyline from 1980-2002, along wi/ intermittent, infrequent use of benzos over 2 decades

2002-2010 Klonopin 1-2 mg., ambien 10--20, mg, remeron 4 mg. and  trileptal 300 mg

2011 Stopped ambien and crossed over to valium 17.5 mg. (updosing 2.5 mg. to cover ambien C/T ) tapered valium w/ long holds to 12.74 mg.

2015-present  tapered from 300 mg. trileptal to 103 mg.;  12.74 valium,  4 mg. remeron

 

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On 4/26/2022 at 7:44 PM, savinggrace said:

Estman,

 

My B12 and folate levels were measured in different units. One of my levels of B12 was 132pg/mL. My folate was 6.1 ng/mL. (Bottom of range). I can’t compare your levels to mine. Do  your test results show you are above or below range?

 

A caution about beta-blockers. I have a friend who went many years on psych drugs. She managed to get off them. This winter she got very sick with COVID and it brought back a lot of symptoms. She gave into taking a beta-blocker. Once she wanted off the beta-blocker, she started tapering and is having a terrible time. The point is, some people experience withdrawal syndrome after short-term use of beta-blockers. That said, I understand your need to mitigate the agitation. I think stopping the B vitamins, especially the methyl-folate will help. 
 

Grace

Hi Grace,

When I had akathisia 3-4 days ago, I took half a tablet of Betaloc (metropolol) in the evening
Interestingly, the next day it relieved the symptoms of akathisia such as restlessness and especially weakness in the legs and arms.
Then I thought B12 and folic acid must have caused this akathisia
Now I remembered that the day before Akathisia, I took half a tablet of Telmisartan (a micardist) to lower my high blood pressure.
I didn't know the connection, but when I read my new blood pressure medicine leaflet, I started thinking
Your doctor has prescribed Prenessa (Perindopril) for testing, but this leaflet says that it may cause weakness in your hands and feet.
This is exactly the symptom I had with Telmisartan. I also felt great akathisia and anxiety.
For some reason, my blood pressure medicine caused me to have a fast pulse, even the next day
That's why for some reason I took another half of Betaloc (Metropolol) yesterday morning.
However, my depression has increased since yesterday afternoon.
I have a feeling that a beta blocker causes an increase in depression
And it seems that the blood pressure medicine Telmisartan can cause akathisia.
Could that be the case?
I have to lower my blood pressure if I have a severe headache, like a migraine. Often my blood pressure rises
There is a characteristic headache, especially in the neck.
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Xanax 0,5mg           1999-2019  a Xanax 0,5mg  a few times a month, if necessary

Cymbalta 30mg      2012-25.04.2018  tapering for 2-3 months,severe symptoms 1 week after the last dose

Amitriptyline  25mg   25.05.18-20.01.19 ,tapering in 2-3 months, insomnia, panic-anxiety, confusion, nausea

Valdoxan 25mg  10.02.19-10.03.19, did not stabilize the situation, Lorazepam  10.02.19-20.02.19  if necessary overnight 

Brintellix 5mg     10.03.19-30.06.19 ,did not stabilize the situation,  fears, confusion and insomnia, I was in the hospital for 1 week 

Olanzapine 5mg   01.03.19-02.08.19,to relieve insomnia, confusion increases, depression increases, severe akathisia occurs

Cymbalta 30mg 30.06.19-01.08.19,no longer works, the situation does not stabilize, again in the hospital for 2 weeks

Levomepromazine 5mg  03.08.19-20.12.19  helped sleep but increased confusion and depression

Anafranil 03.08.19-15.12.19   dose 75mg

  15.12.19-  tapering     every 3-4 weeks    17.05.20  was the dose  35mg , 01.01.21  was the dose 27mg     On 16.07.21 the daily dose was 19 mg     01.06.22  the daily dose of 11mg  I can make dose reductions less often, about every 6-8 weeks

 

                 

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Estman

 

My best advice to you would be not to try and manage all of your symptoms with a pill or a supplement.  Try to go "through it" instead of around it.  When there are too many variables (1/2 tablet of this, some of that....) you really don't know what is causing what.  Often just letting your brain settle down will calm things like akathisia.  But you have to be patient and wait.  Often times, meds and supplements can cause high blood pressure.   The instability caused by the stress of so much change will not help.  Try looking for natural (non-pill or supplement) ways to ease your symptoms.  Be careful with your diet, get some gentle exercise, try to avoid avoidable stress, and sleep when you can.  Accepting that you aren't going to get a normal night's sleep is probably best.  The thing is when you take these temporary remedies, your body reacts to them when they leave your body and wants more.  This causes a viscous cycle that makes tapering so much more difficult.

 

I use heat, ice, distraction, exercise (gentle), prayers, meditation as my only remedies.  I have a lot of chronic pain 24/7 and gut problems and insomnia as well.  I never take anything but these darn drugs I haven't been able to get off.  Even "natural" supplements and foods interact with the blood levels of your medicine and destabilize you.  There is no remedy for withdrawal except time.

 

Grace

amitriptyline from 1980-2002, along wi/ intermittent, infrequent use of benzos over 2 decades

2002-2010 Klonopin 1-2 mg., ambien 10--20, mg, remeron 4 mg. and  trileptal 300 mg

2011 Stopped ambien and crossed over to valium 17.5 mg. (updosing 2.5 mg. to cover ambien C/T ) tapered valium w/ long holds to 12.74 mg.

2015-present  tapered from 300 mg. trileptal to 103 mg.;  12.74 valium,  4 mg. remeron

 

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Vit B6 and akathisia:

https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/01/vitamin-b6-effective-reducing-antipsychotic-induced-akathisia/

I wonder why noone has found this so far... 

Ad's since 2016 (I was 16 then...) (Escitalopram) 

Nov 2018 switch to venlafaxin 150mg

Nov 2019 to march 2020 tapered by 37,5mg to cero. (breakdown, minor w/d symptoms for a few days only panic attacks followed by deep depression came a month later duo to stress). 

Reinstated venla 150mg in Juli 2020.

Nov 2020 to April 2021 tapering by 15mg every month or so until I reached approximately 50 mg(no w/d symptoms) 

Since April 2021 tapered once by 5% and once by 10% of the last dose because I'm not stable enough for w/d. 

Current dose 50mg venlafaxin

No other medication. 

No supplements

Stopped smoking 29.12.2021

No alcohol 

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When I had akathisia I found it helpful to wear compression garments, for example exercise clothing (athleisure) with compression effect.

It felt comforting and helped calm me down. 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 

August 1, 2022 - 1 mg melatonin

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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On 6/28/2022 at 10:11 AM, Ariel said:

When I had akathisia I found it helpful to wear compression garments, for example exercise clothing (athleisure) with compression effect.

It felt comforting and helped calm me down. 

@Ariel, could you tell me if I really have akathisia?
In bad days my body cannot calm down. I feel resteless and I can't function, I just cry. 
I have a sense of discomfort. I keep moving my legs and feets. Suicidal ideation happens at times, mostly in the afternoom. I became agressive and incapable to work and do daily tasks. Tks

Past meds:

  • 2013-2019 = 100mg Quetiapine
  • mar20 - aug20 = 50mg Quetiapine
  • aug20 - jun21 = 25mg Quetiapine + 5mg melatonin
  • jun21 - aug21 = 12,5mg Quetiapine + 5mg melatonin
  • aug21 = 6,25mg Quetiapine + 5mg melatonin
  • sep21 - oct21 =  5mg melatonin
  • oct21 - dec21 = 0,5mg Clonazepam + 5mg melatonin 
  • 25th dec 21 - 5th jan 22 = 5mg melatonin  
  • 5th jan 22 - 17th jan 22 = 0,3mg Clonazepam + 5mg melatonin + 12mg CBD full spectrum
  • 17th jan 22 - 19th fev 22 = 0,2mg Clonazepam + 5mg melatonin 
  • 19th fev 22 - 25th fev 22 = 12,5mg Quetiapine

Current meds:

  • 01st mar 22 = 50mg Pregablin (Lyrica) 
  •  50mg Pregablin = 30 mg 10:30 PM + 12,5mg 10:30 AM + 7,5 mg 5:00 AM
  • 23 mar = 6,25mg Quetiapine  /  31 mar = 5,0 mg / 11 apr - until now = 4,0 mg at 04:30AM
  • (Between 15 may - 20 may) 0,5 mg Quetiapine 03:30 AM 
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On 7/6/2022 at 2:46 AM, Valerio said:

@Ariel, could you tell me if I really have akathisia?
In bad days my body cannot calm down. I feel resteless and I can't function, I just cry. 
I have a sense of discomfort. I keep moving my legs and feets. Suicidal ideation happens at times, mostly in the afternoom. I became agressive and incapable to work and do daily tasks. Tks

Yes sounds like akathisia to me... It's very likely a dopamine issue. I have heard vit b6 and niacin can help. 

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Ad's since 2016 (I was 16 then...) (Escitalopram) 

Nov 2018 switch to venlafaxin 150mg

Nov 2019 to march 2020 tapered by 37,5mg to cero. (breakdown, minor w/d symptoms for a few days only panic attacks followed by deep depression came a month later duo to stress). 

Reinstated venla 150mg in Juli 2020.

Nov 2020 to April 2021 tapering by 15mg every month or so until I reached approximately 50 mg(no w/d symptoms) 

Since April 2021 tapered once by 5% and once by 10% of the last dose because I'm not stable enough for w/d. 

Current dose 50mg venlafaxin

No other medication. 

No supplements

Stopped smoking 29.12.2021

No alcohol 

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Has anyone tried an antihistamine or anti inflammatory diet to help?

2000-2018 150-200mg Sertraline and Vyvanse

2018- vyvanse 60mg to 50mg to 40mg to 30mg to 20mg to 10mg. After vyvanse taper I did 200mg Sertraline to 150mg

2019- 150mg Sertraline to 100mg

Early 2021- 100mg to 87.5 

two weeks later 87.5 to 75mg

spot taking 1.25-4mg bromazepam (lexomil) as needed (one three week period of 4mg a day spread throughout day, other than that it was 1.25mg during panic attack)

Mid 2021 - slow taper 2.5%-5% from 75mg to 50mg 

Feb 2022 last 2.5% cut to 50mg, holding here

March 2022 spot taking lexomil for vestibular migraine 1.25mg to 3mg 2x/wk for 3 wks 

May 9th 2022 started Propranolol, 10mg in the morning and 10mg in the evening

July 2022- no more propranolol 

Current supplements and drugs: 350mg of magnesium biglycinate at lunch, progesterone only birth control at breakfast, 50mg Sertraline 1x per day at breakfast

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