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by Tom
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Special Populations: Pediatric, Pregnancy, Secondary, etc.
Topic: restless legs caused by mental health medications
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: restless legs caused by mental health medications

My wife has restless legs caused by anti-psychotics. .... Her Olanzapine was then tapered slowly to 10mg & the Clonazepam was tapered to 1.5 mg per day. Her problems are totally gone now. ... Tom, thanks for the follow-up. It is great to hear your wife's suffering has improved. Have the medicat...
by Tom
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Special Populations: Pediatric, Pregnancy, Secondary, etc.
Topic: restless legs caused by mental health medications
Replies: 5
Views: 1759

Re: restless legs caused by mental health medications

My wife has restless legs caused by anti-psychotics. It was very bad when she was on 20mg Olanzapine(Zyprexa) + 50 mg Clozapine + 1.5mg Haldol. She had to stop the Haldol & also she had to take 2 mg Clonazepam(Klonopin) per day which reduced the RLS to 10-15 minutes a day. Her Olanzapine was the...
by Tom
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: RLS because of anti-psychotics
Replies: 11
Views: 350

Re: RLS because of anti-psychotics

I think you should ask the psychiatrist about another drug to treat schizophrenia, making sure it does not have antihistamine or dopamine blocking properties. All anti-psychotics for treating schizo are dopamine blockers. That's how schizo is treated. That's why all anti-psychotics have a possibili...
by Tom
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: RLS because of anti-psychotics
Replies: 11
Views: 350

Re: RLS because of anti-psychotics

Perhaps the simplest way to tell for sure if the psychiatrist isn't sure, is to prescribe a short course of pramipexole, 0.125 mg in the evening and see if the symptoms improve. There isn't much else that will get better with pramipexole other than RLS. Is pramipexole something which cures it or do...
by Tom
Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: RLS because of anti-psychotics
Replies: 11
Views: 350

Re: RLS because of anti-psychotics

stjohnh wrote:I don't really know exactly how one tells the difference between akathesia caused by antipsychotics and RLS.


I think akathisia happens during the day also. But RLS is mostly during evenings and night. Most websites say that is the main way to distinguish between Akathisia and RLS.
by Tom
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:16 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: RLS because of anti-psychotics
Replies: 11
Views: 350

RLS because of anti-psychotics

Wife has been taking anti-psychotics (Olanzapine/Zyprexa & Clozapine/Clozaril) for 6+ months & has restlessness in the night because of that. She takes those for schizophrenia, so she cannot stop them. She lies down on the bed & then immediately gets up and walks around the room. Again l...

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