View Full Version : What can I do for mild akathisia (inner restlessness) non-pharmacologically?


netsavy006
02-28-09, 02:08 PM
Here's the history. I was taking Abilify 15mg for bipolar disorder but it was causing akathisia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akathisia ). I was withdrawn from Abilify on 2/21 and now I'm on Zyprexa Zydis 5mg (started 2/19). While I still have the mild restlessness I still need to know what I can do about it without having to add on another medication. I've been trying the following:

Listening to music
Playing on the Nintendo Wii
Yoga
Going outside doing daily activities

What else could I be doing/thinking to help myself so I don't get so over-excited or over-exerted so that I can relax and calm myself down.

Here's my current medication list for those who wish to know:
Topamax 100mg @ AM + bedtime
Valium 5mg @ AM, 4pm, bedtime
Artane 1mg @ AM, 4pm, bedtime
Zyprexa Zydis 5mg @ bedtime

Reasons for meds:
Topamax (1st mood stabilizer)
Valium (anxiety)
Artane (restlessness; weaning off of now that I'm off of Abilify)
Zyprexa Zydis (2nd mood stabilizer)

I don't want to have the Artane increased as I wish to have it decreased when I see my psychiatrist again on 3/3.

Thanks for all your help.
Andy...