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#1 Guest_Namaste_*

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 01:04 PM


I was put up to 60mg of prozac a couple of months ago and have developed muscle twitches ever since. They started jsut in my legs but are now in my hands and other parts of my body (but not my face, thankfully). I'm worried. Has anyone else had this reaction and if not, what shoudl i do about it? I wasn't so concerned when it was jsut in my legs but I am a violinist and pianist so I CAN'T have it affecting my hands.

Help please!



#2 Kris



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Posted 17 October 2005 - 03:27 PM

Well, I'm on Cymbalta and I've got some twitching.  There was a thread about this last week I think.  Look around for it as other people posted too.

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 03:32 PM

About 10 years ago I was put on Prozac and had full body muscle seizures, so I can imagine that twitches would be quite likely in some people. 
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#4 libbie


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Posted 17 October 2005 - 06:55 PM

I had that with Celexa. It got better over time, though.

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:52 PM

I've had twitches, but with time they've become quite minor. Not sure I recall if they started with the Prozac or the Adderall.
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back on Prozac, alternating 5 and 7.5mg/day
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#6 Sam


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Posted 20 October 2005 - 06:58 PM

Hi, I am twitch girl, glad to meet you. I think it is the Lexapro that does it to me. I wonder if it will go away. I just started it up again a week and a half ago. Glad to know there are other twitchers out there. Mine never does anything to my face, and the more manic I end up, the worse it gets.
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Posted 20 October 2005 - 08:31 PM

I'm on Lexapro and had twitching in one hand and eye for a few weeks... Seems to have gotten much better.  I would tell my doctor if it was something I was experiencing on a regular basis, or it got in the way of my basic functioning.

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 09:57 PM

The SSRIs are known to cause or exacerbate movement disorders--as in, akathisia and tardive dyskinesia. I just know that someone out there has a doctor who won't believe in anyone getting that from anything not officially classified as a dopamine antagonist, so I've some links.

Fluoxetine dose-increment related akathisia in depression: implications for clinical care, recognition and management of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor-induced akathisia. (2003)

Remission of SSRI-induced akathisia after switch to nefazodone. (2001)]

Acute paroxysmal dystonia induced by fluoxetine. (2001)

Myoclonus secondary to the concurrent use of trazodone and fluoxetine. (2001)

Choreiform dyskinesia with acute onset and protracted course following fluoxetine treatment. (1999)

Extrapyramidal adverse effects associated with sertraline. (1998)

Existing brain condition may predispose to SSRI-induced extrapyramidal symptoms. (1997)

[Fluoxetine, akathisia and suicide] (1997)

Dyskinesia with fluoxetine: tardive or late-onset persistent, acute norfluoxetine dyskinesia? (1997)

Let me know if you want more.

Edited by StrungOutOnLife, 24 October 2005 - 09:57 PM.

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Posted 12 November 2005 - 03:03 PM

Thank you all.

I've reduced the prozac doose to 40mg from 60mg and most of the twitching has gone away. ther's still alittle in my legs but it has stopped in my hands which were the main concern (writing on the whiteboard for teaching and playing the violin).

am still concerned about long term effects of being on Prozac (10 years now) but that's anohter story...


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