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I was on Latuda 20 mgs for awhile and it seemed to be alright. I was bumped up to 40 mgs to just help with mood and the dreaded akathisia started. I want to die when it really kicks in. My Nurse Practitioner prescribed Propranolol and it worked for a week at 10 mgs twice a day, until last night I kept moving around so much I wanted to bash my head in a wall. I called her today and she upped it to 20 mgs twice a day. I see her Monday, but I am also for the weekend only taking 20 mgs again with the Latuda. Has anyone else had this experience with Latuda, and does it stop? Or am I, yet again, going to have to find another medication to rely on?

 

Currently I am on Latuda 40 mgs, Propranolol 20 mgs, Paxil 10 mgs, Buspar 5 mgs.  

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Yep, had the same thing.  See my other post just a few minutes ago, in reply to a q about Akathisia.

 

Exactly the same remedy -- propranolol that stopped working after a week or so.   The only thing that stops it now, when i do get it, is Ativan and sometimes Ativan AND propranalol.

 

Stopped the Latuda and was in hospital for a while, now they have me on Wellbutrin SR 150 and Trilafon 2mg twice a day.  (Trilafon because I have high blood sugar and the atypicals except Latuda seem to do bad things to my lipids)

 

Cheers

 

PS I wanted to stop propranalol anyway, because of the bad long-term side effects.  Ativan for occasional use does not have as many negatives, IMO.

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I have minor Akathisia with 20 mg. my doctor tried giving me a Cogentin for it but it made my vision horribly blurry. Benadryl helps. He won't put me on another med like Cogentin because in his words he won't treat me like a guinea pig (he knows I've been overly medicated in the past and actually cares) My old psychiatrists would have put me on everything and anything. So my option is to take Benadryl at night before bed (I take Latuda in the morning) or split the 20 mg to a 10 mg and see if I still get Akathisia. I'm trying the Benadryl route tonight. Latuda is the first med I've taken that has lifted the fog, it's excellent.

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I am going to have to read up about Propranolol. I haven't yet. Yesterday I only took 20 mgs of Latuda and at bedtime I took Benedryl and Buspar and fell asleep pretty well. I also take Latuda early in the day. Did good last night, fingers crossed I do good again tonight. Geesh @ these meds! I like it too because my mood is good, and I am losing weight. So I want to stay on it. So far I have lost around 16 pounds! Can't say that with Seroquel, Saphris, Zyprexa, ect.

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The akathisia for me is the worst in my legs. I started taking two homeopathic things for it. It's really helping. One is PRO Restless Leg by Newton Homeopathics http://www.countrysunshinestore.com/m/item_592/Pro-Restless-Legs.htm and the other is Hylands Restful Legs http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/hyland-restful-legs-50-tablets/sh-1135#.U9KIXGK9KSM

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I've also had some problems with akathisia. I currently take propanonal 10mg 2x day. I tried going down on the propanonal but the restlessness came back. I still occasionally have problems with restless legs at night. Benadryl helps me some, although I hate to add in another med.

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I take Latuda 140mg and have been on that for quite awhile. I love it so I deal with the akathisia. Sadly the restlessness never went away. 

I take Cogentin and it helps a little. I find Latuda sedating so if I take it at night with my other meds. I can usually fall asleep and not suffer too long. For me the restlessness is the worst in my legs and hits it's peak about two hours after I take it. If I'm not alseep, then it is torture some nights.

Latuda had been a lifesaver for me though.

It has cleared my fog and depression unlike any other med I've tried. For me, it's worth it.

 

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I had mild akisthisia every time we bumped up my dose, but it would pass after about a week. I think taking the Latuda in the AM is a good idea. Also, there are other meds besides propranolol that help with akisthisia (sorry about my spelling, I'm a little out of it). So you might want to talk to your pnurse about other possibilities.

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I had a bit of that problem when my dose was increased but it always went away. I took 140 mg for quite a while. It worked so so. 

I was on it for psychosis mostly. But I became manic while taking it and that hadn't occurred in 2 years thanks to seroquel. I switched off seroquel because of weight issues but boy do I regret that. I'm still paying off debt from the manic episode. So I had to be hospitalized unfortunately after almost 2 years of being hospital free. 

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