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Drugs That Cause Akathisa

Akathisia is a medication side effect.  


Many people have asked what drug was responsible for J.A.'s movement in the video.  The drug was Latuda, but her first experience with drug-induced akathisia was back in the late 1990s with the drug Zoloft, an SSRI antidepressant. 


Her reaction to the drug was labeled as "hypo-mania," and they insisted it "uncovered" an underlying bipolar disorder. According to Dr. Irving Kirtsch, not only are antidepressants clinically ineffective, Dr. Philip Hickey writes that their use as an "uncovering tool" for "latent bipolar disorder" is a myth:  "One can’t prove or disprove the existence of something that is inherently latent.--Dr. Philip Hickey, "Antidepressant-Induced Mania," Mad in America, Jan, 11, 2015


So whatever medication(s) caused J.A.'s conditions is not important.  What is important is that numerous drugs cause this side effect and the side effect is largely unknown, undisclosed, and its presentation, avoided.


The list below is not meant to be comprehensive; there are now over 500+ medications that cause akathisia, with more being approved each month. The following are a small sample of drugs that have actually have been reported to cause akathisia as a  side effect.

Just a sampling of drugs that have listed side effects that include akathisia. Please follow the above link to's excellent and thorough list of akathisia-inducing medications.

  • Brand Name: Abilify 
    Generic Name: Aripiprazole

  • Brand Name: Aripiprazole Oral Solution 
    Generic Name: Aripiprazole Oral Solution

  • Brand Name: Latuda 
    Generic Name: Lurasidone HCL Tablets for Oral Administration

  • Brand Name: Saphris 
    Generic Name: Asenapine Sublingual Tablets

  • Brand Name: Risperdal 
    Generic Name: Risperidone

  • Brand Name: Invega 
    Generic Name: Paliperidone

  • Brand Name: Vraylar 
    Generic Name: Cariprazine Capsules

  • Brand Name: Seroquel 
    Generic Name: Quetiapine Fumarate

  • Brand Name: Seroquel XR 
    Generic Name: Quetiapine Fumarate Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Aripiprazole Tablets 
    Generic Name: Aripiprazole Tablets

  • Brand Name: Rexulti 
    Generic Name: Brexpiprazole Tablets

  • Brand Name: Xenazine 
    Generic Name: Tetrabenazine Tablets

  • Brand Name: Invega Trinza 
    Generic Name: Paliperidone Palmitate Extended-release Injectable Suspension

  • Brand Name: Invega Sustenna 
    Generic Name: Paliperidone Palmitate Extended-Release Injectable Suspension

  • Brand Name: Zyprexa, Zyprexa Zydis 
    Generic Name: Olanzapine

  • Brand Name: Austedo 
    Generic Name: Deutetrabenazine Tablets

  • Brand Name: Risperdal Consta 
    Generic Name: Risperidone

  • Brand Name: Geodon 
    Generic Name: Ziprasidone

  • Brand Name: Abilify Maintena 
    Generic Name: Aripiprazole Extended-Release Injectable Suspension

  • Brand Name: Aristada 
    Generic Name: Aripiprazole Lauroxil Extended-release Injection

  • Brand Name: Zyprexa Relprevv 
    Generic Name: Olanzapine Extended Release Injectable Suspension

  • Brand Name: Brisdelle 
    Generic Name: Paroxetine Capsules 7.5 mg

  • Brand Name: Akineton 
    Generic Name: Biperiden

  • Brand Name: Inapsine 
    Generic Name: Droperidol

  • Brand Name: Ingrezza 
    Generic Name: Valbenazine Capsules

  • Brand Name: Moban 
    Generic Name: Molindone Hydrochloride Tablets

  • Brand Name: Torecan 
    Generic Name: Thiethylperazine

  • Brand Name: Thioridazine 
    Generic Name: Thioridazine

  • Brand Name: Mellaril 
    Generic Name: Thioridazine HCl

  • Brand Name: Buspar 
    Generic Name: Buspirone

  • Brand Name: Remeron 
    Generic Name: Mirtazapine

  • Brand Name: Serzone 
    Generic Name: Nefazodone

  • Brand Name: Paxil 
    Generic Name: Paroxetine Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Paxil-CR 
    Generic Name: Paroxetine Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Pexeva 
    Generic Name: Paroxetine Mesylate

  • Brand Name: Kemadrin 
    Generic Name: Procyclidine Hydrochloride Tablets

  • Brand Name: Budeprion XL 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Adasuve 
    Generic Name: Loxapine Inhalation Powder

  • Brand Name: Xanax 
    Generic Name: Alprazolam

  • Brand Name: Vascor 
    Generic Name: Bepridil

  • Brand Name: Camptosar Injection 
    Generic Name: Irinotecan Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Propulsid 
    Generic Name: Cisapride (Removed from US Market)

  • Brand Name: Compazine 
    Generic Name: Prochlorperazine

  • Brand Name: Compro 
    Generic Name: Prochlorperazine Suppositories

  • Brand Name: Eovist 
    Generic Name: Gadoxetate Disodium Injection

  • Brand Name: Etrafon 
    Generic Name: Perphenazine and Amitriptyline

  • Brand Name: Prolixin 
    Generic Name: Fluphenazine

  • Brand Name: Haldol Decanoate 
    Generic Name: Haloperidol Decanoate

  • Brand Name: Loxapine 
    Generic Name: Loxapine Succinate

  • Brand Name: Loxitane 
    Generic Name: Loxapine

  • Brand Name: Reglan 
    Generic Name: Metoclopramide

  • Brand Name: Metozolv ODT 
    Generic Name: Metoclopramide Hydrochloride Orally Disintegrating Tablets

  • Brand Name: Orap 
    Generic Name: Pimozide

  • Brand Name: Permax 
    Generic Name: Pergolide Mesylate

  • Brand Name: Perphenazine Tablets 
    Generic Name: Perphenazine

  • Brand Name: Mirapex 
    Generic Name: Pramipexole

  • Brand Name: Prochlorperazine Maleate Tablets 
    Generic Name: Prochlorperazine Maleate Tablets

  • Brand Name: Reglan Injection 
    Generic Name: Metoclopramide Injection

  • Brand Name: Reglan ODT 
    Generic Name: Metoclopramide Orally Disintegrating Tablets

  • Brand Name: Sublimaze 
    Generic Name: Fentanyl Citrate

  • Brand Name: Navane 
    Generic Name: Thiothixene Hcl

  • Brand Name: Stelazine 
    Generic Name: Trifluoperazine

  • Brand Name: Elavil 
    Generic Name: Amitriptyline

  • Brand Name: Amoxapine 
    Generic Name: Amoxapine Tablets

  • Brand Name: Aplenzin 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hydrobromide Tablet

  • Brand Name: Zyban 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hcl

  • Brand Name: Celexa 
    Generic Name: Citalopram Hydrobromide

  • Brand Name: Anafranil 
    Generic Name: Clomipramine Hcl

  • Brand Name: Cymbalta 
    Generic Name: Duloxetine Hcl

  • Brand Name: Norpramin 
    Generic Name: Desipramine Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Sinequan 
    Generic Name: Doxepin

  • Brand Name: Effexor 
    Generic Name: Venlafaxine Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Emsam 
    Generic Name: Selegiline Transdermal System

  • Brand Name: Prozac 
    Generic Name: Fluoxetine Hcl

  • Brand Name: Luvox 
    Generic Name: Fluvoxamine Maleate Tablets

  • Brand Name: Forfivo XL 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Tofranil 
    Generic Name: Imipramine

  • Brand Name: Marplan 
    Generic Name: Isocarboxazid

  • Brand Name: Lexapro 
    Generic Name: Escitalopram Oxalate

  • Brand Name: Limbitrol 
    Generic Name: Chlordiazepoxide Amitriptyline DS Tablets

  • Brand Name: Luvox CR 
    Generic Name: Fluvoxamine Maleate Extended-Release Capsules

  • Brand Name: Nortriptyline Hydrochloride 
    Generic Name: Nortriptyline Hydrochloride Capsules

  • Brand Name: Nortriptyline Hydrochloride Oral Solution 
    Generic Name: Nortriptyline Hydrochloride Oral Solution

  • Brand Name: Oleptro 
    Generic Name: Trazodone Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Pamelor 
    Generic Name: Nortriptyline HCl

  • Brand Name: Nardil 
    Generic Name: Phenelzine

  • Brand Name: Remeron SolTab 
    Generic Name: Mirtazapine

  • Brand Name: Sarafem 
    Generic Name: Fluoxetine Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Savella 
    Generic Name: Milnacipran HCl Tablets

  • Brand Name: Strattera 
    Generic Name: Atomoxetine HCl

  • Brand Name: Symbyax 
    Generic Name: Olanzapine and fluoxetine

  • Brand Name: Tofranil-PM 
    Generic Name: Imipramine Pamoate

  • Brand Name: Parnate 
    Generic Name: Tranylcypromine

  • Brand Name: Desyrel 
    Generic Name: Trazodone Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Tigan 
    Generic Name: Trimethobenzamide Hydrochloride Capsules

  • Brand Name: Surmontil 
    Generic Name: Trimipramine

  • Brand Name: Effexor XR 
    Generic Name: Venlafaxine Hydrochloride Extended-Release

  • Brand Name: Vivactil 
    Generic Name: Protriptyline Hydrochloride Tablet

  • Brand Name: Wellbutrin 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hcl

  • Brand Name: Wellbutrin SR 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hydrochloride Sustained-Release

  • Brand Name: Wellbutrin XL 
    Generic Name: Bupropion Hydrochloride Extended-Release

  • Brand Name: Zofran Injection 
    Generic Name: Ondansetron Hydrochloride Injection

  • Brand Name: Baclofen Injection 
    Generic Name: Baclofen Injection

  • Brand Name: Cesamet 
    Generic Name: Nabilone Capsules

  • Brand Name: Clozaril 
    Generic Name: Clozapine

  • Brand Name: Fanapt 
    Generic Name: Iloperidone Tablets

  • Brand Name: Fazaclo 
    Generic Name: Clozapine

  • Brand Name: Fentanyl Citrate Injection 
    Generic Name: Fentanyl Citrate Injection

  • Brand Name: Cerebyx 
    Generic Name: Fosphenytoin Sodium Injection

  • Brand Name: Gablofen 
    Generic Name: Baclofen Injection

  • Brand Name: Haldol 
    Generic Name: Haloperidol Injection

  • Brand Name: Lamictal XR 
    Generic Name: Lamotrigine Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Lamictal 
    Generic Name: Lamotrigine

  • Brand Name: Mirapex ER 
    Generic Name: Pramipexole Dihydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Niravam 
    Generic Name: Alprazolam

  • Brand Name: Feldene 
    Generic Name: Piroxicam

  • Brand Name: Zoloft 
    Generic Name: Sertraline Hcl

  • Brand Name: Cognex 
    Generic Name: Tacrine

  • Brand Name: Versacloz 
    Generic Name: Clozapine Oral Suspension

  • Brand Name: Vfend 
    Generic Name: Voriconazole

  • Brand Name: Viibryd 
    Generic Name: Vilazodone Hydrochloride

  • Brand Name: Brintellix 
    Generic Name: Vortioxetine Tablets

  • Brand Name: Contrave 
    Generic Name: Naltrexone HCl and Bupropion HCl Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Fetzima 
    Generic Name: Levomilnacipran) Extended-release Capsules

  • Brand Name: Khedezla 
    Generic Name: Desvenlafaxine Extended-release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Pristiq 
    Generic Name: Desvenlafaxine Extended-Release Tablets

  • Brand Name: Trintellix 
    Generic Name: Vortioxetine Tablets

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