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akathisia Syllabification: ak·a·this·ia
Pronunciation: /ˌakəˈTHiZHə/ /-ˈTHizēə/

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of akathisia in English:


A state of agitation, distress, and restlessness that is an occasional side-effect of antipsychotic and antidepressant drugs.
Example sentences
  • Common side effects of both older and newer antipsychotic drugs include akathisia - an experience of motor restlessness and jitteriness - and anticholinergic effects, such as sedation and delirium.
  • The most common early side effects of fluoxetine are agitation, insomnia, and neuromuscular restlessness resembling akathisia.
  • Antidepressants are another group of drugs known to cause akathisia 3-5 but are not as well recognised.
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