How is akathisia differentiated from restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2017
  • Author: Ali M Bozorg, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Akathisia is characterized by an inner urge to move all or part of the body, without a focal sensory complaint in the limbs. Often, it does not correlate with rest or show circadian variation, and it usually results from medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), neuroleptics, or other dopamine-blocking agents. [24]


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