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Amantadine, Sleep, Severe Anxiety

Amantadine, Sleep, Severe Anxiety

My husband is newly diagnosed PD. From being placed in Amantadine x2 per day he has deteriorated. Severe anxiety. Can’t sleep. He has tried many anti depressants, anti anxiety and sleep prescriptions but nothing is working. He sees a therapist. Today he will see a psychiatrist.Nuero doctor claims it is not the amantadine . Help

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

you should add in an exercise regime. studies have shown that riding a bicycle whether 2 wheel, stationary or recumbent 3x per week increases motor function. Also try light treatment therapy. There is a study out of N ew Erland on light in the red spectrum for 20 min 2x a bday is helpful..Attached is the abstract
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/phot...

posted 9 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I am So sorry to hear of the issues you are having - well, you wrote this a month ago. That should have been plenty of time to see what works for you and what doesn't. I didn't do well with Amantadine. Quit it after a few wks. It made me feel all woozy especially towards the end of my work day, driving home. I had to quit it!. Besides, it didn't seem to be making me less shaky. Hope you are much better, less of or NO more dizziness. I couldn't handle that for long. I'm not sure what an anxiety attack is like - I don't want to. Hope those have diminished/ or gone. As you've heard/ready probably many times, different meds affect everyone differently - that's probably why there are so many out there to try.

posted 8 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have severe anxiety attacks and am now on 2 2 mg tablets of xanax per day. I break them in half because when I take the whole 2 mg tablets I suffer from dizziness and sometimes I fall! As long as the xanax is in my system I have no problems with the attacks. When I wake up in the morning I still have an anxiety attacks and right before I go to bed I have another one! I take 100 mg of zoloft and 380 mgs of wellbutrin! I don't know what to do anymore!

posted 9 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Update. Anxiety medication changed to a higher anti depressant in day and no medication at night. PD medication stopped altogether for it may be causing more anxiety, weakness and tremors. He will be reevaluated 2 weeks for stopping amanditine. But his body shakes are back strong. We are trying ‘touch point’ little gadgets that help relax with a vibration-it is helping!!! Still he is weak, needs to keep very close attention to anxiety creeping in. He is way more sense tarry than I would like him to be. The Psy MD told him to take it easy a s be kind to himself and only do what he wants. He only wants to move about a mile a day.... so till he is stronger, I guess this is what it is.
Still questioning if this is PD or a LBD, or simple burnout from a stressful 4 years?

posted 9 months ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I also have severe anxiety attacks! I have been to a psychologist and a psychiatrist with no help from either of them! My primary doctor has helped me more than they did! I have only recently started going to this doctor and he is really trying to help me! I am on 300 mg of wellbutrin once per day, xanax 2 mg, 2 times per day,zoloft 100 mg one time per day,restoril 15 mg at bedtime. We are still not quite there yet, but I was having 5 to 6 anxiety attacks per day that lasted anywhere from 2 to 3 hours at a time. I am now having only 2 anxiety atttacks per day My neurologist has me on 2 50 mg primidone in the morning and 3 50mgs at bedtime. He says this is for my essential tremor! I am on carbidopa/levidopa 25/100 4 times per day. My neurologist would not even talk about my anxiety attacks. I also talked to the psychiatrist about my anxiety attacks and he put me on depression medicine and chlorazapam. I never got to meet hi face to face to discuss any personal problems that I might have. Sometimes I feel nobody really cares!

posted 9 months ago
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