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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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VASQUEZ-DEXTRE, Edgar R.  and  LIMACHE-TUEROS, Marco A.. Non-psychotropic drugs induced akathisia: a propos of a case associated with metoclopramide use. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2015, vol.78, n.1, pp.46-51. ISSN 0034-8597.

Metoclopramide is an antiemetic drug used in several areas of medical practice but one  of its most frequent and severe adverse effects is akathisia. Akathisia is a movement disorder characterized by internal feeling of uneasiness and discomfort accompanied by motor restlessness. We report the case of a 19 year old male who developed acute akathisia after intravenous administration of metoclopramide. It is important in clinical practice to keep in mind the occurrence of akathisia as a posible adverse effect of metoclopramide and other non-psychotropic drugs, because of the frequency of their emergence and severity. It is essential to perform a quick and accurate diagnosis to properly manage this side effect, in addition to taking preventive measures to avoid its occurrence.

Keywords : Drug induced akathisia; metoclopramide; side effects and adverse reactions drug therapy.

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