, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 153–156

Treatment of neuroleptic-induced akathisia with nicotine patches

  • Michelle Kosche Anfang
  • Harrison G. Pope Jr.


We administered 14 mg nicotine patches to 16 patients,all non-smokers, who displayed akathisia from antipsychotic drugs. On single-blind ratings, akathisia appeared significantly reduced on days when patients were wearing the patches as compared to the baseline day. These findings, if confirmed, may help to explain the high rates of tobacco use among psychotic patients, and may suggest avenues for the treatment of akathisia.

Key words Akathisia Nicotine Neuroleptic Schizophrenia 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Kosche Anfang
    • 1
  • Harrison G. Pope Jr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 140 High Street, Springfield, MA 01199, USA Fax (+1) 413/784-4543US
  2. 2.Biological Psychiatry Laboratories, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02178, USA Fax (+1) 617/855-3585US

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