Acute dyskinesia, myoclonus, and akathisa in an adolescent male abusing quetiapine via nasal insufflation: A case study

Mathew George, Maya Haasz, Alvaro Coronado, Steven Salhanick, Lindsey Korbel, Joseph P. Kitzmiller

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Abstract

Background: Although the benefits of antipsychotic pharmacotherapy can be pronounced, many patients develop unwanted adverse effects including a variety of movement disorders. Compared with the traditional antipsychotics, the atypical antipsychotics have a decreased risk for associated movement disorders. Drug-induced movement disorders can occur, however, and the risk of adverse events can increase significantly when medications are abused.Case presentation: We describe the case of a 13-year-old male who presented to an emergency department with acute movement disorders after nasal insufflation of crushed quetiapine. The patient was admitted and successfully treated for neuroleptic toxicity with intravenous antihistamine pharmacotherapy. His primary care provider and psychiatrist were notified of the abuse, quetiapine was discontinued, and the patient was discharged and referred to a drug and alcohol awareness and abuse program.Conclusions: The abuse of quetiapine has unfortunately become more common. This unique case report of acute movement disorders following nasal insufflation of quetiapine highlights the need for heightened vigilance when prescribing quetiapine and for increased awareness and education regarding medication-abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number187
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2013

Keywords

  • Medication abuse
  • Quetiapine insufflation
  • Tardive dyskinesia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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