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Risperdal (risperidone)

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Risperdal®

Generic Name: Risperidone ris-PER-i-done

Drug Class: Atypical Antipsychotics

 

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Description
Risperidone is a antipsychotic medication and is used to treat patients that suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unorganized thought and hostility. This is a psychiatric medication that works by helping ot restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters).
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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine should be taken continually, even if you are feeling better. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take more or less of this medicine that prescribed. Do not share this medicine with other people. This medicine may come in a blister pack. Do not remove the tablet fro the packaging until you are ready to take the dose. Tear apart the package at the perforation. Bend the corner of the package where directed and peel back the foil to show the tablet. Do not try to push the tablet through the foil, this can damage the tablet. Remove the tablet from the foil package with dry hands and place it immediately on your tongue. Do not split or chew the tablet. The tablet will melt on your tongue in a few seconds. After the tablet melts on your tongue, it can be swallowed with or without water or liquid.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • This medicine can cause the following side effects:
      • constipation
      • dizziness
      • drowsiness
      • dry mouth
      • headache
      • weight gain
      • restlessness
      • mild thirst
      • frequent urination
      • drowsiness
      • fine hand tremor
      • mild nausea
    • Check with your doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, or unusual muscle weakness.
    • This medicine may increase blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Diabetic patients should be cautious of this and regularly check their blood sugar.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Several days to weeks may pass before you feel the the full effects of this medicine.
    • Before taking this medicine, notify your doctor if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies to medications.
    • Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have a history of:
      • liver disease
      • kidney disease
      • low blood pressure
      • seizures
      • difficulty swallowing (especially in patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease)
      • stroke
      • dehydration
      • breast cancer
      • diabetes
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Be cautious when driving or performing other hazardous activities. This medicine can impair judgment.
    • This medication contains aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition where you must restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalamine), consult with your doctor before taking this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Let your doctor know if you are taking any of the following types of medications:
      • antacids
      • antihistamines
      • diet pills
      • benztropine (Cogentin)
      • bromocriptine (Parlodel)
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • dicyclomine (Bentyl)
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • guanethidine (Ismelin)
      • lithium
      • meperidine (Demerol)
      • methyldopa (Aldomet)
      • phenytoin (Dilantin)
      • propranolol (Inderal)
      • sedatives
      • trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
      • valproic acid (Depakene)
      • cold medications
      • medications for depression
      • vitamins and herbs
    • Inform your doctor of all the medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially if you are taking any of the following:
      • anti-depressant
      • anti-anxiety drugs
      • sparfloxacin
      • grepafloxacin
      • guanethidine
      • guanadrel
      • lithium
      • metrizamide
      • cabergoline
      • tranquilizers
      • barbiturates
      • sleeping pills
      • narcotic pain medication (e.g. codeine)
      • other medicines that make you drowsy.
    • Many cough-and-cold products contain ingredients that may add a drowsiness effect. Before you use cough-and-cold medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. For women: since this medicine is excreted in human breast milk, you should NOT breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

There may be a slightly increased risk of serious, possibly fatal side effects (e.g., stroke, heart failure) when this medicaion is used in elderly patients with dementia. Discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.
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Copyright 2006 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. www.pharmclips.com
This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

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  On 8 Aug 2006
  By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.


 

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Wolfgang34
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 64
Wed August 27, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Made the unwanted thoughts semi-managable
CONS: Makes me drowsy and weak all the time and worsens depressive feelings

I take two 1 mg tablets every night and waking up I feel like weak and tired. Normally, I could go to bed at 1-2 am, wake up 6 hours later and feel mostly awake, but now I feel tired all the time despite going to bed at 8-9 pm and waking up at 7-8 am. Taking naps does next to nothing and it's hard for me to fall asleep even when I'm in this constant tired state.As well as being tired, it worsens my depressive feelings. I feel more hopeless, overwhelmed and sad more than usual.Reading these reviews, I take this with with some caution.

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NOS-NOS
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Registered: September 2012
Posts: 126
Wed April 9, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: calmed mind so was able to function, took care of mood swings, obsessiveness, agitation, hypersensitivity
CONS: did not completely eliminate delusions, just quieted them/increasing dose sometimes caused racing thoughts,akathisia, and low blood pressure when standing

Have been taking this (generic) for several years without major side effects (except some acute side effects when increasing dose). Hit a ceiling with tolerable dose at 6mg, so am now supplementing with 10mg zyprexa. I was at the 6mg for over a year though, without issue. I then had some breakthroughs and increasing the dose only made some worse symptoms appear, like akathisia and racing thoughts. I had tried to lower my dose several times, only to have symptoms reappear, so not sure if that is the underlying illness or withdrawal from the risperdal. My diagnosis is mood disorder NOS, however I had some paranoid delusions to, akin to delusional disorder, which this medicine only quieted, not eliminated.

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Cannablissfully
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Registered: March 2014
Location: Nowhere and Everywhere
Posts: 214
Tue March 25, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps The Hallucinations and Voices not to be present as much.
CONS: Makes you feel restless and dizzy.

After taking it,I saw an outstanding difference in the way I felt.It helped cut the symptoms I was having down considerably.

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punkybrewster6k
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Registered: October 2013
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 1670
Thu January 30, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: managed psychosis
CONS: tollerance after a while, weight gain

worked well for a year but had to keep upping dosage.

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misskrome
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Registered: January 2014
Location: ...
Posts: 229
Mon January 20, 2014 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: debilitating side effects

Caused severe movement disorder and seizures.

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Roozie
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Nnnnn
Posts: 1
Sun January 12, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $117.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Works
CONS: Makes me sleepy

It makes me sleepy

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Saigon
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Registered: November 2013
Location: South Africa
Posts: 2
Tue December 24, 2013 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Helped my mood-congruent delusions somewhat
CONS: It made me gain weight

When my psychiatrist changed the medication to something else my delusions came back

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dillpickle1983
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Registered: January 2011
Location: Erie, Pennsylvania
Posts: 1215
Sun November 3, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: My boobs were milky. and I'm a guy.

My man boobs were lactating... Not cool especially when you have a tight shirt on.

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BornintoFreedom2012
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Registered: January 2013
Location: Carrollton, Texas
Posts: 27
Tue September 10, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Paranoia decreased drastically, voices nearly gone
CONS: Enlarged breast (5 cup sizes) and no period

Great medication for psychotic symptoms. It did cause my period to completely stop and my breast grew around 5 cup sizes. Overall bad things. But the way it worked on my paranoia was worth it. However, I can no longer stay on the medication due to elevated prolactin levels which cause early onset osteoporosis.

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usehername
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Registered: October 2012
Location: in my head
Posts: 203
Sun September 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: fast relief from the abyss of deep depression
CONS: so.... HUNGRY!

Makes me hungry, but god, I feel so much better... Really wasn't eating before anyway (lost 15 lbs by accident in the last two weeks before starting it).

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1989TFM
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Registered: November 2012
Location: Carrollton, Texas
Posts: 2
Wed May 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Low dosage
CONS: Nothing

This medication has become a godsend...really. It, at such a low dose, has decreased my paranoia, and almost completely shut down my voices. There have been little side effects with the dose I am at (2.5mg daily. I have bounced around with this medicine on dosage to find what worked for me. Turned out 2.5mg worked better then 4mg for me. Great medication. I would recommend it to anyone with voices or paranoia.

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cathysummer
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Registered: July 2012
Posts: 1
Wed July 25, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: None
CONS: Causes cognitive impairment after even brief use.

I was wrongly diagnosed psychotic depression and put on this, 2mg, with paxil for two weeks. It led to severe cognitive defects, loss of personality, total inability to enjoy anything. One year after stopping things have improved a bit but I still suffer terrible problems with feeling derealization - feel like I am in a dream. Often lose sense of self when under stress. Determined not to suicide - supportive people on online forums tell me it gets better with time.

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Taonuviel
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Registered: May 2004
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1452
Mon June 11, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Made me feel better, seemed to reduce auditory hallucinations
CONS: Weight gain w/o increased appetite or reduced exercise

I started Risperdal as a supplement to my antidepressants and lithium meds. A couple weeks in I started having auditory hallucinations (very unlikely from the Risperdal) so my doctor increased it from 1mg to 3mg, which seemed to take away the hallucinations after a few days, but then they started coming back as fewer and quieter than before. I've also been feeling brighter later, though still depressed about stuff. But now I'm realizing I've gained about 15lbs and am barely able to fit my clothes, so I'm titrating off the Risperdal and will have to try something else when I see my doctor again the beginning of next month.

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Galymia
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Registered: April 2012
Location: b-e-d
Posts: 33
Sun April 1, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Got rid of the voices.
CONS: I still have severe paranoia and refuse to leave the house.

I no longer hear voices, but it doesn't do a thing for my paranoia and isolation. If I didn't have insurance, I would not be able to afford it. I'm glad I don't hear voices anymore, at any rate.I didn't have any side effects and it works well with my Celexa. God help you if you miss a few doses, however.

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britneedocks
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Registered: March 2012
Posts: 1
Fri March 9, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: It got rid of my psychosis
CONS: It ruined everything that made me

I started taking this medicine in October of 2011 for psychosis. It worked as far as getting rid of my psychosis but it has ruined my life. I don't feel anything. I feel like I'm disconnected from my body. All I do is stay home. I lack drive and motivation. I lost my personality, my sleep is wacked up, and I am no longer the out going person I used to be. I feel like I am a living dead person. Nothing effects me. It also caused my jaw to move around. I am trying a dopamine supplement hoping to restore some of what this drug has taken from me. I feel like I've lost my intellegence and everything that made me human. Please be aware of this before taking this drug.

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jk2833
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Registered: July 2011
Location: london
Posts: 238
Thu March 1, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Stopped voices
CONS: increased suicidal thoughts, nausea, thirsty, too tired to function

side effects out weigh the positives

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CastlesInTheAir
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Registered: February 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3262
Thu February 9, 2012 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: I couldn't relax my muscles would stiffen up and it messed with my cycle, and made mood swings worse

Never felt right taking this. Did nothing good for me.

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LovingLeia2012
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Registered: January 2012
Location: Washington State
Posts: 11
Thu January 5, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Brings me back to reality. Takes away my random anger spasms I get.
CONS: Makes you really drowsy.

It took a long time for me to get used to the drowsiness part. I finally did. Then I randomly stopped taking it. Started taking it a couple days ago again... and its killing me with drowsiness. Again.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Sun January 1, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: It'll put you down (calm or sleep) when you need it.
CONS: You'll throw on weight like it's fun.

I've been given this medication via injection when suicidal in the E.R.. Now I take it as part of a daily psychotherapeutic schedule. One of three medications utilized to keep my mind under control. It appears to be more so effective than Lamictal; at least since I've been on it in late October 2011. I go to the gym practically every day doing 45 mins of spinning and about an hour or so of weight-lifting. So I have to work harder to keep the weight off that's associated with the weight gain being a side effect.

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tdog
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Registered: August 2011
Posts: 3
Wed December 21, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1,000.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: this product seems to take me back to reality but with consequences
CONS: weight gain, apathy.

with this respiridone i'm same but i'm not as happy as i was off it. i was much happier feeling before any drug theoropy. i think respiridone is a good drug for insanity but it has bad sideeffects.

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kittykat85
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Registered: December 2011
Posts: 1
Sat December 10, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: it helps alot with everything
CONS: weight gain

I'm doing ok the doc is going to up the dose the weight gain not good ( like 10 pounds) I walk and walk a lot at the local mall and outdoors when its not too cold but over all risperdal has been a plus so far

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Chad1One
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Registered: October 2011
Location: California
Posts: 16
Thu October 13, 2011 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: clears most of my hallucinations
CONS: doesn't do much for the voices

I still hear voices. I still have hallucinations, but they are fewer. I experience this terrible side effect though, from inside my bones outward to within about 1 inch of my skin experinces this extreme discomfort/numbness. Sitting, standing, laying down, eating, sleeping, moving, not moving, nothing but time (about 2 days for me) takes this away. At least with pain there is usually a way to mitigate it. I would rather nurse a hangover for a few hours than have this feeling ever again.

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Bluesgirl
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Registered: December 2010
Location: Currently in Redding, CA
Posts: 3
Sun December 5, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: More energy, less racing thoughts
CONS: Rapid pulse, congestion

After 2 mos. of taking Risperdal, I'm going to try another medication for my depression/anxiety because it causes my pulse to race and scares me as heart disease runs in my family. The Risperdal helped with my low energy level and ruminating thoughts, but not much else.

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dinyel
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Registered: October 2010
Posts: 1
Sat November 27, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: clear thinking, less rages
CONS: have become diabetic with continued use

treated with risperdal for bipolar ii and borderline personality disorder. helped clear thinking immediately. more rational, less rages. downside is that continued use of risperdal has caused me to be diabetic, however, i was somewhat obese to begin with. i take multiple diabetic medications but am not on insulin at this point. the risperdal keeps me on an even keel and i'm not willing to give that up that mental clarity. so i treat the diabetes and am trying to make lifestyle changes to lower my blood sugar. conclusion: risperdal is worth it to me, but there are some possibly heavy consequences with continued use.

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DelusionsDaily
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Registered: July 2010
Location: MI, USA
Posts: 1794
Mon July 26, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: reduces mania for bipolar
CONS: doesn't do anything for depression

using it to control the mania of bipolar generally works really well

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Squirrel1983
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Registered: December 2009
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 3530
Fri December 11, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: removes most psychotic symptoms
CONS: none

I've been taking risperidone for my psychosis for 13 months now and have found that it works well in treating my symptoms. I rarely have the feeling that people are out to get me anymore and I rarely feel that people are watching me anymore. When I first started taking risperidone, it made me a little drowsy, but now that I am used to it, it no longer does (I started on one dose a day and am now on two doses a day). I have not experienced any of the possible side effects of this medication and would recommend it to others who are dealing with symptoms similar to mine.

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seriynochi
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Registered: December 2007
Location: Washington, USA
Posts: 2
Wed September 30, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $45.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none
CONS: migraines, lactation

made me lactate, gave me terrible migraines

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corlenbelspar
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Registered: August 2009
Sat August 29, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Worked on Schizophrenia I guess
CONS: Sexual Dysfunction

I only took this one day and experienced sexual dysfunction immediately which really disturbed me. That was about the only side effect I experienced. I don't know how well it worked because I only took it one day and I believe you have to take a med for weeks before you find out how well it truly works and I think the Geodon I was on is still getting out of my system so the antipsychotic effect I was having might be from the Geodon still in my system. I didn't feel as stupid as I could of however that I felt like some days while taking Geodon so it might actually be out of my system and the Risperdal worked. Either way I didn't experience any psychotic problems. I liked Geodon better due to no side effects except memory loss which I was able to compensate easily for and it worked great it's just too bad I had to go off of it due to it causing heart issues. I can't rate the price of this med because I don't know what it is because I don't think I pay for my meds. I'm scared of antipsychotics now due to the side effects of the Geodon and Risperdal and don't want to take any anymore.

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cestchouette
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Registered: July 2009
Fri July 24, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: inexpensive
CONS: side effects

I experienced extreme fatigue and sleepiness. I would easily fall asleep at night and sleep for 10-12 hours, then I would end up sleeping for a couple hours in the afternoon as well because I felt so exhausted. I had a hard time focusing and with memory and I had facial twitching. I gained 20 pounds while on Risperdal for just three months. Once I got off of it, I started losing weight immediately and had more energy. Also: "A potentially fatal symptom complex sometimes referred to as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) has been reported in association with antipsychotic drugs. Clinical manifestations of NMS are hyperpyrexia, muscle rigidity, altered mental status, and evidence of autonomic instability." And "A syndrome of potentially irreversible, involuntary, dyskinetic movements may develop in patients treated with antipsychotic drugs." (from rxlist (seriously, this place sucks - do not buy from them) )

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gordonsetter
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Registered: November 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 27
Tue July 21, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: side effects were horrible

I took Risperadal for my manic episodes. I hadn't been on it long before the awful side effects began. My breasts began to leak milk and I wasn't pregnant or nursing a child; it became so bad that I had to wore nursing pads in my bra to absorb the leaking. I also had what was finally determined to be transcient periods(I would stare ahead and couldn't move my eyes or speak although I could hear and see others around me).

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bluejohn
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Registered: June 2009
Posts: 10
Fri June 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: effective
CONS: weight gain

I had taken risperidone 1 mg daily last year .I was prescribed this bcoz i was having frequent paranoid thoughts.reduced paranoid thoughts, but very slowly.made me gain weight.

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Elysium
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Registered: March 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 3342
Thu May 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Generics available.
CONS: Weight gain, sedating.

This medication worked well for my psychological issues, however I needed to stop taking it due to increased Prolactin levels and other hormonal imbalances caused by the medication.

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Ubiquitous Maninlev
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Registered: November 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 15
Wed January 28, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Seemed to calm psychosis a little
CONS: Made it hard to breath

Obviously, it made me sleepy. But because it affected my breathing I found it really hard to get a decent nights sleep. Also calmed psychosis pretty quickly, but when I came off it that seemed to help psychosis far more. Difficult to know if that was medication or circumstance. Had the immediate effect of boosting the effect of Venlafaxine (psychiatrist said this can happen).

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cristazmekenz
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Registered: January 2009
Tue January 27, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: NONE
CONS: NONE

A stupid psychiatrist in Asha Hospital, Hyderabad had put me on Risperidone 2 mg, Pacitane 2 mg as I was suffering with anxiety and agressiveness. I do not have any symptoms of Schizophrenia or Bopolar disorder. I stopped taking it since 4 months.The result is..it just RUINED my life. I can't FEEL anything..no PLEASURE..lost my unique nature..lost my personality and identity..not getting any thoughts..consciousness is reduced..not able to concentrate on any particular thing..unable to form ideas..difficulty understand simple things..chronic sleeplessness..stiff muscles..weight gain..sensory loss..memory got damaged..hearing is damaged.vision is dim...and lot more.This med is really FUCKING..I suggest no one to take this and I want to file lawsuit against the company who manufactured this rogue drug with these many dangerous and life threattening side effects..I will report to FDA to put it in block list and RUIN their business.

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Chreey
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Registered: September 2008
Posts: 2
Fri December 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: no side effects
CONS: didn't help with aggression or mania

My son didn't have as many depressed moods as he did manic and was still very aggressive.

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happy1
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 19
Sun November 30, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: controls self injurious impulses
CONS: doesn't control voices anymore

Risperdal failed after a two months. Had a psychotic relapse. Now I hate risperdal.

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Hermetic
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Registered: June 2008
Sun June 22, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Not many.
CONS: Extreme weight gain, insomnia, mood swings

Risperdal made me put on 20 Kilograms, which didn't do much for my body image and self worth. My mood became very unstable and I ended up overdosing on them. Overdosing on these meds was literally one of the worst and most uncomfortable experiences of my life.

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Angry
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Registered: June 2008
Sun June 22, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: ABSOLUTELY NONE....no kidding
CONS: Can destroy your life

This medication has RUINED my life. A good chunk of my humanity has literally been erased by f-ing Risperdal. My personality and identity have been damaged, my consciousness doesn't feel connected to my body, I can't feel ANY emotions (NONE, I'm not kidding), I have very little motivation or energy, my memory is shot, and so on and so forth. All the above STARTED just after starting the med, and never went away. Funny this is, I've been off the med for over a year and a half, and was only on the for two months to begin with. I am f-ing pissed. F*ck rispderdal, f*ck Jansenn, f*ck psychiatry, and f*ck me for having to deal with all the sh*t that risperdal caused.

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k3at5
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Registered: April 2008
Posts: 6
Tue May 6, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: i am currently on this medication, i find it very helpful it calms me down and slows my thought so i can think properly
CONS: makes me put on weight, and sometimes constipated

over all i believe that this medication is useful

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vulnerome
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Mongolia
Posts: 119
Thu November 1, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Greatly improved mood. Lot more stable. Not suididal anymore.
CONS: Gives me tiny hives that wake me most nights.

Feeling great on this, almost euphoric. Was a bit worried that things would get out of control or that I'd crash but instead I drifted into a slight melancholy and then back to a level mood from there. Just hope I can sort this rash. Feel there is a risk that I could do damage to myself as mood improved enough to plan things out etc.

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pyewacket
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Registered: October 2007
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 13
Mon October 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: kept thoughts clear
CONS: none

kept me from being paranoid

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bat7777
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Registered: September 2007
Sun September 23, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: knocks me out to sleep (i have terrible insomnia)
CONS: zombie state, detatched from reality

this medication did not do much for me aside from make me sleep 14 hours (at a dose of 3mg). after i awoke, i felt like a zombie for most of the day. not too interested in the weight gain, think i'll stick to seroquel. i am in disbelef that some take this drug every day... meds are supposed to lessen one's symptoms, not put them into a state of oblivion.

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Prada
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Posts: 26
Fri September 14, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Felt as if I could conquer the world.
CONS: disorientation

This was one of my favorite medications I was on. I had a combination of this and paxil. I was taken off of it because it made me feel so disoriented and lost.

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Susan27
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 154
Sun August 12, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: stops feelings of fragmentation
CONS: weight gain, increased appetite, emotionless

i'm on paxil and klonopin and riperdal was added because i felt fragmented in my emotions and thinking after several personal losses. it helps me with feelings of dissociating (feeling disconnected from myself or "looking" at myself from a distanced place) but also leaves me feeling lethargic and oftentimes numb. i'm not sure how i feel about it. definitely calms severe anxiety and panic attacks.

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frightened
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Registered: July 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 11
Wed August 1, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: at low doses,helps with depression and anxiety
CONS: increased blood sugars

I am using this to boost my anti-depressant and anxiolytic meds. It seems to help quite a bit. The blood sugars have gone up a bit, so I need to really watch carbs. (diabetic) I find that it also helps my sleep disturbance.

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anna_a
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Registered: July 2007
Posts: 9
Wed July 4, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: disorganised thinking, inability to concentrate, insomnia, weight gain (no change in appetite), lethargy, extreme mood swings

I would never recommend this drug to anybody.

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Nellie
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Registered: June 2007
Posts: 9
Wed June 27, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: ended manic episode
CONS: Felt listless and dull, like in a vegetative state; WEIGHT GAIN; constantly fatigued; sunk into a depressive episode after taking it for an extended period of time; was constantly thirsty and constantly had to

I was diagnosed with bipolar II over a year ago. I had a significant manic episode in September 2006, and my doctor gave me this to help ease the episode. I took 25 mg a day and my manic episode went away. I also have GAD so my doctor thought that it would help my anxiety. Well, it did for a while. But that was at the cost of feeling like an emotionless vegetable. After a couple months, I gained about 20 lbs, and I weighed more than I ever have in my life. Taking Risperdol was counterproductive because then I sunk into a depression (probably due to the side effects I was having!). I also felt like I had to pee all the time, and I was also always thirsty. I abruptly stopped taking it after I decided that it wasn't worth it anymore, and I lost the excess weight in no time. I figured that a lot of it was probably due to water retention. Overall, I do NOT recommend this drug AT ALL.

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conanrox
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Registered: March 2007
Sat March 24, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: helped with anger , made me feel calm
CONS: weight gain, hallucinations, paranoia, muscle spasms, numbness all over

The first time I took risperdal it made me hallucinate, I was seeing and hearing things as well as having the feeling that bugs were crawling on me and seeing them fly in my room. It put me in a zombie like state, I had no emotion. Physically, my whole body tingled and felt numb; I was very restless; and I had muscle spasms. I stopped taking it because of the side effects I experienced.

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Dave21
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Toronto, Ca
Posts: 24
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: apperantly clean,clear quite effective treatment with hardly any side effects (at all.)
CONS: some weight gain.

I felt since recovering from Schizophrenia this has been an very effective treatment (for me anyways). In fact symptoms are next to nil and this drug has actual worked clearly and effectively.. most people I think would tell you and I feel this is the best part of this medication is the best characteristic of Respiradal is the lack of side effects.. Some weight gain will come with this medicine but (as I've heard) not as quite as bad as Olazapine. There was this site rating by stars for a variety of mediciations I would -actually- give this treatment 5 stars.

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Wed February 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helped with urges
CONS: bad side effect

i actually liked this medicine until i went to a higher dose and started lactating... i found this medicine very helpful

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