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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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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splitimage
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 6334
Sun February 18, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: really helped with dissociation & paranoia
CONS: lactation sucks & threw my menstrual cycle completely out of whack

Despite the side effects It really helps me stay in reality.

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Outtolunch
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Registered: November 2006
Location: SC
Posts: 9
Sun November 19, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $2.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: took away the delusions and hallucinations, no weight gain, could sleep
CONS: prolactin levels through the roof, stopped menstruating

I really liked this med for what it did for me. I was myself again, finally. Unfortunately I was forced to stop taking it due to its prolactin increases which became unhealthy for me. I was sad to change from it. I recommend it, however, to others who have no problems with increased prolactin.

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kim7
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Alabama
Sun November 5, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

IT MADE ME LACTATE.

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ccpaz
Newly Joined

Registered: October 2006
Location: North West
Tue October 24, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: lost my appetite
CONS: disorganized thinking, irritability, i think it made my body fluid smell bad

I only took this for a week, right after getting off lithium. During that week I spit out everything I ate. While taking the medication I could smell my brother (he is skitzophrenic so all the medication he takes makes his sweat smell rancid) and I didn't like that. My irritability level was at its peak, I was very "snappy" and was letting out random bursts of pissed and i was very disgusted with my mood in general. not a great time. I can't really tell how it was considering that during the short time I took them, my friend killed herself, i was upset I had gained 15 pounds, and a couple of the nights I drank alcohol.. and I rarely drink.

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prodigiousgamer
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Registered: October 2006
Location: tampa, fl
Posts: 45
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: none
CONS: moderate to severe side effects including drowsiness and lethargy

i did not like this medication at all. it had awful side effects including lethargy, drowsiness, and vertigo. i would not recommend these treatment to anybody based on my personal experiences. i experienced only a slight reduction of my anxiety due to the lethargy which the medicine caused.

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AlteredState01
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1061
Tue October 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Very calming
CONS: Weight gain

I have tried many anti-psychotics and they all have the same effect - slowed me down to the point of being in a constant vegetative state (even at low dosages).Rapid weight gain experience (again, without change in diet).I WON'T TAKE ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE ME GAIN WEIGHT - I HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS ALREADY.

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eskielover
just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11002
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS: effected blood pressure

I was given this as resperidone while hospitalized at UCLA. They gave me a small dose at night & after waking up in the morning, I passed out from what was thought to be a drop in my blood pressure. That ended that treatment immediately.

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lenjan
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Registered: April 2004
Location: Milky Way galaxy
Posts: 4572
Sat September 9, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $6.25| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: takes the edge off extreme emotions
CONS: major appetite increase

I was on Risperdal for years and had a really good time with it. It's known to make some people excessively sleepy, but I never had a single side effect. It never took much to settle me down (I took it to help with self-harm urges).EDITED 3/1/07 TO ADD:I was taken off Risperdal in September 2006 and put back on it in January 2007. It went from working beautifully for me, with no side effects, to working sort of OK but causing huge weight gain (which I hadn't had the first time around). Until my employer switched to new prescription insurance, I had to pay the entire cost upfront and get reimbursed -- $188 for a 30-day supply of 2 mg pills. I have to say, I don't like it THAT much anymore....but it did knock out the horribly manic episode I was having.However, I don't feel as well on it as I did the first time, and the price is still prohibitive (now I have to pay 20% of the total, which is $75 a month for this stuff!).

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mspearl
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 1
Thu September 7, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS:
CONS:

Causes problems with blood sugar levels,noticable If you are just borderline diabetic.Getting lightheaded and passing out,have trouble taking enough medicine to be effective without It having a drastic effect on your blood sugar.Not worth It....

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AngelwithOCD
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Registered: July 2006
Location: Alabama, USA
Posts: 37
Thu August 10, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $6.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: can help calm you
CONS: makes you drowsy, can cause bad reactions

It calmed me down some, and helped me sleep at night, but it also made me have bad muscle spasms and other bad nuerologic reactions that could have been permanent if they were not caught in time.

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Sarah116
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Registered: August 2006
Posts: 1449
Tue August 8, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: -
CONS: -

It was nice I actually started to feel better, would love to try it again. (no longer taking reason not specified)

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