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Risperdal

(risperidone)

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Helps control your thoughts and mood.

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Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

Quick facts about Risperdal
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (risperidone)
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Upsides

  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
People’s experience with Risperdal

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Downsides

  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
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How it works

Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic that changes dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which can affect your thoughts and mood.

Quick facts about Risperdal
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (risperidone)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
People’s experience with Risperdal

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What to expect when you take Risperdal (risperidone) for Psychiatric conditions

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Side effect rates for Risperdal (risperidone)

222 
From clinical trials of Risperdal / Autistic disorder (0.5-4 mg per day)
  • Sedation
  • Increased appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Involuntary urination
  • Drooling

Risks and Warnings for Risperdal (risperidone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Elderly patients with dementia

    Older patients with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death when treated with antipsychotic medications. Most deaths appeared to be related to the heart (eg, heart failure, sudden death) or infectious (eg, pneumonia) in nature. Risperdal (risperidone) is not approved to treat dementia-related psychosis.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Risperdal (risperidone)

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Alcohol
  • Zero sex drive, could not touch alcohol, sedated to the point where sleeping pretty much the entire day, could not drive feeling safe on it, makes you feel sloppy. Terrible drug, can not live a normal life at all on it.
Food
  • I take it only twice a week .5 at a time for prevention of break through symptoms. I experience only about 1-2# weight gain that I can work off the rest of the week. When I am in a serious state of mania, I take 1-3mg day. This ALWAYS works
Pain
  • It made me incredibly agitated and restless...like it hurt my hips to sit still. (Akathisia, I think it is called.) I had to take Benadryl to take the edge off of not being able to sit still. Then I started lactating...and I haven't nursed in over 2 years. Not worth it for me
Sleep
  • Risperdal (risperidone) can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use caution when driving, operating machinery or performing harzardous activities until you know how Risperdal (risperidone) affects you.
Weight
  • Risperdal (risperidone) can cause weight gain, and increase your blood sugar or cholesterol. If you're at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholestetrol, talk to your doctor about ways to lower your risk such as routine exercise and eating healthy.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) may cause weight gain, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar which should be treated.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Too many side effects for me, had to stop. Caused blurry vision, weight gain, and a slew of other crap.
  • Serious weight gain
  • Weight gain is awful. About 40 lbs in 6 months but it keeps my mania and irritability under wraps so I guess I have to pick an evil.