I am about to take my first dose of risperidone. I've had some really bad reactions to many medications in the past, but I haven't given up yet. Researching this med online, I read many comments about significant weight gain - even going from underweight to massively obese. This concerns me greatly for several reasons. One practical reason is that I am in a wheelchair and sometimes need a little assistance. Being petite makes it easier for people to help me. Is there a dosage where the weight gain issue seems to increase?
26 Apr 2012
I took Risperdal, an anti-psychotic for two weeks and gained 50 pounds. That's called RAPID weight gain. I was never able to take it off. It landed around my middle and I now have a "gut." My doctor said it's called the "psychotropic beer belly." I refused to take it anymore. I'm bipolar with psychosis. I gained 60 pounds on Depakote, a mood stabilizer. I lost 30 pounds right away when I went off it. I could never get the other 30 pounds off. Recently, I was put on Saphris, an anti-psychotic. I gained 20 pounds in three weeks. That makes 150 pounds total. I'm manic again and am seeing my psychiatrist this Friday. I'm going to tell her I refuse to take any weight-gainers. When are the drug companies going to have some sympathy for the mentally ill and create psychotropics that don't make you get: FAT, RETAIN WATER, CONSTIPATED, DRY MOUTH, DRY EYE, etc., etc., etc.
When you put on weight and you're mentally ill, it just makes things worse. I got very depressed. I was put on Cymbalta, an anti-depressant. It made me go manic. It's a vicious cycle. I wish you the best. Remember, since you're in a wheelchair -- you won't be able to work weight off by exercising. I have a friend in that situation.
- Risperidone Information for Consumers
- Risperidone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Risperidone (detailed)
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