Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab
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risperidone for Schizoaffective Disorder: This medicine has really helped me. I have been on it for a bit over a week and I am already noticing a big difference- the racing thoughts have slowed, my paranoia is a bit more subdued, the auditory hallucinations have calmed, my mood has stabilized, and it has helped in being more sociable. One side effect I had was just dry mouth and possible cholesterol level increases. Not sure about that, but will ask my psychiatrist about such question. I am also taking citalopram for my anxiety and depression.
risperidone for Autism: My youngest son has taken it for meltdowns for some time now. He sleeps better too. It has caused him to gain some weight. My oldest son was on ADHD medication for years, when he reached puberty it caused many problems. So the Doctor prescribed risperidone for him too, and it has helped him gain so much self control. They are both in high school and doing well.
risperidone for Depression: After getting used to the medicine, which took a couple of weeks of confusion, I began to realize my problems with 35 years of depression, especially bad in the last five years, went away like magic! My focus also improved. I cannot tell you how good it feels not to go to those deep, dark thoughts, lack of motivation, and an "I don't care" attitude. Being able to stay present in a pleasant world I had missed for so long is a wonder, and I had no idea it treated depression. The only problem I have with it is, it makes the muscles in my legs, both above and below the knees, to hurt quite a bit. If the makers ever go back to tinkering with its chemistry, stopping the pain would be smart, with a super-low start dose recommended.
Risperdal Consta (risperidone) for Schizophrenia: I've been on this injection for nearly 3 years, at first it seemed like it wasn't working and after going off my medications once before I didn't find that there was much of a change but after 3 months or so I started sleeping at night peacefully without the constant confusion and voices in my head. I also had started doing a better job at work and was able to focus on doing simple tasks which then seemed impossible.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: My son is almost 4 he is autistic and his violent rage got completely out of control his pediatrician perscribed Risperidone for him about a week ago and so far the results have been mind blowing. He is on 1mL once daily he has had minimal side effects (tremors, fatigue) however the aggression, outbursts, meltdowns and violence has ceased completely. He is also non-verbal and I do not know if this medicine is a contributing factor but in the last week alone my son has started repeating words and even sang his ABC's out of no where. This has been a God send for us!
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risperidone for Bipolar Disorder: I like Risperdol for the most part because it completely calmed me down in the thick of two manic episodes. It is the first medication I tried for bipolar I (besides Lamictal for depression symptoms), and the first try was a charm! It stops both the mania and paranoia I was having during my episodes. I am on 4 mg at night. It is a miracle, but I gave it a 9 and not a 10 because it knocks me out.
risperidone for Anxiety: Really helped me with severe anxieties and mood swings. Calms me down, makes me less irritated and obsessive, helps me fall asleep. Better to take it before going to sleep. I tried taking it in the morning and couldn't get through the day (feeling too sleepy and out of it). It works wonders for those with extreme emotions.
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Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: I feel calm all of the time. With the exception of some grave disaster, nothing gets me down. I feel normal for the first time. I haven't gained any weight either. Sometimes I do get the munchies. When this happens, I eat a bunch of grapes, celery or fat free/sugar free pudding made with fat free milk. You don't have to gain weight. I gave it a 9 because I don't like how sedating it is.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: I have been dealing with my son who is only 6 years old and is on it a second time around and since the doctor has doubled his doses in the morning and at night that now he hardly hears the voices anymore and he can start to function again but he is not able to do school yet since he has other issues and gotta still get him the help so he can be able to be in society and be able to do school so he can get his education.
Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
risperidone for Autism: My son has high functioning autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, aggression disorder, and sensory issues. He was diagnosed at age 3. He started Risperidone soon after his diagnosis. It worked wonders for 6 months or so. His behaviors and meltdowns were better but it did not help with the OCD. After 3 months we had to increase the dose and his symptoms started to get worse gradually. Then at 6 months he started to tell us he had ants crawling on him and his heart was beeping. He went through heart tests and they were fine. The doctor said that the medicine was causing him to see things and maybe have anxiety to have rapid heart rate. He was taken off and put on Prozac which didn't help and now he's on Zoloft and Abilify which aren't doing anything.
risperidone for Asperger Syndrome: I was to take 0.50mg each morning as I did. Here is how risperidone effected me: I would wake up during the night severely sweating, when trying to go to bed I would get shocks, it made me feel so bad and I did not want to do anything.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: My son was put on Risperidone when he was three and half years old. It has helped him some, but he was is still extremely aggressive and would take off running out into road and parking lots. So, his psychiatrist said he had to put in psych. ward to try new medicine. They upped his risperidone to 0.50mg twice a day and added Depakene 205mg. twice a day. He's still very aggressive and out of control and moody. He's only 5 and in 12 more inches he's going to be as tall as me.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: I'm an social drinker and after 3 months of taking Risperdal, I can't get a buzz or even drunk. Viagra doesn't work either. It's like it took the pleasure out of my system but now my libido is coming back after a couple of months. I had the doctor change my medicines. Hopefully the new ones does a better job with my pleasure. On month 2 I was zombie like but now I'm almost back to normal.
Review by Jenna5960 (taken for less than 1 month):
risperidone for Bipolar Disorder: I have been on risperidone for about a week. I started getting chest pain on the second day but didn't think it was the medication until I was able to see a pattern between taking it and when they would occur. As of day 6 and 7 I am horribly hungry night and day. It also makes me sleepy during the day which is a pain since I have a young child. My inner anger, which was the main reason I was put on this has subsided though, so I'm going to withstand these symptoms a bit longer and see what happens.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: I have been taking it for about 3 months now, and it works very well. I do not have those strong unrealistic negative scenarios anymore, no voices, no feeling like disappearing, all that is gone, and it minimized my unreasonable fears. I do have long moments of almost total lack of emotions, and I do not feel much in general (I used to be an enthusiastic person) but I do not mind for now, it was terrible not to be able to control inexplicable feelings. I did not gain weight (just a bit, but I also take Wellbutrin). My only concern is how I am going to be when I stop taking this medicine.
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risperidone for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Risperidone has a noticeable effect on my post traumatic stress disorder and also on my rage. The only real problem I have is weight gain. I read the reviews as soon as I was prescribed the medicine and I thought, "How hard can it be to keep my weight under control?" Answer...very hard! I've gained about 20 pounds. My pants are very uncomfortable trying to stuff all my fat into pants designed for a smaller waist size. Next Drs. visit I will see about other options.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: This was clearly not the medicine for me. The sleeping for 2 days once I went on it thing was okay. I needed it. But it made me so hungry that I gained 30 pounds, so tired that When I took this I cared about nothing, so bored and apathetic so quickly that my life felt without meaning. I began lactating 3 weeks in, and I couldn't concentrate on school. If anything, I got more paranoid...no voices, but OCD and paranoia and agitation through the roof. I was on 0.5 mg in the beginning and eventually went up to 3 mg.
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Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: I was experiencing awful symptoms including visual and auditory hallucinations. I also had problems with "feeling" something crawling all over me. I felt like someone had taken advantage/control over my physical being. I was scared for my life, wondering if my hallucinations were real. Luckily, this medication has cleared these thoughts, and made the hallucinations better, but one moment clearly pointed out to me that the medication hadn't done any harm. I was laying in bed, and I started to laugh uncontrollably because I could actually lay there and listen to the quiet sounds all around me. I wasn't distracted by voices.
Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: I was on this for about 6 months when I was 15. It's the only thing that has worked for me. I was able to go to school. Had great relationships with everyone. Only had one bad mood swing and I was having them everyday before I got on it. But I also gained 20 pounds and I could never get enough to eat. I've tried about everything and this was the only thing that helped. It doesn't make you feel funny or blank like a lot of them. But if you eat healthy and can ignore the always wanting something to eat feeling, this is an amazing medicine and will change your life.
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risperidone for Schizophrenia: I was 21 years old when I took Risperdal. 3 months later I had weight gain and uncontrolled full body tremor. I was in hospital then. It was an extrapyramidal side effects to me. My doctor gave me Seroquel XR and I felt myself much better, but I have side effects too.
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