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User Reviews for Risperidone

Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab

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Risperidone Review Summary

6.6/10 Average Rating

73 Ratings with 60 User Reviews

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Reviews for Risperidone to treat Bipolar Disorder

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"Mentally this is great medicine but the weight gain is unbearable. Hoping to change my medicine without a psychotic episode."

   
7.0

Hollymart May 19, 2015

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Risperdal (risperidone): "This has to be the best medication (at least for me) for bipolar disorder, paranoia and anxiety. I have had bipolar episodes since my teens, now in my 30s and every time I have a bipolar episode, this medication almost works instantly, and what I mean by works instantly is snaps me out of my mania and unwanted thoughts quickly. It does take a few weeks to work fully but if you are someone who suffers from bad mania, this is the right medication for you. Luckily, I did not experience bad side effects from this medication. I have had some muscle stiffness in my neck, some twitching and muscle spasms and slight weight gain. Also, my menstrual cycle was thrown off. Also, it helped my somatic symptoms and I was able to live my life again A+++med"

   
10

somaticbipolaranxiety March 20, 2015

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"Good in low doses to maintain....but to use in high doses for mania...not effective....a lot of side effects"

   
5.0

zk (taken for less than 1 month) January 23, 2015

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Risperdal (risperidone): "I've been taking it for 2 weeks and I love it. Best thing I've taken. I feel more level and energetic than I have in years."

   
8.0

kayaksummer (taken for less than 1 month) October 18, 2014

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Risperdal (risperidone): "Made me "flat" and apathetic to everything. Also caused hyperprolactinemia leading to leaking breasts. Also caused me to gain 35 pounds over several months. Only marginally effective at treating the racing thoughts, etc."

   
2.0

Scorpionis (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 1, 2014

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Risperdal (risperidone): "Only been taking it for a week, but have noticed my mood stabilize. Experiencing, some of the side effects listed like muscle spasms, back pain, blurred vision, and difficulty moving my eyes at times."

   
7.0

Avantisis (taken for less than 1 month) August 23, 2014

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"I finally feel normal! My kids are so glad to have their mom back. After taking so many medicines for depression, I was finally diagnosed as bi-polar ll after I lost my job and was sent to the out patient day center. Best three weeks and my diagnosis led to Lamictal and finally Risperdal, the combination has changed my life. My moods and worry are normal and I don't think people are out to get me anymore. This medicine is great. So thankful, finally."

   
10

jjacks408 June 19, 2014

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"Last week I had gotten to the point where I was screaming at everyone about nothing and I smashed my phone against the wall. I wanted to smash the T.V to bits but was able to restrain myself. The next morning, I wrote a letter to the p doc, who added Risperdal to my other medicines, 1 mg morning, 1 mg night. The next DAY the anger and irritability went away. And it's helped with depression too!"

   
10

onceasissy June 17, 2014

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"I was hospitalized and put on this medicine approximately 2 years ago. I did great on this medicine. I did start the teeth grinding but not severe. I tried to give it up because of that side effect although I only did it while laying down getting ready for sleep and a few times during the day. I didn't get that exercise high anymore since it made me sort of sedated during exercise. I did get hungrier more often and gained about ten pounds but overall this medicine has decreased my anxiety and I hardly ever get panic attacks anymore. I tried other medicines but want to stay on this medicine because even though the side effects of weight gain etc. I love the way it relaxes me at night and helps me to sleep."

   
9.0

glad i was put on this medicine (taken for 1 to 2 years) June 1, 2014

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"I was prescribed risperidone for bipolar. It had the bonus side effect that it cured my lifelong non-stop painful bleeding fingernail biting. It also reduced my anxiety otherwise in the day and at night; I don't get overly excited about little things (good or bad), and I sleep 10 hours without waking every hour as before. I wish I could sleep less though. I am slow, naturally, to get things done, so losing 2-4 hours of awake time makes me noticeably less productive."

   
9.0

diwwin (taken for 2 to 5 years) May 1, 2014

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Risperdal (risperidone): "I must have tried at least a dozen different bipolar meds. This is by far the best. Has the least side effects and I am much more clear-headed than others. Love it."

   
9.0

Dkurtz (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 16, 2014

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"I find Risperidone(2mg at night) very agreeable and experience no side effects at all. I hve been on many meds for Bipolar and experienced drowsiness and fogginess on most of them but with Risperidone its almost as if I am taking nothing at all. There might be some slight weight gain but I started gaining weight when I was previously on Chlorpromazine so I cant be sure. I am also on 500mg Lithium, half in the morning and half at night. Have been taking resperidone for the past 6 months and I hope it prevents relapse which I have been having almost every two years in the past."

   
10

TheBMan (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 22, 2013

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Risperdal (risperidone): "This medication saved my life. Tried several different medicines over 10 years and none have worked better than Risperdal. I take escitalopram as well and have seen fantastic results. If I miss a dose I can tell very quickly within a few days as I don't sleep and feel really agitated and angry at the least little thing. Really helped control my mood swings and this combination has been great for me."

   
10

steve 8284matt (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 27, 2013

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"This medication turned out to be awful for my 16 year old daughter who has bipolar 2 with paranoia. She took 1 mg at bedtime for about 5 months and although it helped with extreme agitation, she had to increase dosage to 1.5 mg to keep outbursts under control. After increasing she slowly began gaining weight due to crazy carbohydrate cravings. She didn't want to change any medicines up, so we left it alone. She gained 10 lbs. in about two months and began lactating! She did not tell me about this until she had packed on an additional 10 lbs. in only one month (water?)! She began looking very swollen and puffy. Psych doctor changed her to Latuda and she has lost 9 lbs. in a week."

   
1.0

bp2Mom (taken for 6 months to 1 year) July 31, 2013

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Risperdal (risperidone): "I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder about 8 months ago and placed on Risperdal after ending up in the hospital due to a nervous breakdown, 6 weeks after my diagnosis. I was prescribed 0.5 mg in the morning and 1.0 mg in the evenings, but I felt like a zombie. It did curb the severe mood swings, and I also gained about 10 pounds in the first month. I didn't like feeling disconnected from the world and not being able to focus or concentrate, so I independently reduced my evening dose to 0.75 mg. I immediately felt better. I'm still struggling with a low sex drive, depression and have a few moments of hypomania (restlessness, agitation, "geeked up"), so now my doctor wants me to go on Depakote 500 mg twice a day instead."

   
7.0

DAMcMillan June 27, 2013

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Risperdal (risperidone): "It works great at regulating my moods while not making me feel like a zombie."

   
10

manic_rage (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 27, 2013

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Risperdal (risperidone): "I've never had anything that helped my extreme anger and irritability. This has. I've had very minimal side effects. I finally feel "normal" after being on fifteen different medicines over the duration of ten years."

   
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Skyberg June 10, 2013

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"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."

   
9.0

Anonymous35 January 26, 2013

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Risperdal (risperidone): "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."

   
9.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 11, 2012

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Risperdal (risperidone): "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."

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) December 6, 2012

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"Great!!! Just plain works"

   
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adagwan (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 1, 2012

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Risperdal (risperidone): "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. "

   
5.0

ruben310 (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 18, 2012

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"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."

   
4.0

Jenna5960 (taken for less than 1 month) August 13, 2012

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Risperdal (risperidone): "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."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 23, 2012

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Risperdal (risperidone): "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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Brittany Danielle. May 6, 2012

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