Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab
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risperidone: 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.
Review by steve 8284matt (taken for 1 to 2 years):
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.
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risperidone: 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.
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.
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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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risperidone: 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.
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.
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Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
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.
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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.
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Review by Jenna5960 (taken for less than 1 month):
risperidone: 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): 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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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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Risperdal (risperidone): I was given this medicine while I was in a mental hospital for my bipolar disoder. In fact, that's when I was diagnosed and then they started me on it. The first 2 weeks I felt like a zombie. I had no feelings or desires...nothing. Just blank. Then after about 3 or 4 months after I started I began lactating and now because of it I have no sex drive. I have been off of it for about 4 1/2 months and my sex drive still has not returned.
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Risperdal (risperidone): I've taken the medicine for a month and I do notice my mood is a lot better. I have gained 16 pounds almost. It makes me very hungry when I take it. My doctor moved me from 0.05mg per day to 1 mg per day because of my horrible anxiety. It does help but not all day. I plan to still give it more time. The weight gain is not exactly good though.
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risperidone: I've been on risperidone for 10 years. The positive is that it controlled my mania quickly in hospital. The negitive is that as a maintenance antipsychotic it's caused tension and spasm in my hands and legs. This has been helped by lower doses but then it only has to increase when my mood elevates.
Risperdal M-Tab (risperidone): Mania and depression are basically non-existent while taking this medicine. It does make you a little sleepy, but other than that, I've experienced no serious side-effects. You may find that your sex drive goes down a notch at first while taking it. That went away after my body and mind got used to the medicine.
I have better concentration and self-value on this drug. I also no longer freak out and leave busy rooms full of people. I can actually deal with social situations without people thinking that I'm a freaking lunatic.
I love this drug. It's changed my life around.
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risperidone: I'm 50 and for the first time in my life can have a life. Been on Risperdal 3mg for almost two years. I can handle stressful things now, can go into walmart without flippen out. I suffer from post trautmatic stress disorder bi-poler and severe depression. I cried all the time. I could not go shopping or hold a job. Now nothing realy upsets me. I feel like living now.
risperidone: They gave me this medication in combination with Klonopin when I was in the hospital. It calmed me down right away, but it gave me the shakes and made me gain weight--from 115 to 130. Seroquel made me gain weight from 130-145, so now I hope the next medication is going to counteract all of this. Best of luck.
risperidone: I noticed my bipolar disorder around puberty. It took years of trying and waiting out different kinds of medications. 3 years later I found the right ones, after serious depression, rage and manic episodes. Including suicidal thoughts, hurting people and self in bouts of serious rage. For 7 years I've been taking 20mg Lexapro for depression, 120mg Lamictal for mania and 0.25mg risperidone to help me chill and sleep at night. It's worked great. But lately I've been having terrifying nightmares and trouble sleeping so I was just prescribed 0.5mg of risperidone.
Risperdal (risperidone): This medicine was prescribed to me for bipolar disorder, along with irritability problems, serious anger was becoming a problem. I read these reviews after being prescribed and I can honestly say that I was not one who felt its benefits immediately. This medicine takes 3 to 4 weeks to fully affect you. So far the main thing I have noticed is that I feel more balanced, and have not had an over the top anger explosion. This medicine in combination to my others seems to be helping overall. Everyone's own body is a chemistry set, you just have to try things in combination with others and see if it helps.
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Risperdal (risperidone): This medication was not good for me. My Doctor added this to the Depakote I was already taking to help with irritability and aggressiveness. This turned me into a zombie. Walked around in a fog the whole time I was on it. Still irritable and more so because I couldn't focus. Experienced nightmares, anorgasmia. When I could keep an erection and had an orgasm, had no ejaculate. Really scary. Took it for 2 weeks and then stopped taking it. Bad for me. May help someone else.
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