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Review by katydid47 (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
6.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: I was on risperidone for over a year. I suffer from severe manic depressive bipolar disorder with schizoaffective episodes. The medication along with an antidepressant helped with the delusions (visual and auditory). But the weight gain was immense in one year I gained over 60 pounds. I weigh over 300 pounds now and the depression is worse. I have osteoarthritis in both knees that with the weight have been severely debilitating. Preparing meals, doing daily activities are almost impossible. Standing for more than ten minutes is excruciating. I suggest to use caution with the increase in weight this medicine can cause.

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February 28, 2014 11:24 AM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: I first went on this medication in March of 2013 and almost a year later, I've had to adjust it 3 times, going up to 4 finally. When I first started, I was sent into a manic like state for several hours, but after about a week, I started to sleep more than I ever did. I usually only got about 3 hours of sleep each and every night, starting from when I was 12 and up until I started Risperidone, which is when I was 18. It has helped with every single thing that was wrong with me, the delusions, hallucinations, dissociation, and homicidal feelings. I would definitely suggest trying this if you haven't yet. It worked wonders with me.

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February 19, 2014 6:47 PM
Review by Dkurtz (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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.

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January 16, 2014 1:06 AM
Review by beantree: User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Mania: My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago. As the disease progressed so did her paranoia anxiety and sundowners syndrome. She was put on Celexa which only made her sleep all day and have horrific nightmares. The doctor put her on Rispersal and her behaviors changed overnight. She became manageable, and helpful and no more sundowners. Her sleep pattern improved and the night terrors ceased. She has past recently from heart failure but our last year together was much improved

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November 4, 2013 10:14 PM
Review by Anonymous 42 yr old F: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: I'm talking this after a few antipsychotics didn't work and I was hospitalized a few times for the first time in my life. My bipolar diagnosis changed to Schizoaffective disorder then Schizophrenia. The delusions paranoia was very scary. I was on 2 mg for awhile with Ativan and celexa, and I gained weight over the course of all the medicines, but it needed it, weight gain stopped when I stopped celexa. No paranoia. Now im taking 1 1/2 mg and have less anxiety, on a day I went back to 2 mg I had more. I still have anxiety and will ask my dr to increase my Ativan from 2 back to 3 mg, or lower my risperdal down to 1 mg a I am also on lithium and have hand tremors from that and risperdal, but feel stable it's so worth it. I'm staying on it

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November 2, 2013 10:47 AM
Review by Dad2: User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: My 4 year old takes 0.5mg dissolvable tablets twice a day. It has helped a little with sleep, but more with aggression. The pharmacy changed it to a off name brand, he's aggression got 3 times worse. He's doctor switched it to name brand and he was back to normal. I was told that this is common with some off brands. We can't believe there's that big a difference.

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September 26, 2013 3:29 PM
Review by steve 8284matt (taken for 1 to 2 years): User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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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August 27, 2013 3:13 PM
Review by gmura11 (taken for 2 to 5 years): User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: This has been a miracle for me, it keeps my mind calm and in balance. I had delusions coupled with moderate to severe mood disturbances and this puts me back on the normal spectrum.

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July 23, 2013 2:03 PM
Review by DAMcMillan: User Rating:  
   
7.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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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June 27, 2013 8:37 PM
Review by manic_rage (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
10

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

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June 27, 2013 2:48 AM
Review by anote2me12: User Rating:  
   
9.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizoaffective Disorder: Risperdal is my miracle. I put on about 30 pounds in the course of 18 months but that is nothing as to the improvement it has made on my mental well being. Gone are the sleepless nights staring at the ceiling, delusions of grandeur, and being overly worried about life's ups and downs. The psychosis has diminished to the point where I no longer need medication to remain stable. If symptoms ever return, I know this is the medication for me. Also no unpleasant side effects from coming off it.

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June 14, 2013 4:20 AM
Review by Skyberg: User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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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June 10, 2013 6:35 PM
Review by BrittC (taken for less than 1 month): User Rating:  
   
9.0

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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March 1, 2013 11:31 AM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
9.0

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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December 11, 2012 1:59 PM
Review by nostergaard (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizophrenia: I have used Risperdal several times over the last few years. Originally, I was taking it for ruminating thoughts (I call it busy head) and difficulty sleeping. It definitely helped slow down my thoughts and allowed me to sleep better. After my son was born, I was having some postpartum depression and went back on Risperdal. It helped with the kindling and agitation, but I did gain about 10-15 pounds on it. When I stopped the medication, the weight fell off. Most recently, I'm using it as an adjunct therapy to Neurontin and Trileptal for agitation and anxiety. I have emetephobia and this has been the only thing that has allowed me to be around my phobia and not have a panic attack and an ER visit. I do not like the weight gain.

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December 7, 2012 12:34 PM
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.

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December 6, 2012 2:54 PM
Review by Anonymous: User Rating:  
   
4.0

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.

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September 27, 2012 11:47 AM
Review by ruben310 (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
5.0

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.

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September 18, 2012 11:10 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
8.0

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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July 23, 2012 9:12 PM
Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
4.0

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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June 19, 2012 5:49 PM
Review by dee-carol-m (taken for 1 to 6 months): User Rating:  
   
6.0

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.

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May 18, 2012 8:12 PM
Review by Brittany Danielle.: User Rating:  
   
10

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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May 6, 2012 1:43 PM
Review by lrjohnson: User Rating:  
   
3.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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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April 18, 2012 3:04 PM
Review by rebecky: User Rating:  
   
6.0

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: 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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April 13, 2012 8:48 PM
Review by saphirevirgo: User Rating:  
   
10

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: This is the only medication I have found that has worked in combination with my other medications in ten years for my bi polar and I'm very pleased with the results!

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January 24, 2012 12:54 PM
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