... use to take 6mg of risperidone but my new psychiatrist felt that was to high and took me down to .25mg twice daily. Anybody else taking these similar drugs? What are your thoughts. I am seeing a new psychiatrist. The risperidone is for my manic episodes which I am currently in another one
I'm hoping you meant 2.5mg rather than .25mg twice a day, otherwise that is quite a hefty drop and might explain why you are feeling manic. The literature states the following for risperidone:
For use in the short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder:
Initial Dose: 2 or 3 mg orally once a day.
If needed, dosage adjustments should occur at intervals of not less than 24 hours in dosage increments/decrements of 1 mg per day.
With a maximum of 6mg per day.
I would let the doctor know that you are experiencing mania and consider increasing the medication. No need to suffer the consequences of a manic episode.
I am bipolar and I take 120 mgs of lamictal and .25 of resperidone and it has done wonders. I haven't had a manic or depression episode since I started. 6 mgs of resperidone is too much. Here's why, they just found out that lamictal increases the plasma concentrations of resperidone in your blood. That means that if your taking 1 mg you might actually have 2mg or more in your system. 2ndly that is a big drop in doses he should have weaned you down to .25 over a course of at least a month. What were they thinking? Of course your Gunna have a manic episode your withdrawing from resperidone. I'm here to help so let me know anything else I can do I understand the highs and lows they suck.
Bipolar, of which there are several flavors, is not the same for everyone, hence the large numbers of meds to treat this miserable disease. Each of us have our own opinions as to what works best. Keeps the shrinks guessing and in business. Let's all try to be there for each other, but do not think your personal experience with Bipolar is the same as the next.
I was diagnosed when I was 13 and am now 56. I raised my kids, kinda had a normal life for a while, then off out in space. So... on we go... maybe a cure?
The Bipolar Hippie
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