They have now diagnoised me with bipolar instead of the original depression.I originally only suffered from anxiety which has now only progressed. I also am taking valium daily. I am scared from all thqt i have read. I couldnt afford the 300 dollars for the abilify so they have switched me to risperidone.What should i expect?
I am also bipolar with other illnesses. It is all a trail and error on which meds will help you out. Everyone is different so just because it works for one it will not always work for you. So are the side effects it all depends on the individual. Just try it for a month and see how well you tolerate it. If you don't do will your prescribing doctor will look for another one to try and keep doing so till the right one is found. I was also on abilify and loved it but had to stop due to hx of diabetes. So sad to have stopped it. I hope you will find the right combo of meds soon.
HI i have been taking risperidone for 7 years and my health has improved but for one thing it is not easy to stop. from 2 milligrams to 1 i am having trouble sleeping. therfore i have a light anxious day. this is expected but i need my sleep for work. i hoped this has helped you. if you have a solution for me please post.
I am also on risperidone for my bipolar condition. I am also taking an antidepressant, xanax, and ambien. I have several medical conditions as well. My psychiatrist first 1mg and then we went all the way upto 6mg which worked miracles for me. I went to bed everynight at 10 and woke up at 7am on the dot. My manic episode finally subsided. Risperidone is also a very expensive drug so I hope your insurance covers it. Although I am being taken off of most my medications, it truly is trial and error. I went through several medications until we found the right ones that worked for me. The only side effect that I won't tolerate is impotence. Good luck.
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