I started taking 1 mg of Risperdal on December 3rd. Stupidly, I didn't do research on it before taking it and found some scary things that made me want to get off it. So on December 8th I called my psychiatrist and he said to take 0.5mg for the next 3 nights and then stop taking it. My last day taking it was December 11th. The first day or two after that wasn't so bad but since the 13th or 14th I've been extremely anxious and depressed and having suicidal thoughts. Can someone tell me how long the withdrawal for this drug is?
Hi, Salim! There is no set time for discontinuation from psychotropic medications as there are many variables. Fortunately, you were on a very low dose for only a short period of time.
We can't post links on this site but you can Google "risperdal withdrawal mental health daily" for a very comprehensive article although it applies more to long term users.
Best regards and good luck to you. I hope you're feeling better quickly.
Risperdal is one of those drugs that really should only be prescribed if one is having psychotic symptoms. It is a very powerful drug that can cause serious damage even with short term use. There is no clinically proven withdrawal duration of anti psychotics. The research is far behind where it should be on stopping psychotropic drugs. Very few doctors recognize withdrawal as the serious issue it is and often mistakenly think it is simply a worsening of their original condition. Like wildcat said, you have thankfully been on the drug for a shorter time than most people are when they try to quit. The withdrawal could be days, weeks, months, or even years in some cases according to patient claims. I wish I could give you an exact date, but unfortunately that isn't possible because the research just isn't there yet.
Risperdal is only FDA approved for schizophrenia, bipolar mania, and irritability associated with autism. Anything else is considered off label. There is not enough research for it to be approved for any other conditions including anxiety and depression unless the anxiety or depression are direct results of psychosis.
I stopped taking risperdal 2 months ago and still have insomnia and depression as withdrawal effect. I hope I will get better in a month or so. I am so sorry man but it takes time.
- Risperdal Information for Consumers
- Risperdal Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Risperdal (detailed)
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