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User Reviews for Risperidone

Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Perseris

Risperidone has an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 from a total of 642 ratings on Drugs.com. 40% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 37% reported a negative experience.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Bipolar Disorder  
6.1
167 reviews 32 medications
Schizophrenia  
5.2
129 reviews 49 medications
Anxiety  Off-label
4.9
64 reviews 54 medications
Autism  
5.4
62 reviews 7 medications
Depression  Off-label
5.0
50 reviews 78 medications
Schizoaffective Disorder  
5.5
47 reviews 27 medications
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  Off-label
6.8
30 reviews 5 medications
Borderline Personality Disorder  Off-label
5.3
26 reviews 28 medications
Asperger Syndrome  
5.1
16 reviews 2 medications
Paranoid Disorder  Off-label
4.8
14 reviews 5 medications
Mania  
6.2
10 reviews 15 medications
Agitation  Off-label
4.1
8 reviews 7 medications
Head Injury  Off-label
4.8
5 reviews 1 medications
Social Anxiety Disorder  Off-label
6.2
5 reviews 6 medications
Severe Mood Dysregulation  Off-label
6.5
4 reviews 3 medications
Tic Disorder  Off-label
5.0
4 reviews 1 medications
Nightmares  Off-label
1.0
1 reviews 2 medications
Summary of Risperidone reviews 5.5 642 reviews

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Reviews for Risperidone

Anxiousannie · November 18, 2019

For Anxiety: “Risperidone is a miracle drug for me. It has quite literally changed my life. My anxiety followed me everywhere I went, all day, every day. I felt like I had no control over myself or my life. I switched from abilify to risperidone about three months ago, and I'm like a new person. Night and day. I went from constant paralyzing anxiety and weekly panic attacks to having only occasional anxiety, and at a much more manageable level when I do get it. I actually can't believe how much better I feel. I'm crying as I write this because I am just so happy to be feeling the way I'm feeling. My thoughts no longer race, I can concentrate on one thing at a time, use logic to make calm and rational decisions, I'm no longer constantly nauseated, my compulsive behaviors have all but disappeared, and I have become a much happier and more open person. I feel a million pounds lighter. I am so grateful to risperidone for giving me my life back.”

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BrittC · Taken for less than 1 month · March 1, 2013

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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Ginkgo Leaf · Taken for 1 to 6 months · June 16, 2019

For Anxiety: “I was put on 2mg of risperidone as an adjunct to Mirtazapine for anxiety. I was incredibly reluctant to take it, it's an anti-psychotic after all, and I was terrified it would make me into a drooling zombie. For the first few days I felt awful. My anxiety turned into full-on paranoia and I could hardly think or speak clearly. Then suddenly I woke up and felt calm and collected. No more racing thoughts, no more battles inside my own head. I'm so grateful for this medication. My only regret is that I took so long thinking I could cure myself with exercise, faddy diets and supplements. I should have gone on this a long time ago. To anyone who is worried about going on this - don't be. When it works, it works brilliantly.”

10 / 10
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Joejoe78 · August 23, 2014

Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: “My son was on risperidone at 4 years old for aggression associated with Autism. This medication has changed his life. No more aggression and very happy. He is now 8 and doing great. We did attempt to take him off to see if he still needed the medication at age 7 and all his past behaviors, hitting, kicking, swearing, crying came back immediately. With my son we could not miss a dose and has to be given at the same time each day. He is now on 3x per day 0.5 given at school by nurse for afternoons. He has had no major side effects. He is very tall and very skinny. When he first got on the medication he became overweight, we changed his diet to more fruit and protein and the weight came off quickly. Highly recommend this medication.”

10 / 10
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Lowell123123 · Taken for less than 1 month · June 25, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “Yesterday I requested an emergency call from my Psychiatrist and she called this pill in because I was in a severe manic episode. I didn’t think it would work. Nothing has. Then the insurance didn’t pay for it. I was ready to go to a psych hospital at this point. Luckily I had a little bit of money and the pharmacy let me partially fill it because the effects are amazing. Literally stopped my manic episode dead in its tracks and two hours later I was feeling amazing! Like I said I was in such a bad manic episode and I have extreme anxiety too so I was literally ready to admit myself into a hospital and just give up on life altogether. But I’m self employed and own a business and I’m moving next week so I really didn’t want to wind up in a hospital or worse in jail for doing something crazy! This drug may have just saved my life altogether!”

10 / 10
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Jd · Taken for 1 to 6 months · February 1, 2020

For Anxiety: “Risperidone literally ruined my life before taking this drug I was outgoing and social but now I can't even talk to people or socialise it also makes me super depressed and anxious I wanna know if the side effects go away or is it permanent Ps:I wish I never took this drug”

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Sweetmelissa5250 · September 30, 2017

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “Risperidone has really helped me. I used to be either depressed or manic. My thoughts are clear and my mood is stable now. I would like to mention that I have not gain a single pound on this drug. Always, always, always... take this right before you lay down at night to go to sleep. Take this pill, then lay down and go to bed. That way, you will sleep your way through the munchies. I take it as though it is a sleeping pill and it works for me.. I just wanted to share, in hopes that this will help someone else, struggling with weight gain.”

9 / 10
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Ara · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 10, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone) for Schizophrenia: “Risperidone saved my life. Before it, I was suffering from delusions and I was paranoid all the time. But ever since being put on 2mg, all the delusions have stopped and I can function like a normal human being. I've had no side effects whatsoever. I was scared of starting risperidone because of all the negative reviews but it is honestly the best antipsychotic I have tried (and I've tried three). I haven't put on weight, I haven't got an increased appetite, I am not drowsy, I am not lazy or zombie like and I am not lactating.”

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James · June 12, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “Hello, my name is James and I have Bipolar type 1 disorder. I take 1200mg of lithium, 1mg of Risperdal, and 25mg of Quetiapine. When I initially started the Risperdal, it fired me up with the same effects that I’ve experienced on previous occasions with antidepressants. It also began to mess with my sleeping pattern. For example, I would constantly be waking up two hours before my scheduled time. The good news, however, is that these side effects which I endured were short-lived, and after 3 weeks, they settled down. Any issues that I had previously encountered with regards to psychotic features : Hearing voices and talking to myself excessively, impulsivity, and anxiety all seemed to vanish from the face of my earth.”

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Jd · February 1, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone): “This medication literally ruined my life I use to be outgoing and social but now I'm just really silent. It makes me feel really depressed and anxious lost passion for the things I love like music writing used to study finance but now I lost my drive to study I wanna know do the side effects go away or is it permanent and does it also make anyone else quiet to the point where it ruins your life”

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Lena7779 · January 11, 2013

For Anxiety: “Really helped me with severe anxieties and mood swings. Calms me down, makes me less irritated and obsessive, helps me fall asleep. Better to take it before going to sleep. I tried taking it in the morning and couldn't get through the day (feeling too sleepy and out of it). It works wonders for those with extreme emotions.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · June 29, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: “My son became aggressive when he hit puberty (age 11), so the psychiatrist put him on this. For the first 2 months I was happy with the results. But his aggression started increasing, and he became extremely aggressive over the next year. His psychiatrist attributed it to rising male hormones and kept increasing the dosage, until my son was on 8 mg/day. I finally had to have my son hospitalized, as he was a danger to me and others. I was fed up, so I changed psychiatrists. She prescribed Abilify, but it took weeks to wean my son off the Risperdal. However, once he was off it, he became the lovely boy he used to be. Every child is different, so keep that in mind!”

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Anonymous · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · September 2, 2018

Risperdal Consta (risperidone) for Schizophrenia: “Can't play sports any more on med. Can't think straight. Constantly tired. Don't even have enough drive to bathe myself. This drug suppresses me in all aspects. The schizophrenia isn't even that bad in comparison to this. It's torture being on this. One day society will see how bad we were mistreated .”

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Anonymous · February 17, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone) for Asperger Syndrome: “Our son has ADHD and Aspergers and often lost his temper and was irritable. We started him on 0.25mg of Risperdal each morning for 2 weeks and he is happy and sleeps better. To see him smiling and happy is worth it.”

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Simonh2024 · September 21, 2016

For Anxiety: “Had a severe nervous breakdown in 1998, I was a policeman and totally lost the plot. Whilst anti-depressants eventually took the depression away, I was left with chronic anxiety, so after therapy my doctor recommended this drug at 0.5 mg morning & evening. Before my mind was racing, but this drug stopped me in my tracks, it wasn't a nice first two weeks, I felt like a zombie, but after this time I suddenly woke up one morning and the World was a beautiful place again. No more severe panic attacks, no more dreaded thoughts, just peace in my life. As I say, the first two weeks were unpleasant but so glad I stuck it out. A little weight gain, variable bowel movements, and one other thing, don't overdo it with alcohol, not nice.”

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WonderBoy · Taken for less than 1 month · September 17, 2013

For Anxiety: “Started initially at low 0.5 mg nightly dose and it helped a little. Then went to 1.0 mg and within days felt an amazing sense of calm and peace. They say it is serotonergic at low doses. No side effects. It's a keeper.”

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Dad2 · September 26, 2013

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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gatinha · Taken for 1 to 6 months · May 14, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “I've tried a lot of different meds, my favorite by far is Lamictal but it stopped working after 10 years. I started risperidone a year ago. It makes me calm, I hardly get angry, I have no anxiety, and I have not had an episode since I started it. I feel great on it in general. The down side -- It makes me lazy, I'm so chill now that I'm totally comfortable just sitting on the couch. I feel relaxed and balanced but without the anxiety I have no reason to get up and "run it off". The biggest and worst issue I have with it is the damn weight gain. I've always been super fit and thin but now I have a belly that I just can't get rid of. If the it didn't work so well for my mood I would get off of it immediately to lose my weight. I would still recommend it and I won't be stopping it anytime soon.”

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James · Taken for 2 to 5 years · December 21, 2019

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “Risperdal saved my life. I was hospitalized two times with psychosis and this is what they gave me. It took a few weeks to really kick in. At first I was tired. I have been on the med for almost five years now. I am able to live a normal life although I still have some depression. I take 4mg risperdal which I just increased from 3mg because at times I would have mild hallucinations or delusions when tired or the like. They are almost non existent now, really just coming on if I have caffeine. I did gain weight but not meaningfully so. The trick is to watch your calories and exercise as much as possible. I would recommend trying this for severe psychosis. I also take 600mg lithium which seems to help my mood. I like to think that the lithium helps the brain from the damage risperdal can cause. Without risperdal I wouldn't be here by now. Everyday is a blessing and a gift!”

9 / 10
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MommyOne · May 26, 2019

Risperdal (risperidone) for Asperger Syndrome: “My son was given risperidone at ~age 6. Took it for 2 weeks. He became a blob. Sure, the teachers loved it. He was sweet, not hyper, easy to manage. Downside? Yeah, he was a blob of a kid just sitting there dull as can be and then on his tiny frame gained TEN POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS. Two. He couldn't even put his jeans on! OMG. I took him off of it... and he was back to being hyper, laughing, fun but annoying. So, suck it up, teachers. He just is what he is. Needless to say today, a few years later, after ABA therapy and other therapy he's just fine. Stay away. I also found out that Risperdal causes boys to sprout breasts and lactate. The next psych we had said NEVER put a boy on that medication... they grow breasts. So yeah, not a good med for us.”

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LRS179 · Taken for less than 1 month · August 29, 2015

Risperdal (risperidone) for Autism: “I have recently started my 25 yo son with autism Risperdal. He has taken it when he was 13, but due to the combination of anti depressants and no improvement in his violent behaviour we stopped, but he did improve verbally. After he refused to take anti depressants after 9 months of treatment with improvement made, he deteriorated over the next 7 months, We insisted he try Risperdal, immediate improvement, 3 weeks in and he is more verbal and calmer with no more aggression. He is sweet and happier again.”

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somaticbipolaranxiety · March 20, 2015

Risperdal (risperidone) for Bipolar Disorder: “This has to be the best medication (at least for me) for bipolar disorder, paranoia and anxiety. I have had bipolar episodes since my teens, now in my 30s and every time I have a bipolar episode, this medication almost works instantly, and what I mean by works instantly is snaps me out of my mania and unwanted thoughts quickly. It does take a few weeks to work fully but if you are someone who suffers from bad mania, this is the right medication for you. Luckily, I did not experience bad side effects from this medication. I have had some muscle stiffness in my neck, some twitching and muscle spasms and slight weight gain. Also, my menstrual cycle was thrown off. Also, it helped my somatic symptoms and I was able to live my life again A+++med”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 11, 2012

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.”

9 / 10
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Konnie8825 · Taken for less than 1 month · December 25, 2014

For Anxiety: “I'm amazed at how well this is helping me. I got postpartum anxiety and it was taking over my life I started to feel like I was going nuts and became withdrawn and sick mentally. I've been on this for four days now at a 1/2mg and it's worked wonders I feel like I'm getting my life back already.”

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Salnt · Taken for 1 to 6 months · December 17, 2014

For Anxiety: “I was given risperidone for anxiety and racing thoughts at night. I started at a low dose and worked my way up to 1.75mg a day(.5 in am and 1.25 at night). it works wonders for racing thoughts which makes my anxiety lower and helps me sleep at night.”

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