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User Reviews for Risperidone to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Perseris

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Risperidone Rating Summary

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6.6/10 Average Rating
25 ratings from 29 user reviews

Compare all 16 medications used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Reviews for Risperidone

Tony May 5, 2020


2 / 10
Robin April 6, 2020

“On risperidone I have notice I'm a lot better when it come to PTSD. Calmer in situations that I used to react with impulses that is negative to me. No weight Gain, just try to stick with the healthier options of food. :) Have notice its easier to gain weight but that just made me understand I have to control it. Anyway my ADHD , PTSD and psychotic behaviour is much better. Feel normal now and thats is a miracle to me.”

10 / 10
Dani · Taken for less than 1 month November 19, 2019

“Made me so dizzy, spaced out and groggy I hated it.”

1 / 10
Kit August 16, 2019

“I was given this risperidone at hospital. I had acid reflux already from meds & stress. This drug helped with the depression takes edge off but soon it shut down my bowels and gave me acid reflux so bad my throats burnt and can’t breathe. Even on laxatives I don’t go and the heartburn has me unable to move. Spent lots of money on enemas and other tummy meds told to stick with it after 3 months, but losing my hair and body inflammation to degree I shake can’t move from it inflaming me so much. My bowels don’t move now it’s like having severe toilet issues in guts but all friggin day. I also can’t orgasm or feel my pelvis now. Several months.”

Squizzy · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 9, 2019

“I have been on Respirodone for a number of years now. I was on tablets then due to non compliance I am now getting injections once a month. So they are now giving me the injections free of charge. The side effects that I am getting outweigh what it is supposed to do. The side effects that I am getting are:- destructive and irreversible complications, such as erectile dysfunction, inability of the penis to stay erect - I told my Psychiatrist that I had issues with getting an erection they insisted that it wasn't from the medication. heartburn - Yes blurred vision - Yes dry skin - Yes Dizziness yes mental/mood changes (anxiety, restlessness), - Yes Yes increased thirst and urination depressed mood; - Yes I was on Valoraote as a mood stabilizer but that gave me diarrhea so I stopped taking it and the diarrhea has stopped.”

1 / 10
Mattycat · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 13, 2019

“Doctor put me on this Escitalopram 10mg and it is not for me ! But the Risperidone works great , it keeps me calm and collective. I want to be on the lowest dose possible for ptsd anxiousness anxiety and mood swings. It has helped me a lot, but putting on weight is going to be annoying”

Peter245 · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 21, 2019

“BEST add on Antipsychotic ever in conjunction with SSRI Zoloft. Only downfalls are the zombie sleepy like effects that occur after you take the tablet, but next morning you might feel a lil groggy but it passes quick. It also severely increases appetite and desire to search for food and chocolate. But for OCD/Flashbacks it is well, I cannot comment on its efficacy as a standalone medication but added on with a SSRI, it is fantastic. I used to be on 3MG, stopped for a while, Doctor put me back on 2mg.”

Mathew alcoholic · Taken for less than 1 month September 23, 2018

“God bless you .. Hi everyone who is reading this , I have PTSD anxiety disorder and worry ,panic and depression and mental struggles. I’m a active alcoholic but attempting to quite drinking. I have PTSD and anti social anxiety disorder ”

7 / 10
Ananamiss May 17, 2018

“I took risperidone for a short period of time 9 years ago. I was going through an extremely traumatic situation and was having severe and dangerous mental breakdowns. I was given multiple medications and the only thing I remember feeling different from the antidepressants and the anti-anxiety was the lactating nipples and all stimulating sensations were deteriorated. But in my head I did not feel better. However then I started to take Risperidone. I remember the moment of taking it and it kicking in feeling amazing. I went from having a manic episodes to just feeling fine and dandy. I'm still trying to find a review of somebody who has had the same experience with me feeling so good because it seems everybody else has an experience similar to each other but different from mine. I didn't take the drug for long as the doctor removed it from my prescription list because they decided I was not psychotic and didn't need it.”

Vic · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 25, 2018

“I’ve been taking it for almost a year. I was diagnosed with Pyschosis from trauma. I have a skin rash and weight gain. No other side effects have surfaced.”

8 / 10
Mikey's Brain May 21, 2017

“I switched from seroquel to risperidone 6 months ago. I had gained 100lbs over 10 years on seroquel, and have lost about 20lbs so far since switching. My constant rage and aggression are gone, it's great not to be furiously psychotic all day. On the minus side I can't get enough sleep, I have no motivation or energy and depression has spiked. I may try an antidepressant along with risperidone and a smaller dose (I started on 2mg, just cut to 1.5 and would like to get to 1mg or under) I tried going from 2mg to 1mg previously on my own and it was hell - massive anxiety and depression.”

7 / 10
Scottyblsddggffcbbbb. May 13, 2017

“I take it for PTSD and severe anxiety. It's a life-saver for me. I sleep like a baby bear. I have no more instrusive thoughts. It increases my self-esteem and life is fun for once. It didn't just give me my life back. It's given the life I never had due to 20 plus years of refusing treatment because I thought I could do it on my own through exercise, diet, and positive thinking. The only side-effect I have is regret from not taking it sooner.”

10 / 10
scott001 June 25, 2016

“on this drug for about 4yrs went from 155 to almost 300 lbs in 4 yrs it attacks the kidneys and you fill up with water off it now lost about 60 lbs in 8months”

1 / 10
wreane May 18, 2016

“Made me want to try suicide”

1 / 10
anon42 August 5, 2015

“It has significantly reduced anxiety, panic attacks and flashback symptoms, it has also made it possible for me to try and and work on the causes without being completely overwhelmed all the time. When I first started it, and also when I increased my dosage I slept about 18 hours a day for a week and a half, but after that my sleep went back to normal 8 hours or so, and I stopped feeling exhausted all the time.”

8 / 10
Rylin December 7, 2014

“This medicine works amazing for intrusive thoughts and irritability. I feel NORMAL. The weight gain in the only downfall. I use this in addition to my Zoloft and its the perfect combination.”

10 / 10
annaleigh24 · Taken for less than 1 month November 26, 2014

“I was recently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. I have nightmares all night long every night and very angry and annoyed with everybody and everything. I am perfectly fine at times and then will suddenly freak out for no reason. I have only been on risperdone for 5 days now, but have noticed that I am able to sleep soundly at night and the mood swings have stabilized. However, I am feeling very sedated all day and find it hard to get out of bed in the morning. I can't seem to sleep enough. My anger issues are also still there, but I am hoping they will subside in time. Unfortunately, my appetite is insatiable! I've already gained 6 pounds!! I'm already a heavy person and am worried I will eventually need to be removed with a fork lift!”

6 / 10
Milestriano · Taken for less than 1 month May 11, 2014

“I have found that this medication has few side effects compared to the daily and nightly suffering I have endured since being diagnosed. My panic has decreased, my thoughts are within my control, I have much better sleep and dreams, and my appetite has increased. I had a very low appetite when I was experiencing panic attacks and flashbacks and enjoy that it has giving me an appetite. I make healthy food choices and am very active and have not experienced a lack of motivation or energy. I know it has a half life and feel the only addictive qualities I have experienced would be psychological. I am hoping once I learn my triggers and reprocess the traumatic events that I will be able to eventually manage without it, but for now it is a God send.”

6 / 10
cb1120 · Taken for 1 to 2 years November 24, 2013

“i have been on this medication for a year. I have had post traumatic stress disorder for 12 years. This medication has caused significant changes in my daily life living with PTSD. I have been able to go out and shop talk to people etc.”

9 / 10
BobStocking July 11, 2012

“Risperidone has a noticeable effect on my post traumatic stress disorder and also on my rage. The only real problem I have is weight gain. I read the reviews as soon as I was prescribed the medicine and I thought, "How hard can it be to keep my weight under control?" Answer...very hard! I've gained about 20 pounds. My pants are very uncomfortable trying to stuff all my fat into pants designed for a smaller waist size. Next Drs. visit I will see about other options.”

9 / 10
Anonymous April 18, 2012

“My 12 year old son was placed on this medication, 0.5 mg at night and later we added 0.5 mg in the morning. After 5 months on the medication he had gained a lot of weight. He had always been physically fit and active. The medication flattened his mood, he lost interest in activities and it did not help his rages. We stopped the medication and now a month later we have our son's spark back. He is happier and more active. At some point his post traumatic stress disorder/anxiety will trigger and we will have another rage but in the meantime we have a much happier, loving child. The only downside of quitting Risperdal is his lack of focus for school work.”

1 / 10
MuchBetterNow January 30, 2012

“PROS: This medicine literally saved my life. My thoughts no longer race. I don't dwell on past events 24 hours each day. I sleep 4-6 hours a night, instead of 2-4 hours. Panic attacks are a lot less frequent and intense. It saved my marriage, renewed my self-worth, and I have hope of a future again. Cons: If I miss a dose, I know it right away. I really have to watch my diet or I gain weight like crazy; everything tastes amazing. Migraines have increased.”

10 / 10
Anonymous October 17, 2011

“It has helped me. I can think more clearly but the side effect of my appetite is definitely increased. I already need to cut back.”

6 / 10
Anonymous July 29, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone): “Both my boys have been taking Risperidal. My eldest for about 1.5yrs and my younger boy for about 6 months. This medication has been excellent to reduce their aggression, however my biggest concern is that they both have gone from being around the 5th percentile for weight for age (underweight) to 81st and 93rd percentile for weight (very overweight). This itself has caused problems.”

6 / 10
Anonymous June 26, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone): “Risperdal worked wonders on my psychotic symptoms of hearing voices. It worked quickly, after the state counselor ordered me to be hospitalized for my condition they gave me Risperdal and the voices were gone in two days, although they expected it to work after one day. I continued with this medication for a few years but after awhile I found myself sleeping the days away. The medication at this point needed to be switched. I'm very grateful for this medication for the time it was needed.”

9 / 10

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