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User Reviews for Risperidone to treat Schizoaffective Disorder

Also known as: Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Perseris

Risperidone has an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 from a total of 47 ratings for the treatment of Schizoaffective Disorder. 36% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 32% reported a negative effect.

Risperidone Rating Summary

5.5/10 average rating

47 ratings from 47 user reviews.

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Reviews for Risperidone

PoopyRisperdalPills · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 28, 2019

Risperdal (risperidone): “Hello this drug is very bad and not helpful. Still hallucinated on it. Blurry vision, restlessness, does not make you tired, brain pain?!, motor control malfunctioning, difficulty thinking on it, lack of emotion on it. Please don't take this "medicine". Very bad. Does not work.”

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anote2me12 June 14, 2013

Risperdal (risperidone): “Risperdal is my miracle. I put on about 30 pounds in the course of 18 months but that is nothing as to the improvement it has made on my mental well being. Gone are the sleepless nights staring at the ceiling, delusions of grandeur, and being overly worried about life's ups and downs. The psychosis has diminished to the point where I no longer need medication to remain stable. If symptoms ever return, I know this is the medication for me. Also no unpleasant side effects from coming off it.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous February 19, 2014

Risperdal (risperidone): “I first went on this medication in March of 2013 and almost a year later, I've had to adjust it 3 times, going up to 4 finally. When I first started, I was sent into a manic like state for several hours, but after about a week, I started to sleep more than I ever did. I usually only got about 3 hours of sleep each and every night, starting from when I was 12 and up until I started Risperidone, which is when I was 18. It has helped with every single thing that was wrong with me, the delusions, hallucinations, dissociation, and homicidal feelings. I would definitely suggest trying this if you haven't yet. It worked wonders with me.”

10 / 10
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Metalstorm October 15, 2018

Risperdal (risperidone): “Absolutely horrible drug! I had worsened serious depression and severe akathisia from it. Agitation, irritability anxiety, aggression also came into play. I have tried many antipsychotics on the market and this one is by far the worst (Now on Quitepine and Abilify - much better!). No redeeming qualities whatsoever.”

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Diesel · Taken for 10 years or more September 9, 2020

Risperdal (risperidone): “I take 6 mg of Risperdal at night for Schizoaffective Disorder, However, my mania was getting out of control during the next day; my thinking was very accelerated and euphoric. So I decided to split the dose 3mg/night, and 3mg/day. I got much better results. My manic episodes were stopped on their tracks.”

10 / 10
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8BitHero · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 15, 2017

Risperdal (risperidone): “I've been on this for three years and love it. No delusions, no paranoia. Side effects are non existent for me. No weight gain. I'm never tired. I sleep 6-7 hours of sleep each night and feel fine. Since being on Risperdone I've run two half marathons, work 40 hours per week and haven't had symptoms in over a year.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 19, 2012

Risperdal (risperidone): “This was clearly not the medicine for me. The sleeping for 2 days once I went on it thing was okay. I needed it. But it made me so hungry that I gained 30 pounds, so tired that When I took this I cared about nothing, so bored and apathetic so quickly that my life felt without meaning. I began lactating 3 weeks in, and I couldn't concentrate on school. If anything, I got more paranoid...no voices, but OCD and paranoia and agitation through the roof. I was on 0.5 mg in the beginning and eventually went up to 3 mg.”

4 / 10
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Anonymous 42 yr old F November 2, 2013

Risperdal (risperidone): “I'm talking this after a few antipsychotics didn't work and I was hospitalized a few times for the first time in my life. My bipolar diagnosis changed to Schizoaffective disorder then Schizophrenia. The delusions paranoia was very scary. I was on 2 mg for awhile with Ativan and celexa, and I gained weight over the course of all the medicines, but it needed it, weight gain stopped when I stopped celexa. No paranoia. Now im taking 1 1/2 mg and have less anxiety, on a day I went back to 2 mg I had more. I still have anxiety and will ask my dr to increase my Ativan from 2 back to 3 mg, or lower my risperdal down to 1 mg a I am also on lithium and have hand tremors from that and risperdal, but feel stable it's so worth it. I'm staying on it”

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shock1992 September 15, 2015

Risperdal (risperidone): “I gained 100 pounds or more . I developed diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. I also could not keep my hands for moving, and at night my feet would twirl. I chose to stop using risperdal and withdrawal was horrible. The medicine did wonders for my mental health, but the side effects was worse than my schizophrenia.”

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Ughughvom March 17, 2016

Risperdal M-Tab (risperidone): “The first time I took risperidone I became extremely drowsy which made me a bit nervous but the drowsiness went away after the first three days. I also had horrendous nightmares so I switched to taking it in the morning and the nightmares went away. On the positive side my auditory and visual hallucinations completely went away immediately which enabled me to make it to therapy more frequently and sleep more often and slowly over years build up a healthy and stabilizing lifestyle. It also helped with increasing my attention and memory. I noticed some weight gain and slightly lower libido. I have taken it regularly for a couple years and weened off it. I have now been off for two and a half years with almost zero returning symptoms.”

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katydid47 · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 28, 2014

Risperdal (risperidone): “I was on risperidone for over a year. I suffer from severe manic depressive bipolar disorder with schizoaffective episodes. The medication along with an antidepressant helped with the delusions (visual and auditory). But the weight gain was immense in one year I gained over 60 pounds. I weigh over 300 pounds now and the depression is worse. I have osteoarthritis in both knees that with the weight have been severely debilitating. Preparing meals, doing daily activities are almost impossible. Standing for more than ten minutes is excruciating. I suggest to use caution with the increase in weight this medicine can cause.”

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dee-carol-m · Taken for 1 to 6 months May 18, 2012

Risperdal (risperidone): “I was experiencing awful symptoms including visual and auditory hallucinations. I also had problems with "feeling" something crawling all over me. I felt like someone had taken advantage/control over my physical being. I was scared for my life, wondering if my hallucinations were real. Luckily, this medication has cleared these thoughts, and made the hallucinations better, but one moment clearly pointed out to me that the medication hadn't done any harm. I was laying in bed, and I started to laugh uncontrollably because I could actually lay there and listen to the quiet sounds all around me. I wasn't distracted by voices.”

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Anonymous August 2, 2010

Risperdal (risperidone): “This medicine has been okay for me. It certainly got rid of most of my paranoid thoughts but never got rid of all of them. I still had a lot of them especially present in the night, I'd think there was a serial killer outside watching me or a serial killer in the same room as me or on the chair. It was pretty terrifying. I started Geodon a week ago and those thoughts completely disappeared, I'm very grateful. Risperdal also made me gain a lot of weight every year and made me very hungry even after I just had a meal. I'm 166 lbs and 5'8'. I'm scared of being 200 lbs. I've been on this medicine since I was 14 and severely psychotic and couldn't function at all, so I guess it helped me with that, just made me gain a lot of weight. I'm 22 now.”

5 / 10
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Geo · Taken for 6 months to 1 year June 4, 2019

“OMGoodness, terrible drug, fine for the first 6 months then anxiety, no sexual pleasure all gone, made me very tired, I lost all interest in life. suicidal, depressed, couldn't be bothered to brush my teeth when I woke up as I was to tired, I look and feel like a tramp it has turned me into a soap dodger, messes with the receptors in the brain, cigarettes, tea and coffee and fast food never tasted the same no buzz. I wake after 3 or 4 hours sleep and I am still having trouble with sleep staying up all night and sleeping through the day, I have been off it for 2 months now and I started getting ringing and piecing sounds in the ears after being off it for about 3 weeks and this could be permanent. Should ban this dangerous drug don't think I will be able to return to work. Best regards Lucky”

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Anonymous September 9, 2011

Risperdal (risperidone): “I started taking risperidone when I was 15. It does take away the delusions and mood swings, but it leaves me with anxiety and dulls me out to the point where I don't feel like really socializing at all. I've tried other medicines like Zyprexa and Geodon and they either do the same thing or have another bad effect on me. I'm 20 now and still haven't really found a medicine that works. I think whatever they put in antipsychotics just doesn't agree with me.”

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Sean · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 6, 2019

Risperdal (risperidone): “This med did not work for me. Did not help my thinking. Still felt depressed. Psychosis was still there. I was on it with other drugs too so that is probably why it didn't work. Also bad side effects too.”

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Bipolar type Schizzoaffective · Taken for 6 months to 1 year February 21, 2016

Risperdal (risperidone): “Beware of side effects! This medication caused Sexual side effects. Unless you are a Man who doesn't mind not being able to have ejaculation in the bedroom, don't mind growing breasts when you are a Man!, and don't mind gaining weight, DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION.”

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ThisIsPatrick April 19, 2014

Risperdal (risperidone): “This medication worked wonders for me and I felt quite good on this medication. The problem lies with the side effects. Unbeknownst to me for many months was that it increased my prolactin levels which caused my breasts to grow and menstrual cycle to be off. High prolactin is harmful in the long run and my breasts never returned to their previous size (although maybe some of you ladies would be happy about it. I also gained a few pounds on Risperdal but nothing ridiculous.”

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Anonymous March 23, 2010

Risperdal (risperidone): “Very good medication. helps alot with the symptoms of psychosis. Its not a cure though I still had to work on my problems. -1 point because it gives me dry mouth and makes it so a cannot tolerate as much alcohol. -1 another point cause its not 100 percent effective but still works great. overall 8/10”

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Likely story · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 9, 2016

“Drug worked getting rid of psychosis but made it hard to think or function. I was sectioned for two months for severe psychosis, was put on it for 2 years. Have now been off it for 3yrs and no signs of psychosis since leaving hospital so almost stable for 5years so I would have to say it was a success. However could not function fully until I came off it due to the severe brain fog it causes.”

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Jodeep · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 26, 2021

“First of all I would say we are real people facing the side effects of this awful drug they call Risperdone. There are some people with positive comments and as an earlier stated review mentioned when it works it works brilliantly yes in a rare occurrence it works. But most of the time it has lifelong side effects, this is coming from as someone who has taken the drug for a few years so I can weigh in literally on this topic. I'm a 100 pounds heavier and not to mention hair loss and loss of a grip on reality. It may stop the so called patients "hallucinations" at what cost? In my case they couldn't pin a full diagnosis on me so gave me a cauldron brew of meds on top of this. It might help a little but at the cost of the body your price is too high. Side note what are they worried about me thinking or experiencing....”

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CakePop · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2016

“My experience with this med so far has been good, 2 weeks on 2mg. My anxiety is already way down, and the vivid, intrusive thoughts are not quite as bad. My sleep is also much better. It makes me very relaxed and drowsy about an hour after I take it, and I wake up a bit groggy, but coffee gets me going. No problems with sex which is good. I have also experienced a loss of appetite and have lost some weight (I am overweight so this is good). So yeah, losing weight, still have libido and much better sleep. Wish it could go just as well for everyone. Only side effect is a stuffy nose for a few hours after I take it, but I can handle that. First few days were a bit scary as I felt like I had been given a tranquilizer dart lol.”

9 / 10
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Druger February 15, 2020

“This was the first antipsychotic I tried for schizophrenia. It did absolutely nothing for me but cause severe anxiety (worse than I already had), made me gain weight and I was tired all the time. Antipsychotics have ruined my health. I used to weigh 160 pounds and was a very thin male, now I'm over 220 pounds. All thanks to antipsychotics. And that weight gain occurred within the first year and a half of starting antipsychotics. I was on Risperidone for about a month before being switched to Zyprexa which made me gain 20+ pounds in one month!”

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anitalite November 1, 2010

Risperdal (risperidone): “Risperdal did not eliminate my symptoms but it did make coping with the symptoms easier. It also made me sleep extremely deeply at night so that someone who tried wasn't able to wake me up at all. It could be due to low blood pressure but most likely because I have a low tolerance to sedative medications. I was not able to take it during the day when I needed to the most, when my symptoms were at their worst, due to the sedative side effects. I did find that using a 0.5mg dose was mildly helpful for daytime treatment of symptoms and was not severely sedative, allowing me to function normally.”

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JediBill · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 4, 2016

Risperdal (risperidone): “I have been on this medication longer than any other medication I have ever been on. Its been four and a half years, mostly on and I feel like this medication let me sleep better than all other medications I had been on until Saphris. I gained weight, but not too much about 25 pounds over the course of four and half years. I am a man, and I have noticed enlargement of the breasts development of female breast tissue. I'm coming off Risperidone now and I will see what the withdrawal effects are. Last time I came off meds I had a manic episode which was quite embarrassing. I held a job at Walmart for 2 and a half years. I would say though that the biggest drawback is its effect on diminishing the user's willpower.”

4 / 10
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