Discussion in 'Therapy and Medication' started by raw, May 17, 2006.

  1. raw

    raw Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    I am continuing to personally support the drug companies as I have been prescribed another medication, Risperdal. I know take 4 regular meds and a prn. Is anyone familiar with Risperdal? Any information would be appreciated.
  2. Onlyme

    Onlyme Member

    I was on it for a couple of months and have to say, I didnt like it :sad:
    It did help greatly with the "things" it was supposed to, so I guess yes, it did work; but I was seeing double (quite literally), felt completely "out of it", couldnt even walk in a straight like, so very weak, nausea etc and I just didnt want to be touched even my fiance. Basically I couldnt function on the dose that was having an effect on my symptoms. I was told at the time it was the best drug they had with the fewest side effects..... I'd hate to try the others!

    PS... the symptoms have been showing their uguly faces again...
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  3. raw

    raw Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Thanks for responding.

    So far, the only symptom I have had is being tired and an occasional balance problem. Sorry you had such problems with it. I'll be looking for the symptoms in myself the longer I take it.

    Luckily, so far I haven't had bad symptoms with any of the meds I've taken.


  4. AlopexAngel

    AlopexAngel Chat Buddy

    It really depends on the dosage. Any med in that class could cause your symptoms, onlyme. That class just tends to have those effects. I like risperdal becuase it has had fewer side effects for me and it's reasonably cheap. My balence is a little off and I have to take it at night because it can make me sleepy, but that's about it. It also has some anti anxiety effects.

  5. manicmonday

    manicmonday Active Member

    Just a heads up - Long term use of Risperdal can cause something called tardive dyskinesia, a condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms and twitches in the face and body, and which can become permanent.

    I've never been able to clarify what 'long term' means. I was on it for a few months several years ago, and decided I didn't like the risk, so asked my pdoc to either take me off of it or give me a substitute.

    Anytime I have a new med prescribed I read about it. This is the most recent site I use:


  6. Benred

    Benred Guest

    I took respiradal for about 1 month and I have to say it was one of the least helpful drugs I've taken (And I have not been off drugs for almost 11 years now). The drug gave me frequent stomach trouble (even making me vomit during school once), and kept me in a state of apathy (basically a state of being numb of emotions and feelings). I think that the certain affects are dependant on the person. I was going through puberty at that time so that might of been a reason behind the side-affects. Ask your subscriber of age-related side-affects the next time you see them.
  7. letdown

    letdown Guest

    i've been prescribed risperidal which i'm in two minds of taking. no doubt they will increase the dose if i do take it. i did take it for a couple of days 6 months ago (one of my last tries to be compliant with medication) i felt like my head was held underwater, i felt very out of it and stopped taking it.

    i've heard that side effects (the worse ones) take 2 weeks to ease and after that it's not too bad. i've yet to stick 2 weeks out for a long time. i suppose when i get scared enough i'll take it.

    i hope you get something positive out of it.
  8. raw

    raw Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Just as a side note: any neuroleptic medication like Risperdal can cause TD and other similar side-effects.

  9. manicmonday

    manicmonday Active Member

    True. I was rather indignant when I got out of the hospital where I was started on Risperdal and looked it up online. It's an anti-psychotic (aka neuroleptic) and I wondered hmmm..so what haven't they told me? Then I read that more and more frequently it's being used for bipolar disorder.

    Ironic true story:

    My sister's step-daughter came down with rheumatic fever when she was 15. Something called Sydenham chorea sometimes occurs with it, and she developed that, also. Chorea consists of rapid, purposeless movements of the face and upper extremities, which describes tardive dyskinesia.

    Oddly enough, the drug they used to help control the chorea was Haldol, which can cause tardive dyskinesia. heheheh

    I've only had side effects (that I've noticed) from 1 drug out of the 20-30 I've been on, and it made me very nauseous. That would last for about 4 hours, then I was ok until the next dose. I found that the trick was to start with 1/4 of a pill, take it for 2-3 days, then 1/2 for 2-3 days and on up until I got to full dosage. So I had to do that if I ever let myself run out. I also tapered off whenever I stopped it, if at all possible. The times I ran out, it felt like a buzzing electrical line in my head. You know how sometimes you can hear a humming coming from the big lines suspended from phone poles? That's kind of how my head felt and what it sounded like inside. That would last 5-6 days and wasn't very pleasant. Oh, the drug was Effexor. I think they've re-formulated it since I took it, because I've talked to a couple of people since then who said they've never had the nausea, and I think they've changed the dosages it came in, which was just as well because they were the strangest dosages I've ever seen - the lowest dosage was 37.5mg.

  10. raw

    raw Senior Member & Antiquities Friend


    I take Effexor, amounst others in my medication soup. I have never had nausia using Effexor, and my understanding is the side-effect of nausea is greatly reduced by taking it with food.

    I read you comment about Haldol (Haloperidol) and I personally think it's one of the nastiest drugs around - at least it was for me. Aside from the fact that I felt very lethargic and disconnected, I experienced other side-effects. I had dystonia (continuous contraction of muscles), in my case in my jaw. I was incapable of moving my jaw. I also had bad akathisia (continuous movement) of my legs.

    The doctor thought it was a great drug-obviously he had never taken it. The risk vs. risk told me the drug was not worth taking. The risk of the side effects of the Haldol far outweighed the risk of not taking the medication (return of some psychotic symptoms).

    Just my thoughts; I really disliked Haldol in case you can't tell.

  11. manicmonday

    manicmonday Active Member

    Oh I agree about the Haldol! It's usually only given to inpatients nowadays, and while researching it several days ago I found several articles saying it lost in comparison to Risperal by far with regard to side effects. I think it's an older drug. I've never been on it and wouldn't unless I was incapable of saying no.

    As for the Effexor, I think they must have re-formulated it. I'm not hyper-aware and looking for side effects and don't expect them. But that Effexor whacked the hell out of me. I never actually got sick, just felt sure I was going to. I tried it with food, without, in the morning, before bed - nothing helped except cutting dosage and gradually increasing it. When a housemate of mine started on it, I warned her it might make her nauseous. It didn't. Nothing. I looked at the packaging and it was different that mine had been. It could also have something to do with whether it was XL - which I assume is long-acting. Mine wasn't. I was also drinking heavily back then which could have played a part. Anyway, it's the only med I've had a side effect with.

    I thought that might be the gist of your post. <grin>

    peace, manicmonday
  12. raw

    raw Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Regarding the Effexor, I take XR. Dont know if that makes a difference. Also with Effexor, watch out for the withdrawl symptoms. Horrible.

  13. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    My Pdoc just put me on Risperdal for my issues with rage and anger all the time. My first dose (.5 mg) made me so sleep I could hardly stay on my feet and had no energy or ambition to do anything but lie down. That's the first dose - I'm taking the second one tonite so I'll be going to bed anyway.

    Didn't seem fond of it but will wait to see how the anger adjusts.

  14. amicus

    amicus Antiquitie's Friend

    Stay away from it. My mother ended up with tardive dyskinesia. Facial tic basiclly. There are many lawsuits regarding these meds. I will research it for you, just don't take it.
  15. theleastofthese

    theleastofthese SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I've also looked up the side effects and etc for Risperdal. I've been on it (only taking 1mg at bedtime) two weeks and the sleepiness is not so bad as it was the first time. I've not had any other side effects but am aware of them so will be watching closely. I must say that after the first week I noticed that I didn't feel nearly so full of rage and frustration as I had been feeling. So far, so good, but I'm watching for any other side effects. I need the rage-control, but depending what the side effects are, and how severe, I'd rather deal with the rage - or try another med. So far Risperdal is doing alright.

  16. Phoenix1985

    Phoenix1985 Well-Known Member

    OFF-TOPIC: Two drugs I'll never take again - efexor and haloperidol. Efexor made me incredibly sick and haloperidol was lethargic to the point of being scared off driving for fear of falling asleep behind the wheel.

    ON-TOPIC: I haven't tried Risperdal, yet.
  17. Clockwork Reality

    Clockwork Reality Well-Known Member

    I was on Risperadal for about six months, and I think that it actually helped me some. I'm med-free now, but Risperadal was pretty much the only drug that calmed me down.

    I do have a facial twitch, though. I'm not sure if it's a result of the drug or a nervous tic, but it's something to consider.
  18. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    Tardive dyskinesia is extreeeeeeemely rare nowadays, it mosly occured with the older neuroleptics. All neuroleptics, even the newer ones, have that warning label- just in case. It's not uniqe for Risperdal- for example Zyprexa has it too.
    Don't be afraid to try Risperdal, maybe it's the medication for you. If it's not, then you at least gave it a try... I hesitated trying Zyprexa, but now I've been on it for almost one year with a good result.

    Edit: facial twitches is a side effect, I've got it too, but it's not tardive dyskinesia. TD is not a result of these twitches as it comes as a surprise, and it's much more severe.
    Twitches go away when you stop taking the med, but TD- when you move your head, tounge, arms and chest with no control- is for life.
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