What is Risperdal?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Risperidone

This is the brand name for Risperidone, which is in the class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, and episodes of mania or mixed episodes for people with bipolar disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 46 33
Psychosis disorder 20 13
Bipolar I disorder 19 14
Bipolar II disorder 16 13
Schizoaffective disorder 16 14
Schizophrenia 16 8

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 47
Moderate 39
Mild 32
None 31

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperdal

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 22
Sleepiness 9
Lactation 6
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 5
Tiredness 5
Apathy 4

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperdal

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 5
0.5 mg daily 4
2 mg daily 4
4 mg daily 4
0.25 mg daily 2
0.5 mg twice daily 2
1.5 mg daily 2
3 mg daily 2
0.25 mg twice daily 1
0.5 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Risperdal

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 77
Did not seem to work 50
Doctor's advice 46
Other 19
Course of treatment ended 15
Personal research 12
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 143 patients who've stopped taking Risperdal

Duration

Currently taking Risperdal

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Risperdal

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 21
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 107
Usually 23
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 15
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 88
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 10
< $25 55
Not specified 81

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperdal after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 6
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3
Lurasidone (Latuda) 3
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Risperdal and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 8
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 6
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 6
asenapine (Saphris) 3
Lurasidone (Latuda) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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19 patient evaluations for Risperdal

May 18, 2015 (Started Jul 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty staying asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for schizotypal personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleepiness, drowsiness, lactation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Nov 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for psychosis disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 1, 2012 (Started Sep 02, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for schizophrenia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (made me hear voices., hearing voices)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 0.75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Apr 10, 2010 (Started Sep 02, 2003)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for schizophrenia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (made me hear voices., hearing voices)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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