What is Risperidone?

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Risperidone is used to treat schizophrenia, and episodes of mania or mixed episodes for people with bipolar disorder, and irritability and aggression associated with autism. Off label it has been used for Tourette's, pervasive developmental disorder, PTSD, and agitation associated with Alzheimer's.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Psychosis Disorder 80 53
Bipolar Disorder 60 52
Schizoaffective Disorder 49 36
Schizophrenia 38 27
Bipolar II Disorder 28 26
Bipolar I Disorder 26 19

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 82
Moderate 79
Mild 83
None 68

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 40
Sleepiness 14
Sex drive (libido) decreased 13
Drowsiness 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9
Tiredness 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 9
2 mg daily 7
0.5 mg daily 6
4 mg daily 6
3 mg daily 5
0.25 mg twice daily 4
0.25 mg daily 3
0.5 mg twice daily 3
1 mg twice daily 2
1 mg three times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Risperidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 136
Doctor's advice 85
Did not seem to work 76
Other 36
Course of treatment ended 24
Personal research 19
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 9
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Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 61
1 - 6 months 71
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 240
Usually 42
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 44
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 181
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 19
< $25 131
Not specified 148

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 9
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 6
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 3
asenapine (Saphris) 2
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 2

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Patients stopped taking Risperidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 11
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 10
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 3

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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44 patient evaluations for Risperidone

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mistysong64
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mistysong64
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 52
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

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Feb 9, 2016 (Started Jun 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Tourette Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

Oct 12, 2015 (Started Jun 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tourette Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

Jul 16, 2015 (Started Jun 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tourette Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jun 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Tourette Syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Back on this treatment as my stress levels soared and my Tourettes became a major problem in my day to day living. After a week I am in better control than I was last month.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

Jun 10, 2011 (Started Jun 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Bipolar II Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This is also used for treating Tourettes Syndrome. My tics and spasms are greatly reduced.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Drowsiness

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CupcakeKitten
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CupcakeKitten
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
25 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

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Jul 27, 2015 (Started Jul 24, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Anger and irritability between doses, Overwhelming fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It is extremely potent. I was only taking the smallest dosage (.25 mg) at noon, and the sedating effects would kick in about an hour later and I couldn't stay awake. I would have to sleep for at least a few hours. Thinking of trying this again, either nightly or as needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jerry123
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Jerry123
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
53 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

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Jul 9, 2015 (Started Jun 24, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Mania)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Lots of energy... Manic
Cost: < $25 monthly

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