What is Risperidone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Risperdal Risperdal Consta Apo-Risperidone Show all

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See also: Risperidone-Trihexyphenidyl Rispond Plus

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. It may also be 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 83 54
Bipolar disorder 82 68
Schizoaffective disorder 66 57
Schizophrenia 46 32
Bipolar II disorder 37 31
Bipolar I disorder 35 28

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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 98
Moderate 96
Mild 93
None 85

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 55
Sleepiness 14
Drowsiness 13
Decreased sex drive (libido) 11
Lactation 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 13
2 mg daily 11
3 mg daily 9
4 mg daily 8
0.5 mg daily 7
0.5 mg twice daily 4
0.25 mg twice daily 3
1.5 mg daily 3
1 mg twice daily 3
0.25 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Risperidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 162
Doctor's advice 113
Did not seem to work 94
Other 42
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 25
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
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Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 79
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 286
Usually 51
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 28
Somewhat hard to take 50
A little hard to take 66
Not at all hard to take 228
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 20
< $25 165
Not specified 173

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 15
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 6
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 4

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Risperidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 18
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 17
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 12
Paliperidone (Invega) 7
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

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46 patient evaluations for Risperidone

Oct 6, 2017 (Started Oct 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for repetitive behavior)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It's helping me be intimate with my partner by limiting distracting thoughts and sounds.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Feb 7, 2014 (Started Oct 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for repetitive behavior)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Helps with overactive brain at night time. Also good for irritability and agitation, but made me a bit sleepy if taken during the day.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

Dec 28, 2010 (Started Oct 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for repetitive behavior)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication makes a big difference in my ability to concentrate in class. Usually I found noises (pencils tapping, other students talking, air vent hissing) too distracting and irritating.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg/2 weeks Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar mixed episodes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg/2 weeks All the time (24/7)

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 11, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for schizophrenia)
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: take as prescribed and everyone will be happier
Cost: < $25 monthly

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