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 81 68
Schizoaffective disorder 66 56
Schizophrenia 46 31
Bipolar II disorder 36 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 97
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
3 mg daily 11
2 mg daily 8
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 160
Doctor's advice 113
Did not seem to work 93
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
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 78
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 285
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 227
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 20
< $25 164
Not specified 173

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 15
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
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) 11
Paliperidone (Invega) 7
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

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46 patient evaluations for Risperidone

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

  • 1 helpful mark

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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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