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 85 57
Bipolar disorder 83 68
Schizoaffective disorder 68 58
Schizophrenia 46 33
Bipolar II disorder 38 31
Bipolar I disorder 37 29

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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 103
Moderate 97
Mild 95
None 85

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 59
Drowsiness 14
Sleepiness 14
Decreased sex drive (libido) 12
Lactation 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 11
1 mg daily 10
0.5 mg daily 7
4 mg daily 7
3 mg daily 6
0.5 mg twice daily 5
0.25 mg twice daily 3
1.5 mg daily 3
0.25 mg daily 2
1 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Risperidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 166
Doctor's advice 114
Did not seem to work 95
Other 43
Course of treatment ended 28
Personal research 25
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
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Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 81
1 - 6 months 80
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 291
Usually 52
Sometimes 17
Never taken as prescribed 20
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 66
Not at all hard to take 234
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 19
< $25 170
Not specified 177

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 16
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 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
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 19
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 18
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 12
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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