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 84 55
Bipolar disorder 78 65
Schizoaffective disorder 65 50
Schizophrenia 46 25
Bipolar II disorder 35 31
Bipolar I disorder 33 26

Show all 111 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
93
Moderate
94
Mild
91
None
84

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 53
Sleepiness 14
Drowsiness 13
Lactation 11
Decreased sex drive (libido) 10
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9

Show all 177 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 13
3 mg daily 8
1 mg daily 6
4 mg daily 6
0.5 mg daily 5
0.25 mg daily 4
0.25 mg twice daily 3
0.5 mg twice daily 3
1.5 mg daily 3
1 mg twice daily 3

See all 27 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Risperidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 155
Doctor's advice 111
Did not seem to work 88
Other 41
Course of treatment ended 27
Personal research 24
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 301 patients who've stopped taking Risperidone

Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 69
1 - 6 months 79
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 278
Usually 49
Sometimes 16
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 48
A little hard to take 66
Not at all hard to take 219
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 20
< $25 155
Not specified 173

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 11
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 3

Show all 29 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Risperidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 17
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 15
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 8
Paliperidone (Invega) 6
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

Show all 28 treatments patients report switching to

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46 patient evaluations for Risperidone

Oct 6, 2017 (Started Oct 11, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ritual or repeated behaviors)
  • 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 obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ritual or repeated behaviors)
  • 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
    Can’t tell (for obsessive-compulsive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for intrusive thoughts images or impulses)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritability from auditory stimulation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for ritual or repeated behaviors)
  • 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: 50 mg/2 weeks All the time (24/7)

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: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: take as prescribed and everyone will be happier
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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