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 82 54
Bipolar Disorder 66 56
Schizoaffective Disorder 53 40
Schizophrenia 41 24
Bipolar I Disorder 32 23
Bipolar II Disorder 29 28

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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 85
Moderate 82
Mild 86
None 77

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 46
Sleepiness 14
Sex drive (libido) decreased 13
Drowsiness 12
Lactation 10
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 14
1 mg daily 12
4 mg daily 7
0.5 mg daily 6
3 mg daily 6
0.5 mg twice daily 5
0.25 mg daily 4
1 mg three times daily 4
0.25 mg twice daily 2
1.5 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Risperidone

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 141
Doctor's advice 97
Did not seem to work 78
Other 38
Course of treatment ended 25
Personal research 20
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 9
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Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 63
1 - 6 months 74
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 257
Usually 42
Sometimes 14
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 43
A little hard to take 62
Not at all hard to take 196
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 19
< $25 134
Not specified 163

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 9
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 3
Lurasidone (Latuda) 3

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Risperidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 14
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 11
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 7
Paliperidone (Invega) 5
asenapine (Saphris) 3

Show all 25 treatments patients report switching to

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45 patient evaluations for Risperidone

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Samnpolly
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Samnpolly
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 42
Condition: TBI 1 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
TBI

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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

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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
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Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
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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