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. 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 82 55
Bipolar disorder 72 62
Schizoaffective disorder 63 47
Schizophrenia 43 25
Bipolar I disorder 32 26
Bipolar II disorder 32 31

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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 91
Moderate 92
Mild 89
None 81

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Risperidone

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 52
Sex drive (libido) decreased 14
Sleepiness 14
Drowsiness 13
Lactation 11
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 9

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Risperidone

Dosage Patients
2 mg daily 17
1 mg daily 12
3 mg daily 9
0.5 mg daily 7
0.25 mg daily 4
0.5 mg twice daily 4
4 mg daily 4
0.25 mg twice daily 2
1.5 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 152
Doctor's advice 107
Did not seem to work 86
Other 41
Course of treatment ended 27
Personal research 22
Expense 13
Change in health plan coverage 10
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Duration

Currently taking Risperidone

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

Stopped taking Risperidone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 67
1 - 6 months 78
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 42
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 270
Usually 49
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 48
A little hard to take 64
Not at all hard to take 212
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 8
$25-49 20
< $25 148
Not specified 171

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Risperidone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 15
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 10
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 3
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 3

Show all 26 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Risperidone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 16
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 16
Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 6
Paliperidone (Invega) 6
Lurasidone (Latuda) 5

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46 patient evaluations for Risperidone

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)

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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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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