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 3  Satisfied A little chomping Helps with hallucinations F 41 2 months
1.5 mg 1X D
 1  Misdiagnosed collapsed lung Burning deep in hyper thalamus that destroyed happiness Center, a common phenomenon according to the nurse. Why the F would anyone prescribe this. I understood the junkies wanting to buy it off me after I tried it but itís not worth it. Intensive care 21 days I showed no symptoms or reasons to be on risperidone or olanzapine whatever and was weened off..happiness has not returned. M 59 14 days
 1  Insomnia Lost ability to sleep (wrecked sleep cicle), cant feel pleasure or excitation, brain fog, feel internal pressure on the brain. Stay away from this drug, its a serious threat. 1mg can knock out a 60 kg adult. M 43 3 weeks
1 1X D
 5  Psychosis TIREDNESS! Lethargy, erection that lasted hours at night, apathy, unable to wake up in the morning so sleepiness, a hungover feeling in the morning, couldn't shave and bathe in the morning Tell your doctor that you are depressed if you take risperidone and feel that it is working but also exacerbating your depression. Your doctor will most probably give you an SSRI like Fluoxetine to counter the tiredness and depression. Fluoxetine helped me a great deal with the tiredness and flashbacks. I just wish my doctor could have given me Fluoxetine in the beginning itself! M 29 2.5 years
2 mg 1X D
 1  Depression I gained 30 lbs without changing my diet, my depression became physical sore muscles and joints, and I lost all motivation to live. This drug is bad news, please stay away from it. F 26 6 months
2.5 1X D
 5  Psychosis Tiredness, lack of motivation, avolition, anhedonia, loss of creativity, lethargy/laziness, helpless, hard to think about a chore and then do it, weak I will be honest. Risperidone removed my hallucinations and delusions completely. I have been on it for more than two years and I am feeling much better than I was before. However, I am also feeling inactive, lethargic and lazy. I am unable to access that part of my brain which pushes me to be active, to do things (especially chores) and to be more happy. While it is has been extremely effective in removing even auditory hallucinations, I have become a statue. I just cannot get myself to move around the house in the way that I did when I was not on it. I am not creative anymore. I do not have those motivational feelings which made me go out for walks and to exercise. And when I try being active I feel pain. I am not able to help my mother in the house too. Once, when I told my shrink about these side effects she said that I should take ďbaby stepsĒ and whatnot. I would like to see the professional psychiatric establishment take this powerful drug. I am told to be strong, but how can I be strong when I have no access to a part of my brain? I feel helpless. M 29 2 years
2 mg 1X D
 1  Adjunctive to lithium Terrible akathsia rocking pacing total state of panic M 30 30 days
2mg twice 2X D
 1  Misdiagnosed bipolar/ psychosis I felt myself turn into a zombie. Felt as if I had brain damage. No creativity. I want to give words of hope that I myself recovered and got joy, spirituality, intellect and horniness back!! It just takes a while for the brain to repair - in my case 3 years after totally stopping. Hang in there! I was then properly diagnosed with depression and take an antidepressant (Cipramil/Celexa). If you've taken an antipsychotic which you believe has damaged you, stop as safe as you can and let your brain repair. It's a time thing and a psych nurse I know totally confirmed it. F 53 2 weeks
2mg 1X D
 4  schizophrenia weight gain , akesthesia good effect good stability. M 31 4 years
4 mg 1X D
 3  Bi-polar 1 Zombie like. Scattered thoughts,over sleeping, weight gain, depression, loss of interest Horrible drug. Hate it. Helped aliviate the symptoms Of bipolar. F 38 4 days
3 1X D
 3  schizophrenia no side effect , little restless . and qt interval . good atypical , good no additional - good mood . M 31 2 months
5 1X D
 2  Stress induced psychosis Gained 20lbs, made me depressed and gave me suicidal thoughts. Lost motivation, felt hopeless, made me tired all the time. Anyways f*ck this drug Made my delusions, hallucinations and paranoia go away completely. But those side effects were too much to bear. Im all better and lost all the weight now that Im off of it. M 17 8 months
1mg 2X D
 3  Schitzoaffective Apathy, lack of emotions and feelings, lack of thoughts, lack of motivation and desire to do things The delusions and hallucinations disappeared F 29 14 months
3 mg 1X D
 3  Depression Penis shrinkage. Erection was 4 now only 2 inches erect. That was over 10 years ago. It never came back. M 44 100 days
30 1X D
 3  Schitzoaffective Apathy, mentally slow. Risperdal works but the side effects equal a chemical change in your brain. You just donít care as much, it makes you more pliable and manageable. My belief is the doctors prescribe when you are not easy to deal with. Itís hard to describe fully. You know you are drugged up but just donít have the motivation to stop as the side effects of stopping are difficult. I think it is emotionally addictive. If I miss a dose or skip itís overwhelming after a while and I know the silence it brings is something like a comfortable warm blanket of silence and no thoughts. Can not explain how no thought is a state of just being, existing. I donít know if I will continue for a long time but the longer I take it the less I think about it. M 55 8 months
3 1X D
 1  was misdiagnozed, was forced to extremely strong anxiety, almost total apathy, sense or worthlessness and hopelesness, loss of motivation, no joy, was sleeping almost 24/7, agitation, acathisia, hormonal abnormalities Nowadays I am doing good. I am working full time and feeling rather happy with my life. I could never have gotten where I am today if I hadn't been able to get out of the psychiatric system, where my crises caused by traumatic events in my life was interpreted as psychotic illness and I was forced to take antipsychotics and other psychiatric drugs etc. I started to recover when I got out of the psychiatric system and was able to process through by myself what had caused my crises in the first place. It has taken me years to recover emotionally from how I was mistreated in the psychiatric system and it's still a work in process. F 39 14 months
injection 1X O
 1  psychosis,schizophrenia Voices, hallucinations, paranoia, loss of attention span, tiredness, dizziness, loss of appetite. Never heard voices until I started taking risperidone for a couple of years. My psychosis and schizophrenia was induced by my meds that were originally for just anxiety and depression but I'm off all my meds now and feel much more stable. M 28 3 years
3mg 2X D
 3  Schizophrenia Gained 40 lbs. Completely blank. I feel like I have no personality. I can't do art. I cant feel anything. It's an absolute God send to not hear the voices because they are really scary, I felt and believe(d?) That I could hear into hell and I was always trying to run from them, this went on for 4 years until I was literally sleeping on the sidewalks in Las Vegas without anyone within 1000 miles who even knew my name. So for me taking the voices away was a huge relief. I'm now back to my home town and living with family but I still struggle greatly and can't feel any peace because I'm not me, I can't express myself, I feel empty, void, blank. I lowered myself down to 1mg last week and the voices have came back but much quieter and not as scary but I'm still blank with zero personality. Now I'm depressed as hell because I used to be very personable with lots of friends wherever I went. I can't help but feel like this is a clear sign that the voices have defeated me and that probably means hellfire and brimstone for eternity is inevitable. Also caused strange, jerky and illogical, and unnecessary movements. It takes more effort and more movements to carry out an action so I look like a tweaker. I have zero confidence in myself and I feel like the magic that was in me has died. I am praying that quitting the medication will bring my personality back but after reading other reviews it seems like others were changed forever and that is very depressing to me. I should have just stay 35 6 months
2 mg 1X D
 4  Autism, extreme anger Increased Periods of calm. Have been advised to increase from 2mg to 3mg and seen a marked change--fatigue, headaches, weakness in limbs, loss of joy. M 18 2 years
3mg 1X D
 3  schizophrenia no side effect ok , stable . M 30 2 years
4 mg 1X D

RISPERDAL  (RISPERIDONE):  Risperidone is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). This medication can help you to think clearly and take part in everyday life. Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)