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A 20-year-old female asked:

If prescribed risperidone as needed for high anxiety in supposed borderline patient, do you think this will be effective at all?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Risperidone can : certainly reduce anxiety, irritability & aggressive behaviors in kids & adults with Mood Disorders &/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. It's used in fairly low doses, as well, to target those symptoms in folks with BorderlIne PD. It causes sleepiness the 1st 2 weeks, so take it at night. I start low & titrate up weekly & monitor liver & thyroid function, glucose & lipid levels; prolactin in males.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
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As Dr. Foster said, you need to know the potential side effects of Respiridone & any other medicatiom prescribed for you. Please ask your psychiatrist to review these with you if you have lingering questions.
Dec 5, 2015
Dr. Patricia Foster
Psychiatry 45 years experience
Need to monitor: Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication that may help lower anxiety indirectly by bolstering the ability to think logically vs. the irrational thinking of "either/or," catastrophic thoughts that can occur with Borderline PD. However, a common side of Risperidone is motor restlessness that can seem like increased anxiety. With close medical supervision this med may help. Best wishes.
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Last updated Apr 25, 2016

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