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What is prescribed risperidone used for?

What is prescribed risperidone used for?

Lots of things: Originally, Risperidone was prescribed for psychosis in schizophrenia, but now we use it for other things: mood stabilization, aggression in autism, tics, ocd, and even stuttering. ...Read more

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Risperidone (Definition)

Risperidone is a second generation antipsychotic that is fda approved for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and behavioral issues with autism. It is generally effective and used commonly. Side effects include sedation, weight gain, increase in lipids and blood sugar, hunger, severe muscle reactions such as dystonia, tremors, among others. It also comes in a ...Read more


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Can Risperdal 0.5mg used for life is any problem for long use ?

Can Risperdal 0.5mg used for life is any problem for long use ?

Risperdal: Can be used for life. It is low dose. Watch for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol every 3 months. Watch for tremors, muscle stiffness or fever which can be life threatening. Watch for lactation ...Read more

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How to know what is bentropine and risperidone used together for?

They work together: The Risperidone is an antipsychotic that can treat paranoia, abnormal thoughts and agitation. The benztropine is an anticholinergic agent that is intended to reduce muscular spasms and a condition called dystonia that can sometimes occur when medications like Risperidone are used. ...Read more

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Why did risperidone make me fat?

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Risperdal: It antagonizes Serotonin 2C receptors, leading to weight gain. ...Read more

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Does risperidone work right away?

Does risperidone work right away?

In some respects: It depends on the desired effect. It eases acute agitation right away. Its antipsychotic effect usually takes a couple days to start. If given to "help" an antidepressant work (not FDA approved for this), that usually takes a few days too. As with most psychiatric meds, side-effects (e.g., sedation) can occur right away, but you often have to wait for the benefits. ...Read more

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Can risperidone be prescribed prn?

Can risperidone be prescribed prn?

Not usually: I suppose a doctor could prescribe Risperidone prn, but this wouldn't be utilizing it effectively. It needs consistent use for best results. ...Read more

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What amount risperidone is needed?

What amount risperidone is needed?

Varies greatly: That's a tough question and it depends on quite a few factors. Things to consider include your diagnosis, gender, weight, metabolism, other preexisting medical conditions...but most importantly your response is one of the greatest factors in determining the dose that is just right for you. ...Read more

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How do I get off risperdal safely?

Recommend: That Risperdal dose be safely stair stepped down under physician supervision. Take care. ...Read more

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How large can risperidone dosage be?

16 mg: Is the highest dose listed in the pdr (drug manual). However, most people are not on this dose. Average doses are probably between 1 and 8 mg, with 4 mg being about average. ...Read more

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Share your experience with risperdal?

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Risperdal: Is a second-generation antipsychotic used for treating psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia, mood disorders & organic psychoses. Depending on dose, can cause weight gain, restlessness & effects of increased prolactin such as breast tenderness/breast discharge/menstrual cycle changes. ...Read more

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How big should a risperidone dosage be?

There is none: there is no standard dose. it depends on what is being treated and what the medication is being used for. discuss your concerns with your physician. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to quit risperdal?

Risperdal: If warranted & supervised, tapering down & discontinuing Risperdal is possible. ...Read more

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Is risperidone better tolerated over time?

Is risperidone better tolerated over time?

Medication including: Risperidone is better tolerated over time as the body develops ability to deal with it. Some individuals do not develop ability to tolerate certain medications in which case review with the prescriber is necessary to determine reason and possible alternative medication. Adjustments can be made to improve tolerability to some side effects (e.g., shift to bedtime if sedation occurs). Best regards. ...Read more

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Hi! What is the normal dose of risperidone?

Hi! What is the normal dose of risperidone?

Risperidone dosing: guide: RISPERDAL® can be administered once or twice daily. Initial dosing is 2 mg per day. May increase the dose at intervals of 24 hours or greater, in increments of 1 to 2 mg per day, as tolerated, to a recommended dose of 4 to 8 mg per day. In some patients, slower titration may be appropriate. However prescriber MUST determine individual needs which vary greatly. Best regards. ...Read more

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What is the max dose per day for risperdal?

Varies: max dose considered therapeutic for adults with schizophrenia is 16mg/day. That's A LOT with notable side effects. Max dose is 6mg/day for other populations and conditions. For children with autism-related behavioral issues, no more than 2-3mg/day and even that is questionable. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: risperidone?

Please describe the medication: risperidone?

Risperidone: Risperidone is a second-generation antipsychotic medication used to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, etc. It can be used off-label for augmentation in treatment-resistant ocd, otsd, and depression. In low doses it is less likely than earlier antipsychotics to cause movement disorders, but the risk increases with dose. ...Read more

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Why might someone be prescribed risperidone?

Riseperidone: Risperidone is an antipsychotic the is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, & autism related irritability. Here is an extensive list of off- label uses: http://psychopharmacologyinstitute.com/antipsychotics/risperidone/risperidone-indications-fda-approved-and-off-label-uses/#Off-Label_Uses ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of coming off risperdal?

What are the symptoms of coming off risperdal?

Depends: One should always speak to the prescribing physician before stopping a medication. For most people coming off of Risperidone there are not any. However if treatment is suddenly stopped the symptoms being treated could recur. Stopping suddenly may also rarely cause sweating, nausea, vomiting, difficulty sleeping or tremor, and very rarely muscle cramps, abnormal muscle movements or restlessness. ...Read more