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Risperdal (Risperidone) Vs Abilify

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#1 silliwilli

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:02 AM

I've been on Risperdol for 6 months with some odd side effects. It makes me drool while I sleep, decreases my sex drive and ability to orgasm (female), weight gain only in the belly but not limbs or face. Other than that it feels ok and I haven't had a manic episode in 6 months. I also quit smoking pot which was causing me to hallucinate.

 

So, I begged my psych to switch me to something else. I can't handle the sex part of it anymore and it's not helping with the fact that I'm always depressed and anxious. I had some crazy side effects to Wellbultrin where it made me feel heavy like drunk spins without the drunk part. I stopped taking it immediately.

 

Now he is trying Abilify. Has anyone had good experiences with just taking it without other medications?


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#2 corlyn

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 10:52 PM

risperdone didnt treat me so well either. it made me crazy dizzy just sitting down. gained weight that now that I'm off of it i am finally getting back to normal, partly due to the clonazepam killing my appetite and that i can move around without the fear of falling on my face. The plus side is it made my mania go away.

 

I haven't been on Abilify but my pdoc strongly recomends it but i cant afford it.  it sounds like some miracle drug though.  I've heard a lot of good things about it.  But I've never heard of it being used alone, its usually added to existing meds; mood stabilizers ect..

 

Its always an adventure finding the right mix.  I cant be on anti depressants because it sends me to the land of mania.


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Posted 06 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

Abilify was a miracle med for me...until it gave me issues with my tongue (after like a year and a half on and off of it, mostly on) and got really expensive so i had to ditch it. They discontinued their program that made it $25/month for a copay. Arg!

 

I have not taken it by itself though. I hope it works well for you!


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 02:53 AM

I add a combo Abilify/Risperdal for a while. Didn't help.

On their own they don't help me either.

I just added abilify to my Clozapine/Lamictal coktail and it is starting to help!

Edited by Snoopy, 07 April 2013 - 02:54 AM.

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#5 Simba Cub

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:02 AM

I'm afraid I'm not much help on the whole Risperidone v. Aripiprazole thing. It was unlucky enough to experience some rather severe side effects on Risperidone: basically, it knocked me out, 100%. I'd take the pill and ten minutes later I'd be asleep for 14 hours, no way was I staying awake! Pity I didn't need a sedative, it would have been my wonder drug! Aripiprazole was ok, just not strong enough.

 

But yeah... biased man walking here!

 

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:19 AM

Simba,

 

The sedative effect goes away very fast.

 

My first 2mg of Risperdal, I got akathisia in 30 minutes, scary.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 10:22 AM

Snoopy, I wish that were the case, but I gave it over a month to fade away and it didn't :( That and it never really worked for me :\



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Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:51 AM

That's awful!

 

Risperdal hangover is far worse than any huge dose of bad alcohol.


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Posted 07 April 2013 - 12:16 PM

Abilify did a good job by itself for me for the five months I was on it--though a couple months in I had to add Xanax for anxiety and then Cogentin for akathisia. The Cogentin at the dose I needed to control the akathisia messed with my vision. At that time it seemed like too many medicines and I quit them all. (And now look at all the drugs I need to feel good!)  When I inevitably ended up with mania I went on Seroquel and had like a zillion side effects, but no akathisia. I wouldn't hesitate to go back on Abilify if my Latuda conks out; I liked the energy it gave me and I know how to treat akathisia (from the Latuda) this time around.


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Latuda 60mg;   propranolol 80mg;  benztropine 0.25mg (akathisia);   Luvox 100mg;  Lamictal 200mg;  

For sleep (rotating):   trazadone 50-100mg;  Lunesta 3mg;  Seroquel 50mg  

 

Prn: Xanax up to 3mg;

 

Efffexor,  Cymbalta,  Zoloft,  Valium,  clonazepam, Seroquel, Abilify,  Ambien,  Wellbutrin, Viibryd


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:54 AM

Risperdal-- currently on it now. I've never felt more stable, albeit for the breakthrough mixed episodes I get, which is why I'm also on Depakote too. I feel as if I'm taking nothing, no side effects whatsoever. No weight gain, no leaky breasts, no sedation, no akathisia, no EPS. I'm only on 2mg so YMMV. I don't get really deep depressions and really high manias on it though. Oh, and no more psychosis.

 

Abilify- This was my go-to med for almost 4 years (on and off it, but mostly on). It didn't stop the mixed states. I was cutting myself a lot. It didn't stop manias and depressions either, which is why I always took it with Lamictal. I didn't gain any weight on it though, no akathisia, but I had EPS- my hands and heads would shake, so I needed a med to control that as well. I guess I stayed on it because my pdoc at the time thought it was the best med for me. Well, wrong! I'm glad I switched pdocs now and feel so much better on Risperdal.

 

Overall, I'm happy with Risperdal and really sorry that I didn't try it sooner. 


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 03:43 AM

papertrees,

Always good to hear a success story :)



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:33 AM

papertrees,

Always good to hear a success story :)



Rich::

 

Thanks! 

 

I'm into making others feel more positive about these meds as most of what I hear are complaints.

 

There is a silver lining to MI, and now that I see it, I like sharing it too.

 

My advice for anyone is to continue the med-go-round until the best mix is found. At first, I didn't want to try Risperdal because it could potentially cause more weight gain than Abilify.

 

Haven't gained a pound.

 

I was also afraid to try Depakote, for fear of weight gain and hair loss. I've been on it a week (I know, too soon to tell) but I seem to be losing weight, and my hair is just fine.

 

Thanks for the encouragement!


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Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create - so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating. -Pearl S. Buck

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

*Update* Thanks for all the input! So I've been on the Abilify for 4 days. I found it prevents me from sleeping or maybe it's because I started taking it when everyone is being active around a holiday? Anyways, I started taking it in the morning and that seems to help. For the first time ever I feel super positive. I have also been exercising a lot. So I don't know if the great feeling is isolated to the medication or just a change in my lifestyle. So far no side effects like restlessness or flu flopping tongue.

 

I can say that being off the Risperdol/Risperdone has made me lose weight in the stomach already. I've stopped having hunger pangs in the afternoon. Now, if only I could get my sex drive back. I'll try to update again by the end of 1 month taking Abilify.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 10:03 AM

There are some patient assistance programs out there and even an app that is pretty cool.  It allows you to put in the medication name and then it will tell you if there are any resources for help. 

Thought i would give the link when there was talks of the expense.  It happens with a lot of drugs as we all know. 


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 09:09 AM

I think it's quite strange... I was tired with Risperdal only for the first few days... I take 0.5mg in the morning and at night and I never get sleepy.

It's also done fantastic things for me.
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