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#1 papertrees

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 02:07 AM

I was wondering on the efficacy of risperdal for schizoaffective disorder. I'm on risperdal and lithium. My diagnosis was changed from bipolar with borderline personality disorder to simply schizoaffective. What side effects can I expect apart from lactation? Is this a good combo I'm on? Is this the usual for schizoaffective?

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:53 AM

I took risperdol briefly during a severe manic episode with psychosis. It worked really well to treat the psychosis, IMO. It wasn't as good with anxiety and agitation, so I took it in conjunction with seroquel, which has been my anti-psychotic of choice for awhile now.


I had to stop taking it due to the lactation side effect. What to expect-- ? Well, if you are going to get that side effect, expect to start lactating. For me it wasn't much, although my breasts grew a cup size. The bigger problem was that this, in conjunction with possibly depakote, caused my periods to stop. I'm still waiting for the return of normal function, although I stopped both depakote and risperdol over a month ago. We'll see what happens.

I'd take risperdol again short term, btw, if I needed to. However, I was concerned about possible health effects from continuing to lactate long term, and not have periods.

Btw, my doctor says this is possibly dose dependent. When I dropped the dose a little, the lactation itself went away, although my breasts remained larger than usual, and I didn't get my period. He also seemed to think that invega might be worth a try to see if it took that side effect away (although they haven't, apparently, had enough experience with it to know if less side effects manifest themselves).

I would think that a lithium/risperdol combo would be a fairly good treatment for schizoaffective disorder, provided you don't get too many side effects.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:42 PM

What side effects can I expect apart from lactation?


Per the page on Risperdal's side effects:

Risperdal's Typical Side Effects: The usual for atypical antipsychotics - headache, nausea, dry mouth, sleepiness and lethargy or insomnia and way too much energy. Most everything but the sleepiness & lethargy or bouncing off the walls usually goes away within a couple of weeks.


More side effects and the odds for them on that page.

Is this a good combo I'm on? Is this the usual for schizoaffective?


The usual for schizoaffective is lithium or an anticonvulsant (check) plus an antipsychotic (check).

"Good" depends on your symptoms and any previous history with medication.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 04:32 PM

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 04:08 AM

Thank you all for your responses. I will see a new pdoc on Sunday (it's thursday now). I wonder if he'll change my meds or whatnot. Anyhow, thank you all.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 02:49 PM

I took Risperidone for Schizoaffective Disorder of the Depressive Type.

It did NOT agree with me.

Not only was it impotent in terms of treatment, it also caused problems in energy (I could NOT resist going to sleep 15 mins after taking it), difficulties breathing (I found it VERY hard to breathe) and it generally made me ache all over.

Since then I've gone through a host of antipsychotics and only Cloazpine has worked for my psychosis. My depression was equally hard to treat, resulting in a spell of 12 ECT sessions and multiple antidepressants.

I guess that's why they called me treatment resistant :mad:



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Posted 01 July 2008 - 03:40 AM

Thanks for all your replies but I'm now off risperdal and off my old pdoc and on a new one and on abilify again and topamax again.
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 02:28 PM

Good luck with the new combo.
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