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How Many Mg. Of Risperdal Do You Take A Day?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:08 PM

Started Risperdal yesterday evening (Thurs) as an addition to Buproprion for recurrent depression/bipolar NOS. My insurance wouldn't cover Saphris which my pdoc prescribed first. To start, I am supposed to take .5mg twice a day. The first dose made me dizzy and sedated, so much so that I skipped the one this morning (Fri) since I had to work. I told my pdoc that I would start the morning dose Saturday. I have the next 5 days off so it is a perfect time to start. I noticed today that I didn't get so angry/anxious over things that would usually have bothered me a lot more. I hope it continues and is not just a coincidence. Unfortunately, I had to take some Vivarin to wake myself up this morning at work. It is very rare that I have to do that. I save it for times when I feel like death warmed over. Too much caffeine upsets my stomach. So far my dose of Risperdal tonight hasn't made me feel as dizzy or tired (yet) as it did yesterday. At the same time I'm lowering my dose of Bupropion from 400mg to 150mg and Lamotrigine (which I am starting to discontinue completely due to walking balance issues and lack of effectiveness psych-wise) from 150mg to 100mg. Wish me luck.
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#32 herstory


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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:14 AM

Im taking 2 mg at night , and it sedates me. i have a good sleep. before i take invega, seroquel, zyprexa, faverine, kemadrine. but not im fine with the 2 mg. it works for me . i hope im going to be ok with this, no more changes of meds.
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#33 apetasticaL


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Posted 26 August 2012 - 02:09 PM

i was on 2mg per day for a short amount of time. it broke through my psychosis but made me very sedated. it was basically a stop-gap medicine for when i was hospitalized in a manic psychosis. i was switched to geodon shortly afterwards.
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axis I dx: bipolar NOS
rx: lamotrigine 200, aripiprazole 15, topiramate 100

past rx: lithium carbonate, divalproex sodium, gabapentin, levetiracetam, paroxetine, fluoxetine, doxepin, trazodone, quetiapine, paliperidone, ziprasidone, risperidone, olanzapine, trifluoperazine, methylphenidate, phenobarbital, chlordiazepoxide, diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, buspirone, hydroxyzine, zolpidem, ramelteon

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:08 PM

I'm back on it again. I'm on 1.5mg (0.5mg in the morning and 1mg at night). I have to space the dose out for it to work well. If I don't take a morning dose I end up feeling not good that day. The pdoc said I can go up to 2mg if I feel the need to but I really don't think I need that much right now.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:09 PM

Despite it's being generic and thus now cheap, make no mistake about it: risperidone is a drug that has helped millions. The worst sid-effect seems to be weight gain, but I believe that is somewhat dose-dependent. It is basically a great all-around AAP, and now available to many more people because it's generic. Also Risperdal Consta, the two week injection, is now a generic and that really helps those who need an injection antipsychotic and an alternative to Haldol decoanate. And I fail to see how Invega is much of an improvement, besides less drug interactions and being once-a-day. It is incredibly more expensive that risperidone, and most people do just as well taking risperidone once daily. I used to take all of mine at night/bedtime.

Also, remember that most of the first generation AAP's are available as generics now: Zyprexa (olanzapine), Seroquel (immediate-release only quetiapine), and Geodon (ziprasidone). I use generic ziprasidone and find it quite effective. None of those are as cheap as risperidone yet (it usually takes at least a year for a generic drug's price to significantly drop) BUT many more people will have better access to them as their insurance formularies will cover a generic drug.


Edited by egodystonic_james, 14 September 2012 - 06:16 PM.

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-Somatoform Pain Disorder

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Seroquel XR (brand-name quetiapine extended-release) 300 mg once daily in the evening

BuSpar (generic buspirone) 15 mg four times daily

Remeron (generic mirtazapine  15 mg once daily at bedtime 

trazodone (generic) 150 mg as needed once daily at bedtime 


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#36 Maurits


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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:08 AM

6 mg a day for paranoid schizophrenia.
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