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#1 sleepy

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:11 PM

I tried to quit Risperdal cold turkey a few years ago. Big mistake, I know. I went for more than half a year with the worst depression imaginable and probably hyperglycemia, because I was urinating 30 or more times a day. I then starting bawling uncontrollably in public places. I had to get back on it and I've been relatively fine since, but I've had enough of the side effects, and every so often, I start getting terrible withdrawals, even though I'm still taking the medication regularly. I am down to .5mg though.

Has anyone been on the drug for a few years and successfully gotten off of it without long-term consequences?

If that nightmarish depression returns as a withdrawal symptom, should I tough it out, or wait it out and see if I ever get over it completely, or should I have some other medication prescribed to soften that blow?
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:59 PM

If you got depressed after stopping it and it lasted half a year, that is most likely your depression returning and not withdrawal. So the med was keeping the depression at bay. This indicates you do indeed need to be on something to treat your depression.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:05 PM

If your depression returns it's most likely not a symptom of withdrawal. It's probably your brain returning to it's unmedicated state. Or less medicated state

If you are taking the medicine regularly you should not be having withdrawal symptoms. What kind of symptoms are you having? What kind of side effects? Has your psych assisted you in lowering your dosage?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:40 AM

The depression after getting off the med was the most intense psychic pain I've ever experienced. I was bed ridden, I couldn't read or watch television, as everything was so offensive that it made me sick to my stomach. My brow was permanently affixed in the maximum furrowed state possible and I would spend all day and night begging the gods to kill me, and I had constant, horrible nightmares. When a bad thought, like a past mistake, would enter my mind, I'd get a shock of physical pain throughout my body, so I would have to repeat a nonsense phrase thousands of times a day. I thought I knew what depression was, until I tried to get off risperdal, and I've heard this from other people as well.

My GP did assist me in lowering my dosage, The withdrawals from that lasted more than a month. The intense anxiety I had has decreased measurably, and I'm actually almost able to hold a conversation now.

Withdrawals are hard to describe. It's kind of a pressure in my head with an extreme dizziness and slight nausea. My hands shake and my teeth chatter (my teeth are chattering now and have been for a week). I have to pee every ten minutes. It's not pleasant by any stretch. These withdrawals occurred before I reduced the dosage and would sometimes last a month.

Side effects are drowsiness, inability to concentrate or perform complex tasks, increased anxiety, zero libido, loss of interest in all things.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:16 AM

Risperdal is probably the one medication I quit cold turkey. I took it for about a month to curb an euphoric mania episode (I did taper up), but stopped it when I became aboulic -- the sign, according to pdoc1, that the danger was gone and normalcy could be restored, with no withdrawal effects. Chronic use may differ considerably though.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

The depression after getting off the med was the most intense psychic pain I've ever experienced. I was bed ridden, I couldn't read or watch television, as everything was so offensive that it made me sick to my stomach. My brow was permanently affixed in the maximum furrowed state possible and I would spend all day and night begging the gods to kill me, and I had constant, horrible nightmares. When a bad thought, like a past mistake, would enter my mind, I'd get a shock of physical pain throughout my body, so I would have to repeat a nonsense phrase thousands of times a day. I thought I knew what depression was, until I tried to get off risperdal, and I've heard this from other people as well.

Risperdal can cause depression as a side effect but if you're having depression for that long after you've quit taking it then that is most likely your own depression returning. As you said yourself, you experienced this depression for over 6 months after you'd gotten off of the med. This medication is out of your system in about 4-5 days.

My GP did assist me in lowering my dosage, The withdrawals from that lasted more than a month. The intense anxiety I had has decreased measurably, and I'm actually almost able to hold a conversation now.

Be careful having a GP prescribing you psych meds. They do not always have the expertise to handle these things. The Prozac is probably something that your GP knows plenty about. He/she may not know so much about the Risperdal as it's in a more complex class of meds. That requires a bit more finesse and training than most GPs get and most GPs don't stay up to date on the psych med journals, they simply don't have enough hours in the day.

Withdrawals are hard to describe. It's kind of a pressure in my head with an extreme dizziness and slight nausea. My hands shake and my teeth chatter (my teeth are chattering now and have been for a week). I have to pee every ten minutes. It's not pleasant by any stretch. These withdrawals occurred before I reduced the dosage and would sometimes last a month.

To me these read as side effects. dizziness and nausea, tremor and polyuria. Having to urinate that often may also be a sign of increased blood sugar so you should be getting some blood tests done regularly to check on that. What concerns me here is the teeth chattering. It could be an emotional response or it could be something more, have you told your GP about it?

Side effects are drowsiness, inability to concentrate or perform complex tasks, increased anxiety, zero libido, loss of interest in all things.

Risperdal has a lot of side effects that a lot of people get. Perhaps you could make a list of the side effects that really bother you, it seems that the impaired concentration is one. (I understand, my meds give me that as well.) and present these to your doctor and ask to stay away from meds that tend to have these side effects. You must understand that there is no perfect med out there, everything has it's down side, but there are plenty of meds that don't have the concentration issues or don't have them to the same extent. - Plus you're taking Prozac, it's hard to sort out what side effects are from which med when you're on more than one med. It could be from one or the other or a combo of the two together.

I would also recommend trying to get a psych. Nothing against your GP but psychs are specifically trained for this and keep up with the latest information. If you had any other specific illness you'd go see a specialist, this should be no different.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:19 AM

I'll have to go back to the free mental health clinic, where at least there's a resident psychiatric doctor. I don't want to be on an antipsychotic anymore. It makes like practically unbearable. Perhaps I'll get off of it, under the care of the free clinic, and they can prescribe another SSRI or similar to take that edge off.

I did read somewhere that, if you quit Risperdal cold turkey, and probably most especially if you've been on it for a good while, that it makes your depression harder to treat thereafter. Maybe it altered my brain chemistry enough that it made my depression much worse.

I like the Prozac, and have had no side effects from it, aside from weight gain. It isn't nearlly enough by itself though.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

I'll have to go back to the free mental health clinic, where at least there's a resident psychiatric doctor. I don't want to be on an antipsychotic anymore. It makes like practically unbearable. Perhaps I'll get off of it, under the care of the free clinic, and they can prescribe another SSRI or similar to take that edge off.

I did read somewhere that, if you quit Risperdal cold turkey, and probably most especially if you've been on it for a good while, that it makes your depression harder to treat thereafter. Maybe it altered my brain chemistry enough that it made my depression much worse.

I like the Prozac, and have had no side effects from it, aside from weight gain. It isn't nearlly enough by itself though.


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Risperdal doesn't alter your brain chemistry and make your depression worse. Your depression evolves all by itself, your illness gets worse all on its own.

Repeatedly starting and stopping drugs makes it harder to treat your illness. This is not specific to Risperdal, this happens with any medication for a chronic condition.

If you are taking / have taken a medication that did absolutely nothing for your symptoms and subsequently quit it, that would be something different. But quitting a medication that is alleviating one's symptoms only to have said symptoms return with gusto should come as no surprise.


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Well then, I am an incredibly depressed mofo. Almost completely non functional without medication.

I'm able to quit Prozac with no withdrawls, and can go for months without any discernable difference. I did this once, and went about a year without it, but I eventually returned to my highly irritable self, and in the interest of those who have to deal with me, I got back on it.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:06 PM

By stopping risperdal, you've rocked your brain more than you think.

You have been on Prozac + Risperdal. That is a very potent, symbiotic combination.... Adding risperdal to Prozac significantly amplifies the AD effect than if u just were taking Prozac. It's a super-charged AD.

I can tell u from experience. By itself, risperdal actually worsened my depression. But adding it to Prozac turned the Prozac into a monster.

Incredibly strong. Just my experience.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:51 PM

By stopping risperdal, you've rocked your brain more than you think.

You have been on Prozac + Risperdal. That is a very potent, symbiotic combination.... Adding risperdal to Prozac significantly amplifies the AD effect than if u just were taking Prozac. It's a super-charged AD.

I can tell u from experience. By itself, risperdal actually worsened my depression. But adding it to Prozac turned the Prozac into a monster.

Incredibly strong. Just my experience.


By AD, do you mean attention deficit? My new pharmacist was required to warn me that those two medications have a negative affect on each other, or something to that effect.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:17 PM

AD=antidepressant.

Prozac may increase plasma concentrations of Risperdal so watch your dose of Prozac. Increase slowly, you may need less than if you were taking Prozac alone. I would not call this a negative effect.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:23 AM

Well, I quit risperdal 3 days ago. Still having the dizzy, wired withdrawals. It might last a week to a month. Like clockwork, my blood sugar has gone haywire. I get extremely hot after eating. Pretty soon, this will be permanent. I wish there was a medication to counteract the ill effects of risperdal withdrawal. I can't tell my family about any of this because my sister and her husband think i'll become a deranged axe murderer if I quit risperdal, and we live on the same property.

I have an appointment at the free clinic in a few weeks. I'll have to get on something else, but I'll never take an antipsychotic again. I'm on an SSRI. Anyone have any general advice on which generaql direction to take? Maybe seraquel? This is for major depression, and I know everyone is different.


edit: day six or seven, still wired, dizzy, blurry vision, sick, headaches, extreme drowsiness, extreme body temperature fluctuations, chattery teeth, shaky hands, random nausia, mental fog, nightmares.

Day eight, and I feel fucking excellent. I've read about a temporary euphoric state after getting off medications. There's a name for it, and I expect a crash and burn to come, but I'm enjoying this while it lasts. I can feel music again and I'm listening to Physical Graffiti. Bliss.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:43 AM

Hi,

I've experienced that depression you are talking about when dropping risperidone, I'm now on 6 mg and would like to start reducing. I've been told you have to leave it so slowly during the same time you took it to a maximum of 2 years...

you are you now? have you tried leaving it again?


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Posted 29 April 2013 - 08:38 PM

This is my second attempt at getting off Risperdal. The weight gain is just such a deal breaker for me. I've halved my dose and an okay right now. Stopping is going to be the hard part.
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:20 PM

I had been on 1mg risperdal for about 2 years, it was originally prescribed for hypomania and difficulty sleeping. I didn't experience any bad side effects and I loved sleeping well, but decided I should try and get off it. It is an anti-psychotic and well, one less med couldn't hurt if it wasn't needed.

 

With pdoc assistance lowered dosage down to 0.5mg for about 10 days and then 0.25mg for about 10 days. As soon as I was completely off it, I could not sleep! Pdoc prescribed Ambien for a month to see if that would help. Nope. I was taking massive doses of melatonin and tryptophan and ambien and I was not sleeping. I ran out of ambien and decided to take 0.25 mg of Risperdal. I slept like a baby! What a relief. I figure, eh it's such a low dosage and it works.


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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

I'm off and couldn't be happier! I don't sleep as well, true, but I am sleeping!
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Posted 14 October 2013 - 09:13 PM

I convinced my psych to let me try a slow taper off Risperidal. I have decreased .5mg for three weeks and I'm not sure if I'm having withdrawal symptoms or that I am seeing and feeling life as it is and not altered by the drug. I have been on anti-psych meds for over 40 years. I learned about life while medicated. So I'm not really sure what are 'normal' feelings. I am not sleeping well, but that isn't unusual. I find myself daydreaming more and I have had the sensation that things aren't real at tmes. I read a book, the Etiology of an Epidemic, where I came to understand how my brain has been altered by the meds. I am angry as hell that I am and have been a victim of psych med revolution.
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Posted 02 January 2014 - 04:18 PM

I've seen several people mention what isn't withdrawal--symptoms after months off a drug, etc.--but how long do actual risperidone withdrawals take? I was on 1 mg. for years and have started lamotrigine and tapered off risperidone, finally coming completely off three days ago. I have night sweats, jaw clenching and I can't stop squirming in bed, I have to pee almost every hour and I'm exhausted.

 

This is nowhere as bad as, say, coming off Effexor was, but I'd like to know how long I can expect to feel this way, if anyone else has experience with this. Thanks very much for your help.


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