Part 1: Indications, efficacy, dosage, titration, discontinuation, pros and cons, adverse events, availability and how supplied.

> Risperdal (risperidone) Review

The Risperdal (risperidone) Overview is a briefer, more consumer-friendly version of this article. The information in this article comes from twelve separate pages, with more explanatory material, to which the overview links. The title of each section on both pages of this article is also a link to each of those pages.

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Consumers need more information than what is provided in the patient information literature, but are intimidated by, or have no desire to read all of, the prescribing information for a drug. This review of the drug Risperdal (risperidone) provides what the educated consumer wants, highlighting its use as, and comparing it with other Antipsychotics. Also discussed are off-label uses, efficacy, adverse events and how to mitigate them, titration and discontinuation schedules, clinical pharmacology, other aspects of using Risperdal (risperidone), and consumer experiences.


Primary Drug Class

Risperdal (risperidone) is in the Antipsychotics class of medications.

Additional Drug Categories



A review of Risperdal’s prescribing information, the literature, and consumer experience. Regarding off-label applications: if something is to be considered as “clinically significant” there need to be large, double-blind studies or clinical trials in addition to lots of consumer experiences, otherwise it will still be considered as experimental.

FDA-Approved Indications

  • Schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 years old and older
  • Short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder
    • in adults Risperdal may be used alone or in combination with lithium or Depakote
    • in children and adolescents 10–17 years old Risperdal is approved to be taken alone
  • The treatment of parent-embarrassing symptomsirritability associated with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in children and adolescents 5–16 years old

Risperdal Consta (long-acting injection) is approved only for adults. Otherwise the indications are identical to Risperdal tablets and oral solution:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Short-term treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder, either used alone, or in combination with lithium or Depakote

Drugs sometimes have different approvals in different countries.1 Consumers want to know this if they are running out of treatment options; or if they are researching their treatment options they may wish to know if, and why, a medication is approved for something in the US but not anywhere else.

Approved Uses Outside of the US

Clinically Significant or Otherwise Common Off-Label Uses

* Augmenting SSRIs to treat OCD and/or major depression.
  • Panic/Anxiety.

Less Common/Experimental Off-Label Uses

Failed off-label uses

LSD-induced hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder (HPPD). Apparently Risperdal makes it worse, not better.

Potentially dangerous off-label uses

Efficacy & Comparisons with Other Antipsychotics

A review of prescribing information, the literature and consumer experiences. In addition to review sites, which don’t skew as negative as one would think, consumer experiences with medications are frequently reported on social media sites that have nothing to do with medications or illnesses. There is such a consistent overlap in many demographics (e.g. women with bipolar 2 and/or migraines and scrapbooking) to provide a great deal of data on efficacy and adverse reactions from a very natural environment where consumers discuss their conditions and how to treat them that is free of almost all prejudices regarding medications and other treatment options.

Onset of Action

Like all antipsychotics you’ll feel something the next day. Within five to six days you’ll know if this med is going to do anything for you. Various studies and trials have shown results in 2 to 7 days.

Efficacy for its Approved Indications

For schizophrenia:

  • Excellent for “simple” / “normal” schizophrenia, schizoaffective and schizophreniform disorders. That is if you’ve tried a bunch of other meds (except for the really broad-spectrum ones like Seroquel, Zyprexa, Saphris, and Clozaril) and they haven’t worked, Risperdal probably won’t either. If Risperdal is your first med, go for it!
  • According to Stahl, between five and 15% of people who take Risperdal or Invega respond well enough to hold down real jobs and live independently.
  • It seems as if Janssen isn’t filled with a lot of confidence when it comes to RisperdalConsta, the every-other-week, 25mg intramuscular injection version. I’m merely inferring that based upon the consumer-oriented schizophrenia sections of the official US website for RisperdalConsta. Unlike Janssen’s other consumer-oriented site, the RisperdalConsta site displays the typical bigotry found all over the place: the bipolar may be able take of themselves but the schizophrenic are too fucking crazy to do so.

For bipolar mania:

  • Pretty good as far as antipsychotics go.
  • If you tend to get dysphoric manias and/or mixed states instead of euphoric manias, Risperdal might become your best friend.
  • Especially if you are taking another mood stabilizer and take Risperdal only when you need it (PRN) for those times you turn into the Incredible Hulk and smash every glass, dish and piece of furniture where you live and generally scare the shit out of anyone you live with.
  • And have had the police stop by.
  • And you may have had a time-out from polite society in jail and/or the lock ward of a psychiatric hospital due to such outbursts.
  • So tardive dyskinesia be damned, I still have some squirreled away for such emergencies.

For Off-Label Applications

Risperdal versus Other Antipsychotics for Approved Indications

For Schizophrenia

  • Abilify 20-30mg vs. 6mg Risperdal vs. Placebo for schizophrenia & schizoaffective disorders. This is a BMS-sponsored study, so you know Abilify is going to win. The results: A tie! Even with one hand tied behind its back, Risperdal was just as good as Abilify. Abilify was better for negative symptoms and Risperdal was better for positive symptoms. Abilify sucked a lot less for the big-ticket side effects of weight gain, hyperprolactinemia-associated adverse reactions (porno boobs, leaky tits, sexual dysfunction, etc.), and QT interval, but Risperdal is easier to keep down. Oddly enough movement disorders were identical, but this was high-dosage Abilify vs. low target dosage (for schizophrenia) Risperdal.

For Off-Label Uses

These are not prescribing guidelines per se. For consumers they are an antidote to the direct-to-consumer marketing phrase “Talk to your doctor about…” regarding the advertised drug. For physicians they are likewise an antidote to drugs being pushed on them by pharm reps.

A synthesis of the literature and consumer experiences can provide good rules of thumb as to when consumers should and should not talk to their doctors, and when doctors should and should not talk to their patients, about particular drugs the first time they discuss treatment options. If at all.

Why/When Risperdal (risperidone) Should Be Recommended

You have bipolar disorder and experience only dysphoric manias where anger, rage, broken furniture, and visits from the police are the primary symptoms. You’re an adult with ASD who also has another condition often treated with APs. Risperdal is actually pretty good for a variety of ASD symptoms.

Why/When Risperdal (risperidone) Should Not Be Recommended

You had tardive dyskinesia (TD), extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), or some other movement disorder from another antipsychotic.
Or you had a prolactin-related side effect, which usually involves your boobs.

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Dosage, Titration, and Discontinuation

A review of Risperdal’s prescribing information, the literature, and consumer experience. We have found that for most consumers in an out-patient situation the titration schedule published in the prescribing information is often too aggressive. Many would often be better served by starting at a dosage lower than recommended by the manufacturer and, instead of a fixed target dosage, the dosage where symptoms are controlled within a given range is the goal. Patients could adjust their dosage as needed without having to schedule an appointment with their prescriber.

Dosage and Doses

For schizophrenia: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1–2mg a day until you reach 4mg a day. If needed, keep increasing the dosage until you reach 8mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 4–16mg a day.
For bipolar disorder: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2–3mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1mg a day until you reach the target dosage of 1–6mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 1–6mg a day.
I don’t think I’m crazy enough to understand their math. The dosages we suggest depend on how crazy you are at the time and if you’re already taking something. If you’re not too crazy and/or taking something, try 0.25 - 0.5mg and increase by 0.25mg every 2–4 days. If very crazy, go with Janssen’s schedule. RisperdalConsta is one 25mg intramuscular injection every other week for bipolar or schizophrenia.

Dosing Schedule

The PI sheet states that you absolutely cannot mix the foul-tasting oral solution with, or follow it by colas or teas.

Titration Schedule

For schizophrenia: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1–2mg a day until you reach 4mg a day. If needed, keep increasing the dosage until you reach 8mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 4–16mg a day.
For bipolar disorder: Ortho-McNeil-Janssen recommends starting at 2–3mg a day, increasing the dosage by 1mg a day until you reach the target dosage of 1–6mg a day. Once stable you can adjust your dosage as required with a range of 1–6mg a day.
I don’t think I’m crazy enough to understand their math. The dosages we suggest depend on how crazy you are at the time and if you’re already taking something. If you’re not too crazy and/or taking something, try 0.25 - 0.5mg and increase by 0.25mg every 2–4 days. If very crazy, go with Janssen’s schedule. RisperdalConsta is one 25mg intramuscular injection every other week for bipolar or schizophrenia.

One aspect of taking a medication that is frequently missing from patient information, as well as prescribing information, is how to stop taking it. Consumers are left with nothing more than the warning to not stop taking their medication without first talking to their doctor. Circumstances do not always allow for that. Many consumers feel better if they have the knowledge about what they should do.

How to Discontinue

Your doctor should be recommending that you reduce your dosage by 0.25 or 0.5mg a day every 4 to 5 days, if not more slowly than that. Like all antipsychotics, you can stop taking it all at once in an emergency situation (e.g. a life-threatening allergic reaction), but you should do that only under a doctor’s supervision.

Discontinuation Symptoms

Notes, Tips, etc. About Discontinuing Risperdal

Don’t mix the oral solution with anything. It’s the equivalent of cherry-flavored cough syrup. Instead of masking the bad flavor, it just makes it worse. No matter what you use you wind up having to drink more of something that tastes awful. Cowboy up, squirt it as far back in your mouth as you can stand, and follow it with lots and lots of water.

Pros, Cons, and Interesting Information

Even though they want more information than the patient information literature provides, consumers also want a very high-level synopsis. A synthesis of the prescribing information, the literature, and consumer experience provides the pros and cons of using Risperdal (risperidone) for its approved indications and clinically-significant or otherwise common off-label uses.


Stops the rage induced by a dysphoric mania, or mixed state, or autistic melt-down, or extreme schizophrenic agitation, like nothing else. In anywhere from an hour to the next day, without necessarily having to knock you out.
Other than the fact it’s working you can’t even tell you’re taking it for most applications.


While its side effect profile is low at the low dosages, at the dosages required to treat the primary approved applications - schizophrenia and bipolar - it frequently does a number on your hormones. The rates for EPS & TD are higher than some standard antipsychotics.

When doing their own research about a medication, the educated consumer, and perhaps medical students and healthcare professionals may find interesting pieces of information that are rarely discussed in a prescriber-patient setting. Such information may be rarely discussed because it is trivial, but many people tend to remember interesting, albeit trivial information about something along with other information associated with it. There may be something here to get a patient to remember a more important point about a medication. The other side of that mnemonic coin is what a medication is best known for, something a drug-naïve consumer might not know. While prescribers don’t always assume their patients are aware of a drug’s trait that is “common knowledge,” consumers who do some research don’t want to feel like idiots. They want to know something that isn’t misinformation. Prescribers can always couch questions about well-known traits in forms like “You’re aware that Panacea can cause significant giddiness, right?”

Interesting Things Doctors Rarely Tell Their Patients

Risperdal is one of those drugs where the med you take isn’t the substance that does anything. Risperdal is metabolized by your liver to create the drug that actually does something, and that drug is available as Invega.

What Risperdal (risperidone) is Best Known for

Leaky tits. Young or old, male or female, anyone taking Risperdal, especially more than 4mg a day, has a good chance of lactating.
Also having the highest rate of TD & EPS of any atypical antipsychotic (although my money’s on Saphris claiming that title).

Noted Traits & Effects

In spite giving you huge, leaky tits and making you shake like epileptic marionette, there’s nothing on the market better for quelling rage attacks than Risperdal. It doesn’t matter the source. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, even autism. Risperdal will help you calm the fuck down immediately without having to knock you out.

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Adverse Events

A review of prescribing information, the literature, and consumer experiences. One thing this review has found is no matter which neurological/psychiatric drug someone takes, one or more of these adverse events will happen and usually be gone, or at least will diminish to the point where they are barely noticed, within a week or two.

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness/fatigue - even when taking stimulants in some circumstances.
  • Insomnia, instead of or alternating with the drowsiness.
  • Nausea
  • Assorted other minor GI complaints (constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
  • Generally feeling spacey / out of it
    • Which can all add up to the ever-helpful ”flu-like symptoms” listed as an adverse event on the PI sheet of practically every medication on the planet used to treat almost any condition humans and other animals could have.
  • Will affect dreams. There is no way of telling if that will be good or bad, the extent of the change, let alone if this side effect is permanent or temporary.

Potential side effects are often used as a rationalization to not take a medication, and that is a valid reason why prescribers don’t like their patients looking up medications on The Internet. It’s a delicate balancing act between providing too little or too much information about side effects. What may be contrary to popular belief, reports of side effects from consumers on sites run by either medical professionals or consumers themselves are generally not too far outside what is published in the literature after a drug has been on the market.

Common Adverse Events

The usual: headache, nausea, dry mouth, constipation, sleepiness and lethargy or insomnia and way too much energy. Most everything of these go away within a couple of weeks, although the sleep & lethargy or insomnia & being wired may take a little longer.

Uncommon Adverse Events

* Side effects due to increased prolactin
  • Loss of libido & other sexual dysfunctions
  • Swollen/enlarged breasts (AKA porno boobs)
  • Unexpected lactation (it’s especially unexpected when it happens to guys)
  • AP-induced movement disorders
    • Tardive dyskinesia (TD)
    • Extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS)
    • Risperdal is currently known as the worst AAP, and one of, if not the worst AP in general when it comes to movement disorders
  • Heart palpitations, tachycardia and other cardiac weirdness
    • But not prolonged QT interval. Risperdal is one of the safest APs on that account.

These side effects all seem to be dosage-related, so the higher the dosage the more likely / worse they’ll be.

Potentially Dangerous Adverse Events

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Freaky Rare Side Effects:

Rabbit Syndrome. Duck syndrome. Rabbit syndrome! Duck syndrome! Rabbit syndrome!! Rabbit syndrome!!! Sorry 2.

Plus discolored feces, and increased pigmentation.

Ways to counter / minimize / mitigate / deal with some side effects

Names, Availability, Brand vs. Generic Issues, Forms

Consumers not only travel, they often live in other countries for extended periods. Thus they need to know if the medications they take are available in those countries, what trade names are used, and if the less-expensive generic version is available.

Available as Risperdal in these countries

* Argentina, Australia, EU, Ireland, Liechtenstein, UK
  • Risperdal Consta: Australia, Argentina, EU, Ireland, New Zealand, UK

Other trade name(s) for Risperdal used in these countries

  • Belivon: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden
  • Risperdal Quicklet (Orally disintegrating tablets): Australia, EU, Ireland, Liechtenstein, UK
  • Risperdal Instasolv (ODT): Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg
  • Neripros: Indonesia
  • Noprenia: Indonesia
  • Tractal: Colombia
  • Zofredal: Indonesia
  • リスパダー / Risperdal: Japan
  • Рисполепт / Rispolept: Bulgaria, Russia
  • РИСПОЛЕПТ КОНСТА / Rispolept Consta: Bulgaria, Russia
  • الريسبيريدون / Risperdal: Saudi Arabia, perhaps other Arabic-speaking countries

Generic Name and Availability

US Generic name/INN:risperidone
US Generic available?Yes

risperidone is available in these countries3

Australia, Canada, EU, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Viet Nam, UK

Branded Generic Names4 & Transcribed or Transliterated INN/Generic Name5

  • Resdep: Viet Nam
  • Rispid: India
  • Rispolept: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
  • Rispolept Quicklet (ODT): Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
  • Rizodal: Indonesia
  • Sperifar: Viet Nam

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Not all generic medications are created equal. Consumers have noted differences in the quality of medications produced by different manufacturers. See the article on on the differences between brand and generic medications for more information.

Specific generics with complaints, or preferred generics manufacturers

Generics with independently-tested bioequivalence

How Supplied

Available/Supplied As

* Tablets: 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg
  • Orally disintegrating tablets (ODT): 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg
  • 1mg/ml Oral solution (I can tell you from personal experience that it tastes horrible)
  • 25 mg Intramuscular injection - as RisperdalConsta

Shelf Life

0.25,0.5mg tablets & ODTs: 2 years. 1–4mg tablets: 3 years. Oral solution: 3 years, 3 months after opening. IM injection: 3 years.

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1 Before Cymbalta (duloxetine) was approved as an antidepressant in the US it was already approved in the EU, but only for stress urinary incontinence and sold under the trade name Yentreve. Duloxetine is now sold in the EU as an antidepressant under the trade name Cymbalta.
A better known, if slightly different example is bupropion. According to the 2007 edition of Mosby's Drug Consult, and my highly-skilled Google-fu, in the US, Canada and Singapore you can get both Wellbutrin (bupropion) as an antidepressant or as Zyban (bupropion) to stop smoking. In Korea, Thailand and most of South America (but not Brazil) you can get bupropion (under various trade names) only as an antidepressant. In Brazil, the EU & UK, Israel, India, Australia and New Zealand it's only available as Zyban to help you stop smoking.

2 On the off chance you have no idea what that means, copy & paste this link into a convenient browser window:

3 Generic availability isn't fully harmonized in the EU. Sometimes a drug is available everywhere as a generic, sometimes it's available only in a few member states. We'll provide the best information we have.

4 The term "branded generic" has three meanings:
1) A generic drug produced by a generics manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company that makes the branded version. E.g. Greenstone Pharmaceuticals makes gabapentin, and they are owned by Pfizer, who also own Parke-Davis, the makers of Neurontin.
2) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Teva's Budeprion), but otherwise has the same active ingredient as the original branded version (Wellbutrin).
3) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Sanofi-Aventis' Aplenzin, which is bupropion hydrobromide) and uses a salt of the active ingredient that is different from the original branded version and other generics (Wellbutrin, Budeprion and all the others are bupropion hydrochloride). We aren't sure if that really makes a difference or not. The FDA says they're the same thing. As usual, the data are contradictory, but most evidence indicates that the FDA is right and the differences are negligible.
For our purposes a "branded generic name" refers to the second and third definitions. We'll note if any preferred generics are manufactured by the pioneering company's subsidiary.

5 In some countries the INN / generic name is transcribed into a local phonetic equivalent. In Spanish it's often so close as to be redundant (e.g. topiramato vs. topiramate). In Finnish it's close to being a different drug (e.g. escitalopram vs. essitalopraami). I can understand the need to transliterate the INN / generic name into another alphabet (topiramate becomes топирамат in Russian), but giving a med a different generic name using the Latin alphabet just makes it difficult to find.

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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.

* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.

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