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Delusions Of Grandeur - Anyone Know About Resperidone?

Discussion in 'Medications & Substances' started by willing, Mar 17, 2007.

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  1. willing

    willing Active Member

    So here I am 37 days out of the hospital and my inhuman psychiatrist claims PTSD is a fad of 10 years ago. The Lexipro pushed me into mania or hypo-mainia and so now reluctantly he is saying I am bipolar but because I hear voices (which I still don't agree with him) he has switched me to Reperidone, an antipsychotic. Also used to treat mainia. Which I feel I still am in after about two weeks. I went to the medications and didn't see this in there. I have read a bunch but I am still concerned that this is a temporary fix and this doctor is just collecting his money and not supporting me in anyway. Parinoid? Who knows. I am so tired of trying. Heavan forbid if I become incapacitated again. As it is I am only able to do one thing at a time. And I am freaking out that I will have to try and go back to work because this doctor doesn't like that I am on disablity and wants to see me back at work soon...Is he out to get me. Thinking. My thinking is all messed up now. Is it real or is it PTSD? I see and understand this balancing act nightmare now. Thanks for letting me vent. I am scheduled to see a new doc in mid April. In the meantime my regular medical doc is great and I may turn to him as the interim doctor until I find another pdoc.

    Thoughts on resperidone anyone?
    Happy St. Patty day
    Ha Ha
    Patty aka Willing
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  3. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt! Premium Member

    This is from Wikipedia:

    Risperidone (Belivon®, Rispen®, Risperdal® in the United States) is an atypical antipsychotic medication developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica. It was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1993. It is most often used to treat delusional psychosis (including schizophrenia), but risperidone (like other atypical antipsychotics) is also used to treat some forms of bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome. Generally lower doses are used for autistic spectrum disorders than are used for schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis; risperidone has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for symptomatic treatment of irritability in autistic children and adolescents.[1]
    Risperidone is now the most commonly prescribed antipsychotic medication in the United States.

    Common side effects include nausea, anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, low blood pressure, muscle stiffness, muscle pain, sedation, tremors, increased salivation and weight gain (it is not uncommon for patients taking risperdal over long periods to gain upwards of 50 pounds or even more). It has also been known to cause sexual dysfunction such as retrograde ejaculation.
    Occasionally breast tenderness and eventually lactation in both genders may occur. Many antipsychotics are known to increase prolactin because they inhibit dopamine. However, risperidone is known to increase prolactin to a greater extent than most other antipsychotics, such as quetiapine. It is thought that once risperidone raises prolactin, it may cause tumors in the pituitary gland. This may recur even if the patient has switched to a different antipsychotic.[2]
    (TD), (NMS), although the risk is generally less than for the older Like all antipsychotics, risperidone can potentially cause tardive dyskinesiaextrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), and neuroleptic malignant syndrometypical antipsychotics.
    Also, like all atypical antipsychotics, risperidone can trigger diabetes and more serious conditions of glucose metabolism, including ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar coma.[3]

    Get the hell off of it and get a new doctor!!

  4. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Geez that's bloody not good. I hate psychiatrists sometimes! Don't get labelled as something you are not - PTSD has links to psychoticism anyway, as people 'hear' voices of those who traumatised them. I don't know if that's the case with you, but don't take what a psychiatrist says as gospel if it's not sitting right with you. Change doctor's, and if they get arsey, get some independent advocacy.

    good luck, let us know how it goes.

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  5. anthony

    anthony Silently Watching Founder

    I would say, get a new doctor.
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  6. Marlene

    Marlene I'm a VIP Premium Member

    Gee, if I'd known that PTSD was just a fad, I wouldn't have bothered. *rolling eyes*

    Adding my vote to all others-new doctor.
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  7. Kathy

    Kathy I'm a VIP

    My niece was on risperidone for about a week. She was given it to treat her rage. She experienced very bad side effects - woke up in the night coughing and wheezing, had severe digestive problems, and it took her several hours to wake up properly each day. She is an artist and the drug rendered her incapable of doing any artwork whatsover. She didn't have any rages while on it, but she also had very little else in the way of personality. She was like a shell of a person really. So we took her off it, she went back to being herself rather quickly, and we were relieved. I don't think it's a good drug for PTSD, and long term use causes severe weight gain in most people. I agree with everyone else. Get a new doctor and get off the risperidone!
  8. lrs

    lrs Well-Known Member

    Mega Ditto's, find another Dr. This one could not find his arse with both hands tied behind his back.
    Personally, I never had delusions of grandeur, but that's just me.

    Yours Truly,
    Hercules Rockefeller
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  9. willing

    willing Active Member

    You crack me up Hercules Rockefeller
    no pun intended
  10. maus

    maus Active Member

    difficult stuff

    this is a difficult question
    there are two groups of anti-psychotic drugs
    -classic (haldol, orap, cisordinol etc. many)
    -atypical (new generation of drugs risperdal, zyprexa, leponex, seroquel)

    risperdal is atypical. The classical drugs are well know for there (side)effects because they have been used for years on patients.
    The atypical drugs aren't any more effective then the classical ones.
    The atypical supposed to have fewer side effects concerning involuntary muscle contractions and muscle stiffness. For Risperdal this is only the case in low doses otherwise the side effects are the same. And they claim they have more effect on the so-called negative symptoms in schizophrenia (apathy, not able to learn anything new, flooded when provided with information, withdrawal from social life).
    Risperdal is used for a manic episode and psychosis in schizophrenia, and ADHD in children in the USA.
    Anti-psychotic drugs are also used for the fact that it sometimes helps people who have ego problems, like hardly any thoughts about the past and the future, weak identity, difficulty handling stressful situations up to nearly developing a psychosis.

    Information about drugs are not very useful because only your psychiatrist knows the symptoms and has the experience with drugs he prescribed for his patients and their effect on several symptoms. Prescribing drugs is based on the personal experiences a physician has with the drug. He must also evaluate the effect over time and make adjustments. Every person responds slightly different to the same drug. Also your diagnosis is not very clear to you and your physician. It is important to stay with the same physician for a prolonged time so the (side)effects can be evaluated properly.
    Be also aware that drugs aren't always used for the disease they are registered for. This is called off-label, which means that a drug can help someone because of the side effects of the drug. For example prescribing anti-epileptics not for epilepsy but for anger outburst, or wellbutrin (bupropion) an anti-depressive for quitting smoking.
    That your psychiatrist maybe believes you're having a (border)psychosis, or a manic episode or hearing voices which may not be correct isn't that relevant. Risperdal can help reducing the symptoms even if they come from ptsd or another disorder. It's merely to see how you respond to the drug than what causes your symptoms. That will be dealt with in therapy (hopefully). Psychiatrists want to reduce the presented symptoms first to calm you down and make you accessible for intervention and counselling.

    Hope this clarifies more than it raises questions :)
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  11. raye4

    raye4 Member

    I just had a Doctor go completely against all mutual diagnosis of PTSD and began to treat me for bipolar unbenounced to me--I attempted suicide on 10/10/2010 and was put in a unit. Definitely get a new Doctor for your own safety. If it had not been for my best friend convincing me to recently move--I may not be here right now--She works in the medical field and she knew I was not being treated and she got me up here where I instantly was re-diagnosed with PTSD again! Where I recently lived if the episode was so bad that I had to go to the ER for ativan, something stronger for panic--I was always seen by Doctors that had no clue what PTSD even was! (must be the fad thing) They would ask repetitive ?'s as to what it was-how it happened to me--Let me tell you--during those periods is not when you need to go over every detail of what's happened to you just because they don't have the right education! My daughter was also diagnosed with PTSD and was placed on Risperdone on a low dose in order to slow her thought process down and allow her mind to rest at night so she could sleep.
    Find a new Doctor and if they don't help--Go to a new one and so on! Sometimes we, ourselves know more about what's going on than they do--we just can't explain it right!
  12. SonjaMichelle

    SonjaMichelle New Member

    I've been on Risperidone for about 8 months now. The only major side effect I've noticed for me is major dizziness. As a corollary I'd say my BP is a bit lower than normal to which the dizziness is a symptom. I notice the dizziness most with orthostatic changes. (Standing up, bending down, etc) My partner tells me that since I've been on it I haven't had as many attacks and has seen a positive change in me.
  13. cactus_jack

    cactus_jack Well-Known Member

    I fully understand that. One of my doctors did just that. I went against my better judgement and listened to him. And for three years I took risperidal, depakote and paxil. And I found out the hard way that it wasn't good for me.

    And I found out I was supposed to have blood tests regularly. I had only two the entire time I was on that stuff. It was awful.

    I found out later on in another state that the shrink recognized that I had PTSD and not bi-polar. So that really made me mad. Now, I don't trust them even if my life depends on it.

    Stay off that stuff. Be very very very careful getting off of it. I can be a bad drug to ditch.
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