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celery: coming off risperidone, does anyone have tips for tapering of risperidone 2mg

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#1 celery


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 01:33 AM

hello,everybody. im verygrateful i found this site.it is so informative and helpful. can anyone give as many tips for coming of/tapering  from risperidone?


I currently take 2mg of risperidone and i have seen my doctor and she has agreed to allow me to taper from the drug.


Any reccomendations in terms of diet,sleep and rest would be grateful especially in response to the withdrawal period. Im eating well and including good nutrition in my diet such as beans,meat fish, eggs and plenty of vegetables as well as plenty of complex carbohydrates.My diet is not restrictive. I also drink milk. I also now eat alot of good fats like coconut oil,omega 3. I eat a very nutritious diet and im aware that diet is very important.


I also know that sleep deprivation is something to be aware of  and that i need to sleep well and sleep long enough. I also make sure i rest. i do yoga, aqua aerobics and pilates so i do activities that are helping my mind and well being.


My living situation is very good and i feel safe though i live on my own. i dont smoke,i dont drink any form of alcohol, and i dont drink fizzy drinks. i also dont drink tea or coffeee. I drink herbal teas.


Any useful information that offers more clarity and insight would be very beneficial as well as supportive. Thank you Celery

Edited by scallywag, 09 January 2017 - 12:02 PM.
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I have been taking 2mg of Risperidone since January 2000. Since January 11 2017 I have been tapering off 2mg of Risperidone with the assistance of my doctor. My doctor has been very supportive. I now take 2mg of risperidone and 1.5 mg of Risperidone on alternate days. This will continue for the next 7 weeks. Then I will meet up via appointment to check in with my doctor to discuss how I am feeling and then discuss the next stage of tapering and find out what may be the right dose for me. I have had 2 admissions into hospital in the past 17 years. Once in 2002 and once in 2008 due to tapering which was done in my opinion in a way that was unlikely to benefit me the patient as I was not fully prepared for it and I did not have the self-awareness that I do now. Though in some ways I admit that I was not fully ready for it! At the moment I feel very well and I'm coping well. 


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Posted 09 January 2017 - 12:07 PM

Celery -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA)
It's great that you're investigating how to manage all the different aspects of your well-being before beginning to taper risperidone.

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It will probably be helpful for you to read these topics:
Before you begin tapering -- what you need to know
What is withdrawal syndrome

We suggest that people taper slowly, decreasing by no more than 10% per month, to minimize the risk withdrawal symptoms arising. Here are tapering topics relevant to your situation:
Why taper by 10% of my dosage?
Tips for tapering off Risperdal (risperidone)

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This is YOUR introduction topic -- the place for you to ask questions, record symptoms, share your progress, and connect with other members of the SA community.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results
Cymbalta (brand name), 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 20 mg to 7 mg in 2016, exact doses and dates in this post;
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