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#1 risperdalhater

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:30 PM

Hello everybody, i hope everyone is well.  i would like to thank altostrata for this website and i also want to thank whoever volunteers, so thank you.

 

anyways, i am almost fully recovered from the harmful effects of risperidone. I did not think i would recover, all in all it took 14 months to feel "normal."

 

Here's a link of my first topic if you want more of a perspective on how i used to be:

 

http://survivinganti...fe/#entry234527

 

I took risperidone for about 3 weeks, i recall starting off with 2mg doses daily then after a few days i complained about drowsiness and feeling weird so they lowered the dose to 1mg then after a few more days they worked their way up to 3mg daily and a long with that i received a long acting 7mg injection which can be taken once a month (as i recall).  

 

towards the end of me taking the drug i started feeling very very drowsy and i recall saying in a pathetic weak voice "I don't like this, i want to stop", so i dumped the risperidone in the trash and never took it again, i stopped cold turkey.  the next week and a half or so i went through the worst experience of my life until that point.

i had:

 

- constant shakiness

- could barely sleep

- extreme sadness

- seemingly a complete absence of happiness

- serious muscular fatigue and weak blood flow

 

these all disappeared after that week and a half except for the muscular fatigue and weak blood flow.  the sadness/blah feeling got better at an extremely slow pace.  libido died of course (pretty common with risperidone). thankfully i did not grow breasts or lactate like some of the victims of risperidone, perhaps they took it longer or took a higher dose.

 

month 1-10 i was a fatigued wreck, people asked me why i looked so sad, i had to force my smiles etc.  month 8-10 or so (as i recall) got slightly better but nothing big, just slight improvements. 

 

month 10.5 = more slight improvements in energy. nothing to be excited about though. 

 

month 11-14 is when the healing starting picking up its pace.  i was hopeless at one point.  i don't care if you've been on the drug for years, i still sincerely believe you will get better, just get off of the drug. taking this drug is not how a human being is supposed to live.

 

so i started supplementing with niacin and my blood flow was better, i know because when i was at the gym i could actually get a muscle pump again, it wasn't that great but it was there. when someone is lifting weights, their blood is supposed to flow and the muscle that you're using will get filled with blood and become more vascular,  i did not have this except for before i took risperidone. i've been lifting weights for 5 years, gym rat level; that being said, i could tell something was wrong when my blood flow became weak. 

 

don't worry about libido, it will return as long as you avoid those crap drugs.  i personally put any drug in the category of "crap" whether it is prescribed by a doctor or not. i heard that when you show low libido, zinc can be a link.... yes i did try to make that rhyme. 

 

get your blood tested, i have heard that medicines can deplete certain vitamins/minerals. again, please get your blood tested. recovery won't happen overnight no matter how many methods you use to help yourself.

 

supplements that helped me:

 

Natural vitality calm magnesium: it's a powdered form of magnesium and has worked better than any magnesium i've tried. 

 

Melatonin

 

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if you need help or advice, feel free to message me.

 

at this point it has been 14 months and i am recovered, everything is back to normal. check your blood, supplement with what you need, eat good food, exercise. thanks for reading everyone. 


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


#2 nicolantana

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 08:32 AM

Thanks man! Your story is a great source of hope. Can you remind us? did you have empty heart/empty head....no feelings, very little going on....and it all came back?


late July...lexapro 10 seroquel 25.....due to mild depression......

adverse reaction, suicidal thoughts, hospitalization

 

August....felt that meds were ripping stomach apart....docs didn't believe me..upped meds to seroquel 125, lexapro 20, mirtazapine 30, olanzapine 20

 

stayed on these drugs unitl mid november......severe anhedonia all the time...

 

mid novemeber, began taper.....very small windows of emotion

 

Christmas....off everything by Christmas day......last six weeks, cried and laughed on a number of occasions for first time since taking initial meds....

 

8 occasions of strong emotion over 6 weeks........doubting recovery......


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 08:50 AM

No problem @nicolantana .  yeah i had that feeling of "emptiness" or "blankness" that people describe, it truly felt like my brain wasn't healthy. my normal human emotions came back but at a slow pace or seemingly slow.


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:05 PM

Hello! Amazing that you made it through that! I'm happy that you're doing so much better!

I currently have chest pain, bad headaches, and all in all don't feel very healthy, especially in my chest. Did you have any of these issues too? Kinda feel like my heart has a hard time pumping blood but I don't know if it's just withdrawal symptoms causing me to focus more on it. In December I was tested and was fine but it's hard to believe withdrawal can cause this much pain and sick feeling!

I hope you recover 100% but you seem to be well on your way!!

- 2010 Fluoxetine 20mg (no issues, did well)
- Mid 2012 Switched to Celexa 20mg (no issues with switch)
- 6/16 Stopped Celexa (always took med once every other day, tapered to once every three days for about a week and a half, took one a week for one week, no problems)
- 10/20/16 Started Celexa 20mg (next day had panic attacks, stopped after three days, kept having panic attacks and anxiety rest of the month)
- 10/28/16 Started Paxil 20mg (took for almost a week, had suicidal thoughts/severe derealization, tapered off to one every other day for a few days)
- 12/8/16 Buspirone 5mg twice daily (felt drowsy but kept anxiety under wraps, still taking it)
- 12/27/16 Venlafaxine XR 37.5mg (took two days, migraine first day, headache all day second day, third day had severe depression/outbursts of crying, couldn't stop most of the day, bad invasive thoughts, never took third dose because of it)
- 1/7/17 taper Buspirone 20% (miscalculation but doing well), gradually slivered off tablet throughout month to almost half each pill

- 2/3/17 taper Buspirone 2.5mg twice daily (did fine, listened to body), gradually slivered off tablet throughout month

 

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#5 Bobo32

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:11 AM

Hi,
Congratulations for your recovery.
Have you experienced symptoms of psychosis during withdrawal? How did you deal with them?
Thank you

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2015- zoloft 3 months zyprexa 3 months lexapro 3 months xanax

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 08:26 AM

Thanks for the advice and encouragement! Congratulations on your recovery!


20 years of fluoxetine and bupropion. Most recent daily doses: 20 mg and 400 mg, respectively. Quit previously in the late '90s and in 2010 but reinstated after ~6 months. Ceased fluoxetine (Cold turkey...doctors advice). September 2016. Ceased bupropion October 2016 after a four week taper.
 
Extreme fatigue for latter half of October resolving into moderate fatigue and depression with occasional brain zaps and tingling skin. Easier late in the day. Symptoms deepened in February 2017 - more days without any relief.

#7 nicolantana

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 11:32 AM

Good stuff! tell me, what was your window pattern like? did you have to wait a while for windows...were they rare, spaced out, stronger each time?? cheers


late July...lexapro 10 seroquel 25.....due to mild depression......

adverse reaction, suicidal thoughts, hospitalization

 

August....felt that meds were ripping stomach apart....docs didn't believe me..upped meds to seroquel 125, lexapro 20, mirtazapine 30, olanzapine 20

 

stayed on these drugs unitl mid november......severe anhedonia all the time...

 

mid novemeber, began taper.....very small windows of emotion

 

Christmas....off everything by Christmas day......last six weeks, cried and laughed on a number of occasions for first time since taking initial meds....

 

8 occasions of strong emotion over 6 weeks........doubting recovery......


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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:22 PM

Hey risperdalhater,

 

Congrats on healing! I also basically CT'd from my medication of Prozac except I took mine for about a year at higher doses. The WD is hitting me very hard and reading your story of recovery gives me some hope. Like the above response, what was your window pattern like? I've barely had windows at all. I've just been in torture 24/7. Also I noticed one of your symptoms is that you could barely sleep. Is this still a problem for you? 


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August 2015: Started on 10mg/day
September 2015 to May 2016: Increased to 20mg/day
May 2016: Abruptly stopped 20mg for 2 weeks (withdrawal symtoms arose but assumed it was worsened depression)
June 2016 to August 2016: increased to 40mg (my body reacted very badly to this dose)
August 2016: decreased back to 20mg
September 2016: tapered off 10mg this month alone
September 30, 2016: last day of Prozac
October 2016: month long window
November 2016-Present: WD symptoms (too many physical sxs and some mental sxs)
February 5-20, 2017: Reinstated at 1-2mg // February 21, 2017: Back to no meds

 


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Posted 01 May 2017 - 02:26 PM

@anongrl5590 @nicolantana 24/7 torture sounds familiar. the window moments appeared for me randomly, i'm not sure exactly if there was a pattern.

 

@anongrl5590 sleep is not a problem anymore.


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:37 PM

Did you slowly taper or quit cold turkey? How long in total were you on them? Thanks.
Dec 2016 Risperidone 1 mg
Jan - Mar 2017 paliperidone (invega) 6 mg
Mar - Apr 2017 aripiprazole (abilify) 10 mg
Apr 2017 - present olanzapine (zyprexa) 5 mg tapered to 2.5mg

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 06:45 PM

I am currently on olanzapine (zyprexa)
Dec 2016 Risperidone 1 mg
Jan - Mar 2017 paliperidone (invega) 6 mg
Mar - Apr 2017 aripiprazole (abilify) 10 mg
Apr 2017 - present olanzapine (zyprexa) 5 mg tapered to 2.5mg

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 07:26 AM

Congratulations for your recovery, I hope I will heal like you did, considering our situations are very similar (same age, approx. same dose taken, for approx. the same time etc.)....

 

It's good to know that people can recover from Risperdal. Sometimes I feel desperate and hopeless.


Took Risperdal (4 mg for one week, 2 mg for some weeks and 3 mg for three days) from early August to early September 2016.


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Posted 07 May 2017 - 09:38 PM

No problem @nicolantana . yeah i had that feeling of "emptiness" or "blankness" that people describe, it truly felt like my brain wasn't healthy. my normal human emotions came back but at a slow pace or seemingly slow.


I feel like my brain isn't normal.
Did you have any bouts of psychosis? Or insomnia? How is your sleep now?
Dec 2016 Risperidone 1 mg
Jan - Mar 2017 paliperidone (invega) 6 mg
Mar - Apr 2017 aripiprazole (abilify) 10 mg
Apr 2017 - present olanzapine (zyprexa) 5 mg tapered to 2.5mg

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 07:25 PM

Congrats RH!! I hope things keep going good for you! I have started qi gong and Brazilian ju jitsu and kick boxing. I think that kicking and punching the pads as hard as I can releases huge amounts of anger at what happened to me and millions of others in this some times unjust world. Also Qi gong meditation really helps focus the mind and embrace the void emptiness by replacing it with complete serene nature and stillness like a tree.

 

I hope everyone is doing well.

 

Peace and Love!



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Posted 09 May 2017 - 04:09 PM

Did you slowly taper or quit cold turkey? How long in total were you on them? Thanks.

 

i quit cold turkey which some suggest is a bad idea. talk to the leaders of this site for tapering help, i don't know much about it.  i was on for about 3 weeks including a long acting injection so a little longer than 3 weeks i guess. 


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:19 AM

I've been on risperdal for 3 years. Started at 2mg and went down to 1mg about 2years ago. I've been tapering now for 3months. I have insomnia, very bad anxiety, severe depression, anhedonia, brain fog, cognitive issues, muscle stiffness, total lack of motivation. Those are the side effects I have and they are intensified with withdrawal. I'm very afraid that since I've been on it so long that healing will take years and I may never fully heal. Has anyone here tapered after being on for an extended period of time and recovered?

I started buspar 15mg 2X daily in 2015, propanalol 40mg 2X daily in 2016. I am currently tapering risperdol from 1mg 1X daily. I am tapering at 5% per week. The side effects of the risperdol are as follows; derealization, brain fog, emotional flatness, depression, akathisia and what feels like a lowered IQ. I will taper from buspar when I recover from my taper of risperdol. I take the propanalol for tremors I acquired from latuda and risperdol. 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:55 AM

Risp did you have memory problems while taking risperdal and did you take any supplements and which one?

 

I took a supplement A,C,D,E,niacin, B6. 10ml a day. its 2nd day and already am more relaxed and more energetic.


2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013 Started zyprexa 15mg, Risperdal consta 3,33mg/day for nearly 19months
2015 from March 2015 Taper off risperdal to 1,66mg/day (long acting injection) for 4 months
02/15-started seroxat 10mg/day

06/16 Seroxat 3mg/day, Zyprexa 5mg, Risperdal consta 2,5mg

09/16 Seroxat 2,7mg,Zypr. 5mg, Consta 2,5mg

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,Zyprexa 5mg,Risperdal Consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,Zyprexa 5mg,Risperdal consta 25mg/every 15days

Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 20th Jan 2017

taking omega 3 fish oil,B6,ashwagandha.and melatonin 1mg


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:55 AM

I've been on risperdal for 3 years. Started at 2mg and went down to 1mg about 2years ago. I've been tapering now for 3months. I have insomnia, very bad anxiety, severe depression, anhedonia, brain fog, cognitive issues, muscle stiffness, total lack of motivation. Those are the side effects I have and they are intensified with withdrawal. I'm very afraid that since I've been on it so long that healing will take years and I may never fully heal. Has anyone here tapered after being on for an extended period of time and recovered?

 

these are the side effects, same exact effects happened to me but for a shorter time. keep staying off of it, it takes time to recover but you will slowly recover, it took me over a year and i took it for about 3 weeks....then again the human body can work in wonderful ways so you may recover in the same time i did or slightly longer.  


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:55 AM

Risp did you have memory problems while taking risperdal and did you take any supplements and which one?

 

I took a supplement A,C,D,E,niacin, B6. 10ml a day. its 2nd day and already am more relaxed and more energetic.

 

to people who want to know: message me if you want to know about which supplements i took.


In March 2016 i suffered from a paranoia/schizophrenic episode which resulted in me taking risperidone/risperdal 3mg for about 3 weeks along with a couple 7mg long acting injections.  i had an intense withdrawal after stopping cold turkey and i have been off risperidone ever since then.

 

 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:54 AM

I've been on risperdal for 3 years. Started at 2mg and went down to 1mg about 2years ago. I've been tapering now for 3months. I have insomnia, very bad anxiety, severe depression, anhedonia, brain fog, cognitive issues, muscle stiffness, total lack of motivation. Those are the side effects I have and they are intensified with withdrawal. I'm very afraid that since I've been on it so long that healing will take years and I may never fully heal. Has anyone here tapered after being on for an extended period of time and recovered?

 

 

Kayann,

 

you use liquid risperidone to taper it off? and  what concetration? I take whey protein also.

thanks


2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013 Started zyprexa 15mg, Risperdal consta 3,33mg/day for nearly 19months
2015 from March 2015 Taper off risperdal to 1,66mg/day (long acting injection) for 4 months
02/15-started seroxat 10mg/day

06/16 Seroxat 3mg/day, Zyprexa 5mg, Risperdal consta 2,5mg

09/16 Seroxat 2,7mg,Zypr. 5mg, Consta 2,5mg

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,Zyprexa 5mg,Risperdal Consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,Zyprexa 5mg,Risperdal consta 25mg/every 15days

Jan 2017 Homeopathic Treatment starts 20th Jan 2017

taking omega 3 fish oil,B6,ashwagandha.and melatonin 1mg






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