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Tips for tapering off Risperdal (risperidone)

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Risperdrawlin

Thanks for the site recommendation. It was really useful. 

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Risperdrawlin

Hi, can anyone who has come off Risperdal safely and relatively easily tell me at what dose they jumped off? I'm currently on 0.125 mg and have been for about 50 days (just over 7 weeks). Tonight I am probably going to cut to 0.0625 mg (50% cut). I am thinking I will jump off after spending a month or two at 0.03 mg or 0.01 mg depending on how I feel. What have other folks done?

 

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banana

Hi here's my tapering off experience:


I was on 4 mg of risperdal  after being diagnosed with psychosis, and started tapering off three months later. 


 I didnt like the drug because I felt lifeless and it was too sad for me. My psychiatrist said I would have to stay on the drug for another year to two years minimum to avoid relapse. I visited a hormone doctor who prescribed many vitamins, a gluten free diet and injections of vitamin B12 (check if you have a deficiency in this vitamin and if you are celiac, both can lead to mental unbalances even psychosis).


I visited my general practitioner and we decided to start tapering off. We decided to go onto pills to facilitate the tapering. He only gave me half the injection, and two weeks later I was meant to start with 2 mg of risperdal pills. As the consta injection stays in your system for seven weeks or so, I had a strong reaction to taking the pills. It was like an overdose, I woke up completely stiff, but alive. So, we decided against taking pills with risperdal still in my system and let the medication taper off over a seven week time period. I then took the minimum dosage of risperdal, o.5mg for two weeks, then 0.25 mg for two weeks and then completely stopped. The side effects of my dramatic withdrawal were depression, but my healthy dose of vitamins, especially Niacin and vitamin B12, exercise and a therapist twice a week kept me going. I strongly believe in this 'prescription to nutritional healing' guide, as my hormone doctor prescribed almost exactly to what this guide prescribes for schizophrenia. I was enrolled in an art class at the time, which really helped the depression withdrawal. I really hope this helps

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Miko789

Hi there, I switched from risperdal injections to oral solution and I am having a lot of side effects. What I want to know is, in case the symptoms get too severe (and I really hope they will get better!) what should one do, if there is no 'higher dose' to go back to? If I switched from injection to same dose oral? I really want to feel empowered that I know what to do in case smt bad happens. Again I hope it doesnt, but i want to have a soft pillow below just in case. Muchas Gracias! :rolleyes:

Vasedude which consta injection you did the 37,5mg or the 25mg and what dosage oral you switched at?

What kind of sideffects did you have?

thanks

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