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Hello, everyone!

I found this useful forum during an internet search, and I am very happy because of it. I will go straight to the question.

I have been taking fluanxol (floupentixol) and Esobel (ascitalopram) for about three months now. 
Recently my pdoctor, prescribed me Medorisper (risperidone) in the place of fluanxol . I tried it (risperidone) for two days on a dosage of 2mg and I felt awful: unfocused, lack of motivation or interest in anything, zoning out, fatigue, very long sleeping sessions, just wanting to lay in bed all the time. Now I called her and told her, that I am feeling god awful I and want to get back on fluanxol, she replied that I have to continue taking risperidone on lower dosage but I don't want to feel dead again.
Since I read that it permanently blocks some kind of receptor forever, should I expect any permanent effects on me after just 2 days of usage?

All answers are greatly appreciated!

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Hi and welcome to SA.  Is this your first time you have been prescribed psychiatric drugs?  

It is very doubtful that you would be permanently damaged from 2 doses of risperidone, but you could be suffering withdrawal from fluanxol. 

What are the doses of risperidone and fluanxol?  


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I am sorry to see that your doctor is refusing to give you the fluanxol back. Do you want to taper off the drugs or are you happy to stay on them?  If you want to taper off you could mention that to your doctor and ask him to prescribe then for you to taper. 


We don't have a topic for fuanxol but do have one for risperidone and the tapering guide will be the same. To start tapering 10% of the current dose every 4 weeks.  If you have a limited supply you could try tapering 10% every 2 weeks and see how you get along.  If there are any withdrawal symptoms you would need to hold until they have settled. 



If you are thinking about tapering escitalopram, (lexapro), you will find the tapering guidelines here.... 

We advise tapering one drug at a time, that way you know which drug is causing withdrawal if you have symptoms. 



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