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Hey, I am going to start tapering this drug soon (currently on 4mg going down to 3mg next week). Would love to read some success stories of people who have successfully withdrawn from this drug and had side effects like akathisia go away. I've already searched the forum but there's not that many for risperidone.

* Started on Risperidone ~2018-02-26

* Switched from 4mg to 3mg 2018-03-19

* Switched to 2mg 2018-03-23

* Switched to 1.5mg 2018-03-31

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Hi, I've been taking risperidone for roughly a few weeks now, I'm currently on 4mg and still adjusting to it. I'll be going to 3mg from tomorrow due to some akathisia I'm experiencing. I will post updates in this thread every couple of weeks for how my tapering is going.

* Started on Risperidone ~2018-02-26

* Switched from 4mg to 3mg 2018-03-19

* Switched to 2mg 2018-03-23

* Switched to 1.5mg 2018-03-31

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Hello, recentpsychosis, and welcome to SA.  I've moved your post to our Introductions forum where more people will see it.  This is where you should post updates and questions.

 

At Surviving Antidepressants, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.
 
Your proposed cut from 4mg to 3mg is a 25% cut and is not recommended.  A 10% cut from 4mg would be a decrease of .4mg, with the new dose being 3.6mg.  You should then hold for 4 weeks to let your brain get used to the new dosage.  If you go ahead with the 25% cut, you could end up with some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that can be quite long-lasting.  Please read the following links:  
 
 
 
 
Here is some excellent information on withdrawal:
 
 
 
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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. I hope you'll find the information in the SA forums helpful for your situation. I'm sorry that you are in the position that you need the information, but I am glad that you found us.

 
 

 

 

Edited by Gridley

Gridley Introduction

 

Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.   

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8mg and shift to Imipramine taper

Aug. 5, 2022: shift back to Valium taper.  

Current dose as of Sept. 22, 2022: 3.5mg

Taper is 81% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of Aug. 5: 9.5mg 

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5 and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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Hi Gridley, thanks for replying, I've only been on risperidone for a few weeks and the 4mg to 3mg drop has been approved by the psychiatrist as I was experiencing akithisia. I will post again in a couple of weeks with how it is going, I am hoping to taper by a milligram at a time, 10% is too slow as I want to be off of this drug by latest end of June.

 

I would love to hear from other people who have successfully withdrawn from this drug, especially after a drug induced psychosis, and have regained all or most of their emotions back as I am very worried about the emotional blunting I've experienced.

* Started on Risperidone ~2018-02-26

* Switched from 4mg to 3mg 2018-03-19

* Switched to 2mg 2018-03-23

* Switched to 1.5mg 2018-03-31

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I'm currently on 1.5mg, I've done a very fast taper and have suffered severe suicidal thoughts and insomnia. Be careful with this drug. I hope and pray I can get back to some semblance of how I was before.

* Started on Risperidone ~2018-02-26

* Switched from 4mg to 3mg 2018-03-19

* Switched to 2mg 2018-03-23

* Switched to 1.5mg 2018-03-31

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Hi psychosis

 

i was able to successfully get off of risperidone back in 1996.    i had been institutionalized and committed to take medication for 6 months.   i was given high doses of risperidone, paxil and prozac which caused a extremely deleterious effect to my mental functioning and central nervous system.  Within a month or so of starting the drugs, i was basically incapable of speech, had shiny eye sockets which indicated brain damage and spent most of my days pacing back and forth.  the akithisia and brain damage were so incredibly bad that i was wishing to die every second for about 5 months.  i mean, i couldn't speak more than a   short phrase every few weeks, i had no sexual function, only slept 2-3 shallow hours of sleep a night and was just walking in circles most of the day.   what happened for me, was that towards the end of my 6 months of taking the drugs, i managed to tell the staff of the group home i was staying in ( i had been transferred from the hospital to a locked home for elderly senile patients (i was only 24 at the time) and later moved to a group home), that i wanted ECT.   i only managed to speak a handful of short sentences in my 6 months on the drugs and one was "i want ECT".   putting together a sentence for me back then was about like trying to lift a gorilla with my head.  i just had the sensation of a horrible weight pushing my head down all the time on the drugs.

 

Anyways, i went in for 4 or 5 sessions of ECT over a 10 day period.  at the same time i went in for the ECT at the hospital,  i was taken off the meds- my 6 month commitment had expired.   i don't know if it was the ECT itself or maybe the sedation for the ECT or probably more likely that the drugs were stopped being forced on me, but within about 2 days into my stay at the hosptital (after one session of ect)  the akithisia and brain damage had largely cleared up.  By about the 3rd or 4th day (two ect sessions) my symptoms were entirely gone and i was a normal functioning sociable human being again.  i was able to play pool and hold conversations with people on the hospital ward where i had the ECT.  i was released back to the group home again and within a few weeks i moved out and found an apartment and later went back to work.   

 

you might try reading some of the other stories about risperidone wd on here.    RisperdalHater comes to mind.  he withdrew from the drug and recovered fully within a year or so.  

 

poetjester (Derek)

 

 

Court committed to take Prozac, Paxci, and Respiradol from 8/95 to 3/96.   developed severe akithisia and brain damage.  Was unable to speak and walking in circles 15 hours a day.  Went in for 5 sessions of ECT during a 10 day period in March of '96 and my forced medication was discontinued at that time.  My akithisia and brain damage cleared up within a few days of stopping the meds.

 

On Zoloft (200 mg) and Zyprexa (17.5 mg) March 1998- Feb 2014

In between was placed on Effexor 200 mg and Abilify for six months in 2004.  Developed mild akithisia which went away once I stopped the Abilify.  Developed severe GI issues in Dec 2001 and from that time on suffered from fatigue and hypersomnia where I would sleep between 12 and 20 hours a day and rarely ever left my apartment. 

 

Had tapered to 100 mg of Zoloft and 7.5 mg of Zyprexa at the time of going cold turkey Feb. 2014

Went 5 days without sleep at the beginning while vomiting all over my apt.  Had brain zaps for a number of weeks and also lightheadedness which both eventually went away.  However 2 1/2 yrs later I still struggle with insomnia, depression, and fatigue.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks poetjester, your story is an inspiration.

 

After some severe rebound psychosis I had to re-up to 3mg, I'm back down to 2mg now and am hoping to come off it ASAP. The lack of emotions has made me suicidal and I will surely kill myself if they do not come back.

* Started on Risperidone ~2018-02-26

* Switched from 4mg to 3mg 2018-03-19

* Switched to 2mg 2018-03-23

* Switched to 1.5mg 2018-03-31

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