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    Risperdal

    so um, I was diagnosed with PTSD a while ago.

    I just went to see this new doc who prescribed risperdal and celexa. I can sort of understand celexa, but risperdal? My understanding was that this was for bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and dementia, and I have none of the above.

    I'm confused, and his answer wasn't sufficiently informative or any kind of explanation I could understand really. Can anyone tell me if this makes sense to you? If not I'll be heading out for a second opinion before filling the prescription.

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    Re: Risperdal

    Don't worry about it - your doctor knows what s/he is doing.

    Many drugs used to treat various conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, insomnia, etc., were originally developed as treatments for something else.

    Common mild tranquilzers like clonazepam were oprginally intended as treatment for epilepsy.

    SSRIs were intended as antidepressants but are now used to treat anxiety, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, even ADHD.

    Lamotrigine (Lamictal) was originally developed to treat epilepsy but works well as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder.

    The so-called "atypical antipsychotics" such as Risperdal are now often used in low doses to boost the effectiveness of SSRIs in treating anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, etc., as well as to help with insomnia in the treatment of such disorders.

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    Re: Risperdal

    Some insights into Risperdal can b found HERE

    The Canadian product monograph is available as a pdf file from Ortho Janssen HERE

    As Dr. Baxter alludes to it is not uncommon for physicians to prescribe "off label" for a treatment strategy with which they have had clinical success.

    You may wish to have another conversation with your doctor to clarify your understanding of this particular treatment, to help understand what you should expect in alleviating the symptoms you are experiencing.

    By maintaining an ongoing stream of communication with your physician, you can report your progress of improvement or get advice on how to handle any possible side effects you may experience.

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    Re: Risperdal

    Becareful I had a trail of taking risperdal holey moly they made me feel like I had a hang over in the morning. But i was just using it for sleep. good luck
    The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.? Allen Klein

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    Re: Risperdal

    1. that doesn't mean that pip or other people will react that way, TLC - I'm sure her doctor is doing what s/he thinks is best for pip

    2. in part, it may be a function of what other medications you're taking and most importantly the dose - I believe in your case, your doctor was also concerned about anxiety/agitation and mood swings, no?

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    I was going to type that all in about how it might not even do the same. Everyone reacts to different kinds of meds
    The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.? Allen Klein

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    I understand, TLC. I just wanted to make sure pip understood. I've had lots of clients on combinations of meds like what she has been prescribed who have done very well and had no unpleasant side-effects at all. It's just really hard to predict who will and who won't.

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    Re: Risperdal

    Hello,

    I was prescribed Risperdal when I was 16 years old for anxiety. The SSRIs were not working and I was experiencing quite a lot of side effects from them. Anyway I have to say that it was a horrible experience for me and I am still bitter about having been prescribed it. I do not know what on earth happened but I think that it was way to strong. I only took it for a very very short time because of what happened but I remember being at school and writing something during class. All of a sudden I drooled on my paper (I typically never drool). So then a couple of days later I was shopping at the mall with my boyfriend, and my jaw started going into spasms. It was totally uncontrollable and once it started it kept getting worse. The doctor had mentioned something about that to my mom, so when I got home (about 45 minutes later) I took Benadryl to relieve the spasms. I fell asleep and when I woke up it was gone but it was so scary. I remember that I was crying from being so scared. After that I never took the medication again and I would not go near it with a 10 foot poll.

    I realize that this is probably an unlikely side effect but it is a true story!

    Good luck with it. I think it is very understandable for you to want to do additional research on it and make your own decision. We are all our own best advocate, especially when it comes to health care. I also agree with TSOW's suggestion about talking to your doctor for further explanation if you want to at all.

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    Re: Risperdal

    oh come on everyone drools
    The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half-step if you are to start on the road to recovery.? Allen Klein

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    Hey!! Not while they're awake!! I mean I drool at night sometimes but not while I'm sitting up!!

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