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I was on risperdal (Risperidone) for about 7 - 8 months... At first, it made me tired! WAY too tired to function at a job... Atleast for awhile. I was put up to a dose of 2.5mg at the end of about 3 months testing dosages... Thats the highest it got... THANK GOD!

This medication, Risperdal (Risperidone) messed me up royally... Now first, before anyone takes my words into complete consideration; and applies it to their personal medicinial tastes, I want to say that everyone has different responses to all medications. I am a short, light weight... I am very sensitive to low doses of any meds... So please do not compare my reactions to yours or anyone else's. :)



Anyways, I couldn't think straight, I slept upwards of 12 hours a day... I found it hard to listen in on conversations, and keeping up with stories... I had worsened anxiety while driving vehicles... I HATE driving while on meds, doesn't work too well for me... And Risperdal was by FAR the worst... I would get constant nightmares, wake up from cold sweats in bed... I couldn't concentrate on books, and gained 25 - 30 pounds in 6 months... I still have stretch marks on my skin...

So far, in a year and 3 months, I've been on Risperdal, Effexor XR, Zoloft, and now I'm on Seroquel (Quetiapine)... I can't believe how much better Seroquel (Quetiapine) is for me... Just recently released was Seroquel XR. (Quetiapine fumarate) It is exactly the same as Seroquel, however its Extended Release, and it works better at minimizing side effects. Especially becoming sleepy... I have NO sleepyness after taking seroquel XR. I have NONE of the side effects that I had with Risperdal (That I mentioned above)...

Seroquel is a magic med for me, risperdal wasn't...





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