Posted by R.Anne on December 10, 2000, at 19:35:20
In reply to Risperdal (risperidone) for depression? Anyone?, posted by SLS on December 2, 2000, at 22:35:15
> For anyone who is using Risperdal (risperidone) strictly as an antidepressant or as an augmentor to antidepressants:
> What dosage of Risperdal are you taking, and how has it helped you?
> What side effects have you experienced? Did they get better over time?
> Any input is greatly appreciated.
Hi. I used risperdal for some of the symptoms of depression and when I quit taking it I sunk very low on and off. Adding .25 helped with the symptoms of depression. I needed more, though, for the other symptoms I experience not related to depression.
I have gone off risperdal because I felt it was adversely effecting my hormones, etc. Now I started on Seroquel and was prescribed between 25 mg. and 50. I immediately took 50 mg. (recommended as optimal for the symptom of hypervigilence) and have been now for about 12 days. I feel too sluggish and, for me, this dose may be too high. I'm going to give it a little more time, though, before I decide to go down to 25 mg. Besides all that it seems to be similar to risperdal and helps some of the effects of depression that my antidepressants (paxil, effexor) don't. I've heard that many people are responding to lower doses. These doses are especially good for the elderly and those with kidney and liver conditions, too.