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Re: Risperdal - twitching down under

Posted by JLM on January 2, 2004, at 8:52:14

In reply to Risperdal - twitching down under, posted by Utopia on January 1, 2004, at 16:55:31

> Hi
> For years I took Risperdal to help my sleeping. Not for schizophrenia but to assist my sleep and anxiety including panic attacks.
> I took a minute dose. It worked like a charm. As far as I could tell there were no side effects and I slept like a baby.
> Then it started, a very slight twitching in my left leg that eventually would be noticeable if I was lying down on the couch with the leg semi-bent.
> It had not got to the point that I couldn't walk but oh man was it irritating! Went to see the pdoc, took me of it and replaced it with something else. The twitch took three months to completely dissapear, I'm lucky I suppose because once there I believe it can stay, even if off the medicines-incredible!
> So if you're twitching down under and you're on Risperdal, see your doctor.

I'm glad you got it straightened out. I remember when Risperidal was first marketed and the drug company propaganda was that it didn't cause EPS/TD. We were giving it to the mentally retarded residents of the state facility I worked it, specifically on the claims of no TD.

Well, that didn't exactly work out too good now did it? I saw several people who were completely stable, with no TD, either develop EPS/TD or just completely freak out in general. Since most were non verbal I would suspect akathisia in the 'freak out cases'.




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