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Re: risperdal for anxiety

Posted by Tony P on January 2, 2004, at 17:30:57

In reply to Re: risperdal for anxiety JLM, posted by leopard on January 2, 2004, at 9:16:29

A small dose of Risperdal seems to be helping me quite a lot (very recent).

I am in the process of some major changes in my meds, after a tentative rediagnosis as BP 2 or 3: mainly getting off Serzone and on to Lamictal. After the usual buildup I started experiencing extreme anxiety after 3 days at 100 mg Lamictal per day. My MD put me on 4 mg/day clonazepam as an emergency measure - helped a lot for a week, but afrter that I was simply not coping with ordinary life. After seeing my pdoc, I suggested Risperdal myself, as I was really feeling *crazy* - I couldn't think of any more technical way to put it!!

He wa perfectly willing to give it a try. He prefers Seroquel because of lower S/E profile, but he happened to have some samples of Risperdal .25, and said go ahead and try it - 1 to 4 a day.

I am currently taking .5 mg a day, and what a difference! My feelings seem to make sense, I am no longer swinging wildly or feeling euphoric from the clonazepam, I just feel generally more sensible and normal. And I experience less inclination to self-medicate with OTC etc. A little drowsy, but, i trust that will pass.

My pdoc's hope is that as I get up to higher doses of Lamictal, it will do everything I need - antidepressant, mood stabilization and help with social/GAD, so I won't need the Risperdal or Seroquel, clonazepam, or the other meds I have been taking for a while. I am a bit sceptical still, but it sure would be good to get away from mixing medical cocktails all the time!


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