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Re: Risperdal - What does it really do??

Posted by linkadge on August 31, 2004, at 16:44:26

In reply to Risperdal - What does it really do??, posted by becksA on August 31, 2004, at 10:21:26

Risperdal mainly blocks the 5-ht2a and the d2 receptors. The 5-ht2a antagonism generally improves SSRI induced insomnia - if you are on an SSRI. It can also help general insomnia.

The atypical antipsychotics *can* act as mood stabalisers for some. They are not always the ideal mood stabalizers, but they tend to work well for people destabalized from SSRI's

The d2 blockade can help with mood swinging due to irrational thinking. It can make the world seem a little bit more basic and straighforward. Overactive dopamine is oftentimes seen in agression, dysphoric/euphoric mania, and psychosis.

You may or may not gain additional benefit from a higher dose. If it is working for you as more than a sleep aid, it might help with mood stabalization, if howver it is helping mainly through its sleep improving qualities, then the lowest effective dose for sleep would be best.

Using atypicals as mood stabalizers is not fully reseached, so it is not totally known their benefit and drawbacks. I have used zyprexa with celexa with mixed results.





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