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risperdal withdrawl causing more symptoms

Posted by jjj on May 17, 2005, at 10:03:23


I've have problems with hallucinations that I've been treating with risperdal. Things were pretty much under control and I was feeling a lot better, so I decided to try and lower my dose in the hopes that I could eventually get completely off the medicine.

After gradually reducing the dosable over a long period of time, I'm down to .25 mg from 2 mg now and my symptoms are really coming back. (hearing voices that keep me up at night). My pdoc mentioned that withdrawing from risperdal could actually increase the symptoms and that my brain would adjust to the lower dosage. He mentioned that patients taking risperdal for other problems (not psychotic related) would actually develop psychotic symptoms after stopping the medication.

I haven't noticed this problem before when lowering the dose, but it is coming down to the last little bit.

My experience has shown that increasing the dose makes the voices less severe and eventually they go away. Now that I'm lowering the dose I notice the opposite effect. Things are gradually getting worse.

I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this backlash of symptoms when lowering their risperdal dose. I'm hoping that it is temporary, but I fear that I won't be able to stop taking this medicine.





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