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305meli - September 18

Hi my names Melissa I am 30 yrs old I Just got diagnosed on Tuesday Doc gave me Gabapentin and Risperidone he said the Risperidone would help me sleep,it hasn't helped me sleep at all,But I have noticed its helped with my mood,any suggestions on what to tell my doc? Should I wait till my next appointment which is in a month or should I call on Monday and let him know whats going on? Please I am losing my mind I need to sleep I am a SAHM to 3 kids under 10 I need to get my rest.


kvc33 - September 19

I don't know why you would have been prescribed risperidone. It is normally used for people with mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Sometimes used for people with autism to reduce their agitation. I don't know anything about it helping with sleep and there are certainly lots of meds for that, as well as natural supplements to help with sleep. Please do your research and question your doctor and pharmacist about your use of risperidone.


Pikespeak - September 19

Call! Sleep is paramount in feeling better. I love Ambien (however, the generic lavender round pill gave me a rash/hives), but I recently have been trying Lunesta. They're about the same, but Lunesta leaves a metallic taste in the morning...sometimes I feel so good (from having a sound sleep) that I wonder if I really have FMS....

Read everything you can! Maybe the doctor you saw isn't the best one for you...I am a big advocate of Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's work at endfatigue dot com.


January - September 19

Risperidone is an antipsychotic drug, not a sleeping medication! A sleeping medication like Ambien is not anywhere near as dangerous as this drug is. You should check with your doctor immediately as to exactly why he prescribed this drug for you. Doctors do make mistakes in prescribing meds, and you really must not assume your doctors understand all these drugs and their side effects - the burden to do the research and protect yourself is on YOU. I copied the information below from the Phillips National Injury Group website:

Why Prescribed
Risperdal is prescribed to treat delusional psychosis (including schizophrenia), but like other atypical antipsychotics, is also used to treat some forms of bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.

FDA Approved Uses
Risperdal was approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and other forms of psychosis in children and adults. It is also used in combination with lithium or valproate for the treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder.

Side Effects
Common side effects associated with Risperdal include nausea, anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, low blood pressure, muscle stiffness, muscle pain, sedation, tremors, increased salivation and weight gain (it is not uncommon for patients taking Risperdal over long periods to gain upwards of 50 pounds or even more). Risperdal has also been known to cause sexual dysfunction such as retrograde ejaculation, and may cause a condition called orthostatic hypotension during the early phase of treatment. Patients who develop orthostatic hypotension have a drop in blood pressure when they rise from a lying position and may become dizzy.

Warnings and Alerts
Risperdal has been linked to type 2 diabetes, juvenile diabetes, hyperglycemia, other blood sugar disorders, diabetic coma, and pancreatitis- a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas. A 2003 study reported that there were 49% more cases of diabetes among patients taking Risperdal than among patients using older anti-psychotic drugs. After the study, the FDA required Risperdal to carry a new warning label that recommends its users be monitored for blood sugar abnormalities.

In addition, in April 2005, the FDA issued an alert stating that elderly patients treated with Risperdal for dementia had a higher chance for death by stroke and cardiac arrest than patients who did not take the drug. Other dangerous side effects of Risperdal include excessive weight gain, Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS) and Tardive Dyskinesia. NMS is a potentially fatal condition that can cause severe muscle rigidity and spikes in blood pressure and pulse.

Drug Contraindications
Risperdal is contraindicated in patients who have a history of high blood sugar and diabetes, and older patients who are being treated for mental illness from dementia. People with a history of seizures should consult their doctor before using Risperdal, as should patients with cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, dehydration, diabetes, hyperglycemia, pancreas problems, hypovolemia, Alzheimer's disease, hypothyroidism, pregnancy, and hepatic impairment."


Did your doctor check you to make sure you don't have any of the "contraindications?" Dehydration, hypovolemia and hypothyroidism can sometimes occur with fibromyalgia.

Please do as kvc mentioned and google "risperidone side effects" right now! If you read about this drug (which is usually prescribed for serious mental illnesses, not for fibro) you may want to think about the risks involved in taking it. Did your doctor warn you that you run the risk of developing tardive dyskinesia which can be a PERMANENT disabling condition?? He should have! Please google this drug and research it carefully. I have seen so many people just believe their doctors and take the pills they hand out and GET MUCH WORSE. Please protect yourself and do your own research. YOU make the decision if the risk is worth the reward. Always know WHY you are taking a drug. The doctors sometimes don't know much about side effects, it's up to you to check on them. About (dot) com and Drugs (dot) com are two websites with fairly good information - but your pharmacist is a good person to ask about drugs and their interactions and side effects!

I would suggest you call your doctor right away and tell him the risperidone is NOT helping you sleep. Ask your doctor exactly WHY this drug was prescribed for you. It is not a sleeping medication. Melatonin is a natural supplement you can get at a health food store that helps with sleep. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about that and see if it's a good option for you to try.


Pikespeak - September 19

Melatonin didn't work for me. You will find that what works for some, doesn't work for others...It's a learning process in figuring out what will work for you.



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