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Been trying to cope without medication and I went hypomanic a couple of weeks ago, last night went into full blown mania and almost had to be hospitalised :( I've been given risperdal to help with it, at 1mg and might have to go up to 2mgs.

I'm not that worried about it, but I know it can cause weight gain. I was just wondering roughly how much it would cause?

And anyone whos on it, how did you find it?

Thanks :flowers:
 
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Been trying to cope without medication and I went hypomanic a couple of weeks ago, last night went into full blown mania and almost had to be hospitalised :( I've been given risperdal to help with it, at 1mg and might have to go up to 2mgs.

I'm not that worried about it, but I know it can cause weight gain. I was just wondering roughly how much it would cause?

And anyone whos on it, how did you find it?

Thanks :flowers:
I'm on risperidone and have gain about a stone in weight over a year. It certainly helped me, although more reciently I've had quite a few side effects. I'm on 4mg though so you should be ok on "only" 2mg

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Ok that doesnt sound too bad then. I'm nervous, last time I was on APs it was seroquel and I hated it, hope it isnt like that one was :(
 
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Ok that doesnt sound too bad then. I'm nervous, last time I was on APs it was seroquel and I hated it, hope it isnt like that one was :(
All anti-psychotics and different. Risperidone made me feel 100% better within 24 hours. I hope it works for you too.

*hugs*

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Thats good :) I do feel better, just really sleepy even though I've taken it about 13 hours ago :unsure: Hasn't made me feel numb like the seroquel though so its fine atm (y)
 
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ive been on and off it for years. at one point i was 50my depot injection till they overdosed me on it and it was horrible. now i take 1mg on top of closapine and im blowing up like a balloon. tho thats the closapine.


1mg is nothing dont worry it will be fine and th esleepiness will ease
 
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I have put on a stone since taking Risperidone and I hardly take it. No doubt it changes your metabolism and thyroid.

However it's great for manic episodes. Within twenty minutes I am yawning, within two hours I am mumbling "Sleep" and sleeping like a baby.

Which sometimes I really desperately need. Don't worry about putting on weight, you'll still be you :)
 
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All anti-psychotics and different. Risperidone made me feel 100% better within 24 hours. I hope it works for you too.

*hugs*

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It is a great little pill. And for me also it works as soon as I take it, having the desired effect (switching me off, basically).

Sertraline (Zoloft) does the same thing with depression, but I get headaches and an upset tummy. But yeah, both of those work very quickly for me so are what fills my medicine cabinet :)
 
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I don't like it :( It made me feel better at first, but then I felt sad and confused and disorientated and fatigued. No meds seem to work for me lol :( I'm not taking it, I can't deal with it. Also I have bad anxiety so the fear that I'll get a bad side effect is crippling for me :/
 
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Well it's not a medication you're supposed to stay on. It works and it works fast. As I said I use it when I'm about to cause harm to myself. Last time I leapt six feet accross a room backward into my computer chair. It broke, I fell out and landed on my head :D

I took a Risperidone and within two hours I was snoring like a big fat pig :D

But there's no way I would stay on it. Plus, if you do it stops working like any other medication. Your body simply builds a resistance to it. That's why I drink about 3 liters of filter coffee a day when I'm depressed just to stay awake, and that still doesn't work.
 
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yeah it is quick, I took one tablet while having an agressive manic episode and within half an hour I was really docile haha. Wouldn't take it unless I absolutely have to though.
 
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yeah it is quick, I took one tablet while having an agressive manic episode and within half an hour I was really docile haha. Wouldn't take it unless I absolutely have to though.
Good ! that's how it should be. Fuck what they tell you, I worked for a naturals company (vitamins and so on) for four years and I know for a fact that continued taking of any medication will lead to not only dependancy but also makes it usless and ineffective.

However, it is quite an art to know what to take and when. There are times for me where I will take a red one one day and a blue one the next. It's like being in the matrix. But the best judge is you. Always, ALWAYS remember that.

My ADHD specialist says that I should stay on Zoloft and take it with Risperidone and that if I don't neither will work. I tell him that within a few hours of taking Zoloft (like today, for example) I cheer right up. Or, if I am manic I take RD and I calm the fuck down.

He says nonsense. My GP however?

Only you know what works for you and what's right for you. And to hell with any one who tells you to take something that makes you feel bad.

Funny part is I have been taking Zoloft now (and have had it to hand) for 6 years. Six years. If it didn't work for me I wouldnt take it.

Funny part is if you study Zoloft (sertraline) you can quickly discover that it releases a 'feel good' chemical in your brain which you lack if you suffer from depression. So how can he say that it doesn't work straight away and you don't need to take it all day every day?

Honestly, I think I know more about my illness and medication than he does
 
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Omg I hate the "give it time it'll get better" reason. No. If it makes me feel absolutely crap, I will not give it time. I will not spend 6 weeks feeling awful and wasting that time just to see if it works when I know it doesn't!

My doctor wont perscribe anything other than APs, and idk why! I'd be happy to try a mood stabaliser and an anti depressant, or just one, which I'd been offered before, but for some reason, she won't.

I agree with the patient knows more about the illnesses than the doctor. I mean, you don't tell them everything and sometimes it's hard to put into words how you feel. So how would they know EVERYTHING? There should be a different approach where the doctors listen a bit more to the patients than they do atm.

I have this amazing therapist (I see about 4 lol), who does really good work with me, but unfortunately he's unwell atm so I can't see him for a few weeks :(
 
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If you're not happy with your GP get another one. I did.

When I got home to the UK I hadn't had any meds for about six months and it was starting to show. I had a serious breakdown just as I was leaving the USA and by the time I got home (on a ship, I won't fly) I was fucked.

I went to the docs, told him I was bipolar, told him what meds I had taken for years and he started messing me around. In the end I had another breakdown and my uncle took me to the docs and demanded I get the meds I asked for. I did, and I also got a new GP.

And I was OK until the dumb assholes (ADHD strike again) took me off of the sertraline. And again before Christmas I ended up sobbing my eyes out at the docs. He told me that if I needed anything.. Anything just say the word. He was the one who told me that only I can judge what medication I should take as I am the only one who knows what works.

I don't need pills tbh. (well, not new ones.. I like what I have now) I need a life and I need friends. Leaving the USA has done me permanent damage but I had no health insurance and a broken back. I had to throw ten years down the pan and return to the UK. And the friends I had here before I left were assholes and I want nothing to do with them.

This is why I'm so fucked off. I have the meds I need. Now I just need support. Someone to talk to, a support group with like minded ill people like myself so I can feel like I have a life.

Instead they want to send me 65 miles on a bloody train to see an ADHD specialist :rolleyes:

As an example today I found this amazing support group and activity group for Bipolar sufferers. It's about three miles away, which where I live is a miracle (its very very remote). Yet I cant just join.I need to be referred by my support person and I don't have one :(
 
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Maybe you should start a support group in your area if there isn't one? You could put up a sign in your therapists waiting room or something, and see if anyone comes along, if you get a decent number of people showing their interest, you could write to your local council asking for funding, or if you can use the hall or something. Then maybe you can advertise it in your local paper.

Haha idk just a thought :D
 
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