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Risperdal

I was put on Risperdal 1/2 mg in sept 13 08,recently (last week stopped it ) had to me slighty taper,Im wondering if yoou really neeed to taper,Im not bipolar I have depression and anxiety and was put on Risperdal for racing thoughts,Does any one or has anyone ever just stopped Risperdal without tapering,,my pharmisist said its not nesa sarry byt i dont realy know for sure,i think sometimes he just tells me what he thinks i want to hear,,,,THanks
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Tapering a dose is almost always neccesary. Its just you were on the minimum dose of Risperdal at a highly sublinical level so they may have thought it safe to stop it as its hard to divide that small a pill into two. However, in discontinuing it the symptoms may have returned. Let us know how you are doing now.
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I was on risperidal 1mg and I weaned of by taking 1mg every other day so as if I weaned off from 1/2 daily for one week then stopped.
like Iladvocate said your dose is so small you wouldn't feel the difference. however on the long run you should have some symptoms because why you took it for start
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I would advise that you err on the side of caution here.  Although you are only on a very small dose your body has got used to having that for the last 3 months.  Its not going to take long to taper off and surely its better to do that than maybe having some horrid withdrawal effect.

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I tapered risperidal by 0.5mg every 5 days and i am ok.I started tapering it from 2mg
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i didn't know i tapered off risperidone i thought i stopped cold turkey and yet even with thisamount of tapering i had later psychosis and ended manic. i read you need 3 weeks at least to wean off this drug, so i assume 0.5mg every week is ok, but since you are already on 0.5 then i assume you start by 0.5 every other day for a week the next week every 2 days and so on until you reach a distance of one week after 4 weeks say if you want very slow tapering off and then you stop completely
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