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Some Antidepressant Questions - Help Please

Hi! Okay, so I was recently prescribed three medications. I know the Citalopram is a substitute for Celexa and the Celexa is my antidepressant. Just like I was prescribed Trazodone and that is my sleeping pill. BUT this third one I take at night is Risperidone which is the substitute of Risperdal. Can someone PLEASE tell me what Risperdal/Risperidone is for? My doctors were sort of unclear about it and since I was more concerned with getting out of the mental hospital I was in, I forgot to ask them to repeat themselves.

Next question, once again, about the Risperidone. Is there any way possible to cut the hunger side-effects? Or any tips to battle the nausea that it causes? Before this whole medicine nonsense was happening, I was trying to lose weight (safely!) and this hunger pain and headaches are making this goal really difficult. And the nausea is making day to day tasks harder than the depression was making things.

And this is the last round of questions, promise! Its about the Citalopram/Celexa. There is a suit going against Celexa. Since I'm taking the substitute, do I have anything to worry about when it comes to the dangers of taking Celexa?

Help would be greatly appreciated!
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1666903 tn?1383335756
I don't know about the law-suit. The correct term for the relationship between Celexa and Citalopram is not that the Citalopram is a "substitute". It is the "generic" version. Technically, they are the same. One is just usually cheaper to get than the other.
"Celexa" is a name brand produced by a particular drug company.
Risperidone is the generic form of Risperdal. Risperdal is classified as an anti-psychotic.
It's also used as a mood stabilizer. One of it's main side-effects is weight gain--lots of it. It's a strong drug, mainly used to fight psychosis. Namely, delusional thinking and hallucinations. In bipolar disorder, it can help get and keep mood swings on an even keel. But, the fact remains--it's one heck of a strong drug with lots of side-effects. Trazodone is an older med that used to be used as an antidepressant until found not effective for that. It is good for sleep and is a mild drug that doesn't often cause too many problems. I have no experience with Celexa. (I'm bipolar and antidepressants send me into mania, so I can no longer take them.) I've tried almost every antidepressant known to man, but not that one. Sorry. If you use the internet, look up the law-suit and see what you can find out. Good luck, grannymusiclover.
1625195 tn?1332182262
Wow! Thank you!!! I don't really care much about the law-suit other than they are saying something about it causing birth-defects. I was just wondering if I should be worried or not if I were to ever start a family, I don't want my antidepressant harming my unborn kid.

ANYWAY! =) Thank you for the information! It was bothering me that I didn't know what that one was for. You were really helpful! Thank you! - wootace
1666691 tn?1303757948
Risperdal is an anti-psychotic but that doesnt have to mean youre psychotic it can also help with other things like paranoia or exessive worrying etc if you started recently the side effects could still get less on their own.lily
1625195 tn?1332182262
Thank you! C=
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