Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal Side Effects

Risperdal side effects can become more problematic than the conditions that existed prior to such a prescription.


Doctors prescribe the antipsychotic drug Risperdal for patients with schizophrenia, mania, psychosis, BiPolar 1, and where autistic children exhibit aggressive behaviors. As with many other prescription medications, adverse symptoms may range from mild to debilitatingly severe or even fatal. Combining this medication with other drugs, alcohol, cola or tea can increase risks many times over and should be avoided where at all possible for health and safety reasons.

WARNING: The FDA warns that Risperdal doubles the risk for death in elderly patients, based on trials and studies done on dementia patients. 

For anyone taking Risperdal, these common side effects should be reported to your doctor should they emerge: 

  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS is a potentially fatal condition that presents as muscular rigidity, tachycardia, and other symptoms)
  • Tardive Dyskinesia (potentially irreversible muscle movements, no known treatment exists for this antipsychotic-drug-caused effect)
  • Coma or death in patients with diabetes or other glucose abnormalities 
  • Muscle spasms, especially of the neck, face or back 
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia or interrupted sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of balance
  • Pacing, restlessness, feeling one needs to keep moving 
  • Blurred vision or other vision problems
  • Walking with a shuffle
  • Rashes or itching skin
  • Cannot urinate or excessive urination
  • Difficulties with speaking or speaking clearly
  • Inability to swallow 
  • Fixed eye muscles, fixed facial muscles (face becomes mask-like)
  • Aggression, outbursts
  • General agitation
  • Loss of concentration, cannot focus
  • Muscle tics or twitches. twisting body motions 
  • Tremors, trembling, shaking fingers or hands
  • General feeling of weakness in the limbs

Antipsychotic medication treatments such as Risperdal often last much longer than their 4-6 week long drug trials. More long-term studies are needed to assess what other Risperdal side effects and risks might emerge over longer courses of treatment. 

Holistic Treatment Options 

At the Alternative to Meds Center, patients are helped to recover their mental and emotional health in ways that do not focus on labelling, medicating or numbing the patient. 

Many investigative and restorative actions can be done to help isolate and correct the actual causes of mental and emotional distress.  

It may be prudent to taper off medications which are seen to cause more harm than good. However, it is imperative to assess each individual very carefully to ascertain the best, safest way to proceed with holistic treatment. Our program offers many routes to improved mental, emotional and physical overall health and the best combination of these, including timing and sequence of treatment protocols will be individually tailored to meet our client's unique needs. 

In the vast majority of cases, our lab tests show accumulated toxins (including neurotoxic chemicals and other pollutants). We find that removing them brings about more optimal levels of health. Labs are also drawn to determine specific deficiencies and imbalances that can then be corrected. The program uses pharmaceutical grade supplements along with organic, nutrient dense foods, IV treatments, chelation, and low-temperature sauna all of which complement and support normalization and optimization of health. Tapering from medications can follow much more efficiently, once the person has stabilized, with improved sleeping, the return of calmness, physical energy, and many other benefits of holistic treatment. 

Find Out More About Holistic Mental Health Treatments Available

We urge you to contact us at the Alternative to Meds Center to find out more about our Risperdal withdrawal programs and science-based treatments. There is much information we can offer about how our program works, and we can answer any questions you may have. Find out how quickly we may be able to help you or your loved one to improve health and also recover from debilitating Risperdal side effects.  


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