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Risperdal Alternatives

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Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Lyle Murphy

Risperdal is one of the most challenging antipsychotic drugs on the market. It is critically important to seek structured, effective Risperdal alternatives help.

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Finding a Way Out with Natural Alternatives to Risperdal

If bothersome side effects arise while taking Risperdal or if this medication is not effective at treating your condition, there are natural Risperdal alternatives. Even if this drug does manage symptoms to a degree and side effects are not that severe, one may find Risperdal (risperidone) alternatives can help a person regain the full level of health and quality of life that is desired.

Natural Alternatives to Risperdal Include:

  • Changing to a keto-based diet.*
  • Correct for nutritional deficiencies.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Test for neurotoxic accumulations and clean these out.
  • Exercise regularly at a comfortable pace.
  • CBT or other genres of talk therapy.

*Pacheko et al found that switching to a keto-based diet for as little as two weeks has been shown extremely effective in reducing or eliminating symptoms associated with schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.6

How Effective are Natural Alternatives vs Medication-based Treatment?

There is no cookie-cutter answer to mental health concerns. It takes being interested enough to look for contributing factors, to spot overlooked medical or genetic factors, and to assess what lifestyle factors can be better managed, including diet, sleep, exercise, and others. Quality research is more prevalent than ever before, and we find that natural alternatives can be highly effective for natural mental health, and sometimes more so in comparison to the limits of managing (suppressing) symptoms with heavy drugs.

Risperdal, an atypical antipsychotic, also known as a second-generation antipsychotic, is licensed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability related to autism in children. Individuals are often put on an antipsychotic after a psychotic break, or after other medications have been tried and have been ineffective. This antipsychotic and others of its kind may seem effective and tolerable on the onset however, these drugs are usually not well tolerated for prolonged use. In fact, lawsuits have arisen from injuries such as movement disorders, attributed to drugs like Risperdal.1, 2

Notes on Antipsychotic Side Effects

Individuals may find that aside from unpleasant side effects or inadequate effectiveness, antipsychotics may also cause a person to feel disconnected from life, and find it difficult to set goals and function in life as they would like to. Some Risperdal users may deem these side effects and setbacks as better than dealing with symptoms related to their disorder such as a lack of sleep if they suffer from insomnia. For others, this drug may not help symptoms at all and may even worsen them, especially regarding severe reactions in the elderly.3

In some clinical trials, potential candidates are excluded from the trial if they have an initial bad reaction to the drug, which means that the results of such a trial may only be partially accurate.5 In any case, there are many antipsychotic alternatives ranging from other medications to psychotherapy and natural holistic therapies, that are much safer in many cases.

Alternative Therapies

The traditional and most commonly suggested antipsychotic alternatives are other medications and therapy. Risperdal is often already being used as an alternative to other previously ineffective antipsychotics or antidepressants. When individuals are having problems with this medication, it may be time to consider alternatives that do not include the burdens of prescription medications. Fortunately, there are many ways to control mental health symptoms and disorders without the use of psychiatric medications. Using another medication as an alternative to this drug is likely to cause many of the same problems that were experienced with Risperdal. Medications that are prescribed by traditional medical professionals as alternatives to Risperdal include other atypical antipsychotics such as clozapine or Clozaril, and typical (first-generation) antipsychotics such as haloperidol or Haldol.

Drug-free therapy is one possible Risperdal alternative treatment that could be effective in treating symptoms that these drugs attempt to manage. Therapy alone may not adequately control symptoms; however, therapy can be a vital part of a well-structured alternative treatment plan.4 Psychosocial treatments and/or psychotherapy (talk therapy) have been found to be very helpful in offering support, guidance, and education to individuals with mental disorders, as well as their families. Alternative to Meds Center uses lab tests to identify underlying causes for the original symptoms; where toxicity is an often found culprit.

getting off risperdalOur program includes medical professionals to aid individuals in reducing dependence upon Risperdal. This is done by utilizing carefully planned tapering techniques, using natural substances to stabilize the neurochemistry, and removing neurotoxins which may have contributed to original symptoms that lead to being medicated with an antipsychotic. We also use amino therapy, personal exercise training, peer support, massage, yoga, targeted nutritional therapy, and Risperdal natural alternatives to address the expected withdrawal symptoms and side effects. Sugar, processed food, cigarettes, and caffeine are restricted and supplements that are beneficial to these individuals are used. Once the individual is stable and sedated, Risperdal can be slowly reduced and the dosage can be adjusted if needed.

Learn more information about the underlying reasons why antipsychotic medications could have been prescribed, and how we know how effective methods of natural Risperdal alternatives help our clients to regain a more satisfying quality of life.


1. “Risperdal – Controversy, Black Box Warning and Legal Claims.” published by DrugDangers [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Dec 8]

2. Matthews Maju, Gratz S, Adetunji B, George V, Matthews Manu, Biju B “Antipsychotic-Induced Movement Disorders – Evaluation and Treatment.” Psychiatry MMC Journal [Internet] 2005 Mar [cited 2020 Dec 8]

3. Lee P E, Sykora K, Gill S, Mamdani M, Marras C, Anderson G, Shulman K, Stukel T, Normande S, Rochon P, “Antipsychotic medications and drug-induced movement disorders other than parkinsonism: a population-based cohort study in older adults.” National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information [Internet] 2005 August [cited 2020 Dec 8]

4. “Resperidone (Oral Route) Before Using“, Mayo Clinic Information [Internet] 2020 Jul 1 [cited 2020 Dec 8]

5. “Clinical Trials: Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Risperidone in Patients with Acute Schizophrenia.” US National Library of Medicine, clinicaltrials.gov [Internet] 2017 Jun 2 – 2018 Dec 17 [cited 2020 Dec 8]

6. PACHECO A, EASTERLING WS, PRYER MW. “A PILOT STUDY OF THE KETOGENIC DIET IN SCHIZOPHRENIA.” Am J Psychiatry. 1965 May;121:1110-1. doi: 10.1176/ajp.121.11.1110. PMID: 14283310. [cited 2020 Dec 8]



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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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