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Last Updated on August 4, 2021 by Diane Ridaeus

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Alternative to Meds Center provides inspiring information for anyone searching for Risperidone alternatives instead of a lifetime of taking heavy medication.

Antipsychotics like Risperidone may have been correctly prescribed for a crisis situation but that doesn’t need to mean a lifetime of medication is necessary or warranted. There can be … there ARE better options.

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Getting Off Antipsychotics Like Risperidone Does Not Need To Be Harsh…

Treatment no longer needs to subject Risperidone users to the harsh symptoms of Risperidone withdrawal. We have developed many clinically proven methods that make side effects and symptoms fade away. Alternative to Meds Center provides fresh, new ways to start feeling good again, and be more fully engaged in life without suffering from Risperidone side effects and Risperidone withdrawals. There are Risperidone alternatives that can help.

Risperidone Mechanism of Action

risperidone dopamine blockerDrug manufacturers market Risperidone under various brand names like Risperdal, Consta, Quicklets, etc., but they all share the same powerful properties. All drugs, including antipsychotics, operate much like a set of locks and keys to open, close, imitate, or influence certain nerve pathways. This affects how natural chemicals such as dopamine or serotonin, etc., are either distributed or blocked along these central nervous system (CNS) channels. When a drug such as Risperidone blocks dopamine the result is a blunting of sensations such as reward or pleasure. Researchers think that Risperidone influences not only dopamine but also serotonin and adrenaline receptors. In the case of psychosis, this can sedate a person in a state of over-excitement or mania or quieten some hallucinatory characteristics that are associated with schizophrenia.1

Alternatives to Risperidone:  Long-Term Use Outcomes

holistic risperidone alternativesOver time, atypical antipsychotics develop several notable changing characteristics. One is that the drug stops working. Also, Risperidone may produce side effects that are very difficult to endure, and in some cases, may even become irreversible. (see Tardive Dyskinesia, below) Taking this type of medication may cause a person to feel driven to seek other ways to find stimulation.

A person’s choices when in a desperate mode may not be health-positive, such as craving cigarettes or other stimulants or types of behaviors that may put the person at risk. Alternatives to Risperidone can help create a better pathway in treatment, without these negative outcomes.

Alternatives to Risperidone Include:

  • Diet is a powerful tool for mental health. 6
  • CBT*
  • DBT, other talk-therapies
  • Art, music, other creative therapies
  • Peer support
  • Ecotherapy
  • Meditation or other relaxation therapies

*CBT has been studied and found beneficial in patients with symptoms of schizophrenia.

Tardive Dyskinesia Risks

Drugs such as Risperidone cause movement disorders like tardive dyskinesia, etc., that can develop especially over long-term use. Long-term antipsychotic use may lead a person to want to seek Risperidone alternatives to handle the overall situation, but don’t primarily rely on a lifetime of heavy medication.2,5

Treating the Root Cause Instead of Masking Unwanted Symptoms

Alternative to Meds Center has designed its programs on some simple but often overlooked principles. These principles make our Risperidone alternatives treatment successful. One of the basic foundations used in virtually all treatment at the center is seeking to discover the reason(s) why a symptom or set of symptoms emerged in the first place. For example, masking a broken leg with opiates won’t set the bone. Similarly, medicating a person is sometimes considered necessary where the person is reacting to a toxic burden combined with past trauma. Risperidone may numb the symptoms (at least for a time). Purging toxicity from the system can help prevent the original problems from resurfacing. Additionally, counseling and perhaps initiating lifestyle changes can be extremely helpful as a part of relieving emotional fallout from past trauma.

Misdiagnosis After Drug-Induced Psychosis

As a note, Physicians may have prescribed antipsychotics after an unintended drug-induced psychosis. Additionally, the attending doctor may even have labeled the person as having a mental illness. And tragically, that may or may not help the person to find real lasting relief that Risperidone alternatives may be able to help provide.3

Orthomolecular Medicine

natural risperidone alternativesAnother basic principle used at the center is found in orthomolecular medicine. This entails giving the body the nutrients it needs for optimal operation. Our clinicians perform lab tests to determine what nutrients are depleted. Then the clinical team designs the program needed to restore them. This important program aspect can create significant changes for the better in emotional and physical well-being.

As a note, the presence of toxins can block nutrient absorption. Toxins can include things like dental amalgam mercury, pesticide residues, past drug metabolites, and many other examples. For example, in areas where open mining occurs, chemical exposure to heavy metals such as lead or cadmium and others can affect the surrounding population. As a result, psychiatric issues occur at a higher rate than in non-exposed areas. This is another reason why we chose a holistic, multi-pronged approach. Each individual brings forth their own unique history and profile. Pretreatment interviews and assessments help plan the pathway that can lead to bettered natural mental health in an authentic and effective way.3,4

Alternatives to Risperidone May Provide Hope

Perhaps you or a loved one has experienced unsatisfactory results after being prescribed antipsychotic medication. There may have been several hospitalizations and other experiences that were not able to help. It is possible to better one’s state of health using natural methods instead of tying oneself to a prescription that one is not comfortable with.

Highly Trained Clinicians and Medical Staff

Alternative to Meds Center has a full roster of highly trained medical staff, clinicians, and caregivers to ensure that each person receives the highest level of care possible. Our programs are inpatient with 24/7 oversight and management in a nurturing, compassionate setting. Whether your goal is to taper Risperidone fully or reduce dosage levels safely, we are able to provide the best facilities in the world to help you to accomplish the task. Our clients enjoy a beautiful and non-toxic environment that we designed to support recovery. The center has provided help for thousands of clients over the past 15 years with an extremely high success rate.

Alternative to Meds Center invites you to call and find out more about the services and programs that are offered at the center. The center staff creates a program that is as unique as each person and their reasons for wanting treatment. We provide the best in Risperidone alternatives, which is why our clients’ successes are something we proudly demonstrate.

1. Ito, Takano, Arakawa, Miyoshi, Takahashi, Kodaka, Okumura, Otsuka, Suhara “Effects of the antipsychotic risperidone on dopamine synthesized in human brain…?” US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] 2009 Oct [cited 2021 Aug 4]

2. “Risperidone” information guide published by NAMI, accessed online  [cited 2021 Aug 4]

3. Korn “How Detoxification Will Improve Your mental health,” Psychology Today [INTERNET] 2017 Jan 2017  [cited 2021 Aug 4]

4. Orisakwe O.E. “The Role of lead and cadmium in psychiatry” NIMH, North American Journal of Medical Sciences [INTERNET] 2014 Aug 2014  [cited 2021 Aug 4]

5. Cornett E, et al., “Medication-induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update.” Ochsner Journal [Internet] 2017 Summer PMID 28638290  [cited 2021 Aug 4]

6.  Aucoin M, LaChance L, Clouthier SN, Cooley K. Dietary modification in the treatment of schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A systematic review. World J Psychiatry. 2020 Aug 19;10(8):187-201. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v10.i8.187. PMID: 32874956; PMCID: PMC7439299. [cited 2021 Aug 4]

Originally Published Feb 24, 2020 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

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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