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Last Updated on January 10, 2022 by Diane Ridaeus

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Alternative to Meds Center seeks to provide information that may help 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 a lifetime of medication may not be necessary or warranted.  For many, there can be … there ARE better options.

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For 15 years Alternative to Meds Center has assisted clients with antipsychotic withdrawal and antipsychotic alternative treatments. The success of our clients has been collected over time, making our published evidence regarding our clients’ successful outcomes recommended reading. If you ever wondered whether your caregivers missed underlying issues or misdiagnosed you completely, you are not alone. Medical case studies have documented these occurrences in striking detail, especially with misdiagnoses of schizophrenia.3  And, a study published in the 2021 Annals of General Psychiatry showed that in a cohort of 309 patients, a majority of schizoaffective disorders were misdiagnosed, in fact, 3 out of 4.There could be less toxic ways to resolve unwanted symptoms that could be preferable to continuing neuroleptic medications for the rest of one’s life. We have exciting information to share with you on the subject!
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Risperidone Mechanism of Action

risperidone dopamine blockerDrug manufacturers market risperidone under various brand names like Risperdal, Consta, Quicklets, etc., all of which 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 and other regulatory mechanisms in the body. Complex domino effects are initiated, and alter how natural chemicals such as dopamine or serotonin, etc., are either distributed or blocked along the 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, or with agitated states of psychosis.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. Another is that 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, recreational drugs, alcohol, or engaging in other behaviors that may put the person at risk. Alternatives to risperidone can help create a better pathway in treatment, without these negative outcomes often linked to antipsychotic medications, especially in consideration of many long-term studies on these phenomena.11

Alternatives to risperidone Include:

  • Strategic diet changes can be a powerful tool for mental health with a focus on high nutritive values, amino acids, elimination of refined carbs and sugars. 6,13,16
  • Choose organic, unprocessed foods where possible to avoid toxic effects. Unprocessed, raw fruits and vegetables are associated with overall better mental health.24
  • Nature therapy, forest bathing, experiencing nature are effective as a source of symptom relief.9
  • Mindfulness meditation can bring about positive changes in mood, behavior, and improved well-being.10
  • Supplements have shown efficacy in reduction of symptoms in schizophrenia including essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids,13 ashwagandha, and ginkgo biloba.12
  • CBT*  (cognitive-behavioral and other forms of talk therapy)13
  • Art, music, and other creative and recreational therapies.14
  • Physical exercise.15
  • Avoid stimulants, recreational marijuana, caffeine as in energy drinks and excessive coffee intake, all of which are linked to worsened psychosis symptoms. 17,18,19
  • Test for and remove toxic accumulations from the body including mercury, lead, cadmium and other substances linked to schizophrenia and other mental health conditions.20-23
  • Support a healthy robust microbiome with fermented foods, yogurt, probiotics. A functioning microbiome plays a key role in the production and distribution of essential regulatory hormones and neurotransmitters necessary for mental health.25,26,27

*CBT has been well 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 to seeking risperidone alternatives to handle the overall situation, and to successfully avoid 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 treatment with risperidone alternatives successful. One of the basic foundations of 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 the pain of a broken leg with opiates won’t set the bone. Similarly, medicating a person is sometimes considered necessary, but has no curative potential. Where the person is reacting to a toxic burden combined with past trauma, risperidone may numb the symptoms (at least for a time) but won’t address the toxic burden or relieve the past trauma burden. Purging toxicity from the system can help prevent the original problems from resurfacing. Counseling and initiating lifestyle changes can be extremely helpful as a part of relieving emotional fallout from past trauma. These are some examples of treating root causes, instead of only masking unwanted symptoms.

Misdiagnosis After Drug-Induced Psychosis

Not uncommonly, physicians may have prescribed antipsychotics after an unintended drug-induced psychosis, the attending doctor having labeled the person as suffering from a mental illness.8  Tragically, that may not have helped the person to find real and lasting relief that risperidone alternatives may be able to help provide.

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 allow side effects and symptoms to 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.

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. Coal and other mining operations are linked with both physical and mental health erosion in both workers and the surrounding population.28  As a result, psychiatric issues occur at a higher rate than in non-exposed areas. These diverse examples of how one can become toxically compromised provided good reasons why we chose a holistic, multi-pronged approach to mental health treatment, and alternatives to medication as the only solution. 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 clinically proven, well-researched, safe, and effective ways.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 excellence and efficacy in risperidone alternatives, which is demonstrated in Alternative to Meds center’s successes for our clients each and every day.  


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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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