Risperdal at low dose

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   Posted 5/15/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Has somebody tried Risperdal at low dose ?
I take it and recovered nearly complety from idiopathic fatigue thanks to Risperdal.
My case is not unique and it works against the fatigue in fibromyalgia.
I specify that although I take an antipsychotic drug, I was never diagnosed as depression or psychosis.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Nearly one year after I have posted this sujet I come back to you.
I confirm that this treatment works very well, without any side effect.
I am quite surprised nobody replied on this subject... nobody is interested ? nobody tried it ?
Did somebody talked about it with his doctor ?
Feel free to discuss or ask question if you need to know more.

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   Posted 3/5/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there,
I saw your posting, and I have a child who took it a few years ago for issues other than fibro, and it caused  terrible sleepiness/fatigue.  Buspar, Risperdal etc tend to have a zombie like effect or at least they did in my child. I actually took one at one point to see how potent the Risperdal really was and I could barely keep my eyes open the rest of the day, and I was an adult. However, if it works for fibro this is wonderful news.  I know someone who is currently working on this medication and I will tell him about it being used for fibro.
Best wishes!

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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I was not clear enough :

I take Risperdal at 0.5 mg/day.
This is a very low dose.

The trick is that with post antipsychotics you are 2 effects depending on the dose you take :
- at very low dose like me, it brings you to normal fit (physical & cognitive)
- at usual dose (the one used to treat schizophrenia) you face sleepiness.

Dear Banned and Momto3,
if you faced a weight gain/sleepiness, it is because you took a too high dose. At 0.5mg/day you face no side effect, due to the too low dosage.

To get this positive effect, you need to realise how the dose is very important.
When I take 0.25mg/day, the positive effect is too low, and I remain very weak (physical & cognitive)
When I take 0.5mf/day, I am in good shape (to be fait with you, I can't run a marathon everyday, I am just back to my previous fit :-))
When I take 1mg/day, I face sleepiness & brain fog. In fact, at that level I re-create artificially the symptoms of if the CFS.
When you know that Risperdal is usually prescribed between 1mg/day & 12mg/day, you realise how it is very important to tune perfectly the dosage to get the positive effect of Risperdal.

Speak about it with you doctor.
For more info feel free to discuss or email me.

Joni James
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   Posted 5/22/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
This is very interesting. I am preparing to go on low dose Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia and RA. It is supposed to work for CFS too. All the info is at www.lowdosenaltrexone.org and the low dose is critical with this too!

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   Posted 5/26/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Joni,
You are right. I got in touch with an few people treated with naltrexone at low dose. It works very well, but as usual you need to find by yourself the right dose.

Carefull : I get news from a person that has fibromyalgia. She's taken morphine for a long time to lower the pain. When she tried the low dose naltrexone => the pain INCREASED a lot. I heard for a neurobiologist that this reaction is normal after taking morphinic derivatives.

Thus :
- low dose naltrexone against fibro : very good
- if you are fibro and take morphinic derivatives : avoid naltrexone (or have try... but chance of success are low.
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