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Thursday, April 23, 2009 Lisa, Community Member, asks

Q: How long does it take risperdal to start taking effect

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Christina Bruni, Health Guide
4/23/09 9:46pm

Hello Lisa,


Different drugs work differently on each person, whose brain chemistry is sensitive to the kind of drug she's on.  Though I'm not on Risperdal, I can tell you that when my pdoc instituted a cross-titer from the Stelazine to the Geodon [and then went higher on the G by 40 mg] it took two years to get the maximum effect.  Added to that, not all drugs relieve all symptoms at all times, so sometimes I have a minor flutter here and there.  My psychiatrist believes total symptom relief is the only acceptable outcome, and I agree with him when he set this goal for my treatment.


I would say six months is too early to definitively answer whether you've found the full relief, and by three years you should know if things are adequate.  Even better, a person can notice gradual, improved shifts towards symptom relief throughout the course of her recovery.


Best wishes,


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By Lisa, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/26/11, First Published: 04/23/09