Tag Archives: Risperdal

Alzheimer’s Disease Therapies

Current Therapies for Alzheimer’s Disease Because there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease (), the primary goal of treatment remains the relief of cognitive, functional, and behavioral symptoms associated with the disease. Hence, current therapies aim to improve the quality of life for both Alzheimer’s disease patients and the caregivers who often must cope… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Therapy: Antipsychotics

Overview. Behavioral problems are prevalent in later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, when 50-60% of patients develop severe psychotic symptoms (). Behavioral symptoms range from depression and apathy to delusions, hallucinations, and aggressiveness. They are extremely distressing and burdensome to caregivers and affect both the quality of patient care and the choice of treatment. Aggressive and… Read More »

BDD and Risperdal

Question. I suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). I have been taking Paxil for about a year and it has relieved my depression, but not my delusions or referential thinking. The doctor has given me a prescription for Risperdal, which he feels may help me to see things more clearly. I heard it is associated… Read More »

Risperdal for Pain?

Question. I have multiple sclerosis and lupus. I was recently prescribed 1 mg of Risperdal daily by a psychiatrist who said that it would help me sleep and might help soothe some of the nerve pain I have. I also have a psychiatric disorder for which I am receiving psychotherapy. When I looked up Risperdal,… Read More »

Risperdal for Depression?

Question. My 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with severe depression. She has been taking 30 mg of Prozac daily for almost a month. Yesterday, she tried to commit suicide by taking 12 diet pills. She has lost 15 pounds. Her psychiatrist has now recommended Risperdal as well. We are worried about the side effects of Risperdal.… Read More »

When to Introduce Antipsychotics

Question. When do you feel antipsychotics should be used to treat anxiety? My patient is very distressed, cannot concentrate and has a hard time with rational thought. He suggested this as a possible option, but what do you think? Answer. Unless the anxiety is really secondary to a psychotic process, I would argue that the… Read More »

Information about Alzheimer’s Disease for Patients and Families

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and well-known form of degenerative dementia. By definition, dementia is a syndrome, a cluster of symptoms, of impaired memory and cognition. Dementia is a cognitive disorder that impairs an individual’s memory and ability for reasoning, awareness, and judgment. Cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease may involve disturbance of language (aphasia),… Read More »