Is Risperdal (risperdone) Like Alprozalam (xanax) (Top voted first)

Des Says:

I am wondering if Xanax (a benzo-) is like Risperdal (a benzi-) and if the two are related in any way?

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stephanie Says:

i have taken xanax for years n the dr put me on respridol are they the same

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Rnmelissa Says:

Irish, risperdal is used for many different things, including the diagnosis of bipolar. I am in the medical field and have seen it being used for depression, anxiety, and also as a sedating tool. It can be very sedating, but as with ANY medication it differs with each person. With you it could help you function easier day to day, while with someone else it could knock them out. If you have been taking it and have no concerns, continue if it helps. To me it is not the best to get feedback for medications online due to the fact that everyones body responds to medications differently. Best of luck to you!

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crazyjay Says:

i have been taking risperdal since i was 15 no im, 22 and have had no side effect ive been diagnosed with bi ploarity n schizophrenia I'm f***ed up i know lol but the risperdal workslike a charm wen i miss a day im likely to throw crazy tantrums and end up assaulting someone so yeah its a powerfl drug but like u all say dont use unless prescribed drugs can take a turn on u real kuick if i smoke weed with risperdal i get the sweats and light headed even vomit no joke but everyone is different

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Irish Says:

I take risperdal, but after reading some post im scared of continuing it, i have no side affects and handle it well, but i was reading it was for bi-polar and i have never been disagnosed with that. Can some one please give me some feedback, i want to know that my fears are un founded

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LocoEddie Says:


One is anti-anxiety the other is anti-psychotic.

Due to the side effect profile Risperal should not be used unless you have clinical diagnosis of psychotic disorder.

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Will Says:

Does Risperdal come up in a U/A as a benzodiazepine?

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Verwon Says:

Risperdal is occasionally used off-label to help those with mental disorders who have trouble sleeping, however they are entirely two different drugs, exactly as LocoEddie said and should never be taken unless you are under a doctor's supervision.

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Chantel Says:

Hi, I'm currently taking Risperdone for bi-polar disorder, I just recently been diagnosed and I notice that when I get up in the morning I feel like I never even been to sleep, I can't keep my eyes opened & I can't even do my usual daily tasks. I'm always hungry & I noticed that within the month & a half I've been taking this med, I am gaining a lot of weight, I really wish I could find out what's another bi-polar med I can take because this one makes me feel so uncomfortable taking it, but if I stop I can tell the difference. Does anyone know another med I can take besides Risperdone, that their taking.... I see online that this med has alot of side effects for men, but what about women, because I personally see side effects within myself, my breast are also always sore.... Im not so sure about this anymore, but I need it because I'm an even bigger mess without it

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Tallie Says:

Risperdal is also taken for anti-anxiety. I take it myself & find it more the useful. I get panic attacks due to high anxiety in my day to day life. The little pink pill is the only way I have found to cope with something that is otherwise out of my control. I don't care what other disorders it is used to treat. And I do not associate myself with any of them. It has allowed me to live my life the way I want to. And in the end that's all that matters. If it helps you - don't give a s*** about any kind of stigma. If it helps, that's all that matters.

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Crazy Says:

my many years under sychiatric care i have been perscribed numerous antisychotic meds. In my exsperiance all of them were no good. Yes they might com me down or help me b more active but all had awful side affects as u have exsplained above. Very bad dteams of death or dying. I often dreamed of the devil. It literally tourchered me. I had to finally take a stand and stop them all. I have really bad anxiety with high blood pressure and i treat it with xanax. They started me on colonopin first....then xanax helped me better. I am biopolar and ptsd n i just deal with it on my own. O wud much rather deal than b scared to death daily. My exsperience.

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Kayann Says:

I've been on risperdal for 3years and I'm currently tapering off it.,It's a very dangerous drug and has stolen my personality! This happens with many people who take it. I have severe depressing, high anxiety, flat emotions, the inability to feel any joy or pleasure (anhedonia), can't sit still. It's horrible! Slowly taper off now. The longer you're on, the worse it gets.

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Had enough Says:

Yes I tried Risperdal. Now every full moon night I Go out and howl in the woods

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Andrea Says:

ANY drug I'm prescribed that's a narcotic I take very sparingly, not very often, almost to the point of being paranoid. Usually, the only time I take Xanax is when I absolutely CANNOT sleep. Be careful!

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LocoEddie Says:

yeah... sleep for a major surgury!

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Terri Says:

Can risperidone be used for Alzheimer's?To treat for short term delusional periods?

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Che Says:

Just read trazadone was analgesic pain reliever and it's a very small narcotic to o

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AdviceMed Says:

The two pharmaceutical drugs are completely different. Xanax is a controlled substance in the class of Benzodiazepine () used to treat Panic Disorder and Anxiety.
Risperdol is used to treat disorders like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, and Irritability caused by Autism. Risperdal (Resperidone) is an Antipsychotic.
() Benzodiazepines possess sedative, hypnotic, anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties..
Do not use either of these medications for other purposes than prescribed.. They work in completely different ways.

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Wiggles Says:

I've been prescribed sera quail retilin depecote now respirdal i don't like these when I get bad attacks anxiety anger social issues she gives me Zanex and it works best for my issues how do I get my script switch to Zanex

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Daniel Says:

I don't think they are the same. Keep going back to doctor and stating Xanax works better.

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Miz Mabel Says:

Did you have issues with anger or easily agitated or displayed some form of aggressive behavior poor to being prescribed Risperdal? Miz Ma

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