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I started on Risperdal 0.5 mg three days ago, as adjunctive therapy for OCD. It's been causing horrible nightmares, and anxiety while I sleep (as in waking up gasping for air from a panic attack).

So, tonight i cut the big 1 mg pill into 8 small 0.125 mg pills, I'm gonna try 0.125 for 3 to 7 days, 0.25 for 3 to 7 days, then try the 0.5 again. I'm curious as to what experiences other have had with Risperdal, anxiety, nightmares, and dosage titration.

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I started on Risperdal 0.5 mg three days ago, as adjunctive therapy for OCD. It's been causing horrible nightmares, and anxiety while I sleep (as in waking up gasping for air from a panic attack).

So, tonight i cut the big 1 mg pill into 8 small 0.125 mg pills, I'm gonna try 0.125 for 3 to 7 days, 0.25 for 3 to 7 days, then try the 0.5 again. I'm curious as to what experiences other have had with Risperdal, anxiety, nightmares, and dosage titration.

Thanks

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i switched from seroquel to risperdal for that very same reason. i would have horrible  nightmares every night that i took seroquel. i guess you just have to find the novel antipsychotic that works best. have you tried geodon? a couple ocd friends of mine have had good experiences with that.

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I just started the same dose of risperdal last week.  I haven't had any nightmares

but have very lucid dreams.  Have you ever woken up from anxiety before, or

is this just since starting the risperdal?  I've been a bit lightheaded, but nothing

major.  Maybe see what pdoc has to say about awakening like that.  Good luck to

both of us with this med! 

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I just started the same dose of risperdal last week.  I haven't had any nightmares

but have very lucid dreams.  Have you ever woken up from anxiety before, or

is this just since starting the risperdal?  I've been a bit lightheaded, but nothing

major.  Maybe see what pdoc has to say about awakening like that.  Good luck to

both of us with this med!

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I made the exact same switch.  The Seroquel  made my paranoid and gave my hallucinations and gory dreams.  The dreams weren't as scary so much as just disgusting as disturbing.  I think it's issues from childhood coming to the surface, alot of anger, grief and helplessness.

The Risperdal hasn'r caused any effects, although I have had some lucid dreaming.  I only can pull it off during naps and if I sleep in (which isn't much lately).

Weirdness.

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I have been getting hardcore nightmares on Risperdal, seeing some pretty disturbing things in my dreams. But I have never woken up in anxiety as a result of this. I don't mind the nightmares so much, it's just a bit disturbing in the first few hours of the morning when the images are still in your head. Anxiety can be a side effect of Risperdal.

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I just started Risperdal from Seroquel the other day. Honestly Seroquel knocked me out to the point where I don't remember my dreams. Normally when when I'm not on medication I have very Lucid , Vivid , Dreams or nightmares ... I often record them down in a notebook because they are amazing. Wellbutrin and Ritalin both caused me to frequently remember a number of dreams within the same night where as I normally only remember 1 or 2 (sometimes inbetween waking up once or twice).

I will tell you guys if Risperdal causes me to have more lucid dreams that normal but I would welcome the experience. I find dreams and nightmares to be very helpfull at times and often a good source of entertainment (to myself or people I tell about them). I have even "dreamed" up songs or parts of songs (since I'm a musician).

My realy advice is to not let the dreams bother you but so much. Everyone wakes up from nightmares.. I have a habit of waking up pissed off or in a really bad mood because of nightmares involving people I care about or my significant other. But in all honestly man ...

Whats worse having nightmares like a kid ? Or Having your problems your on the medication for in the first place. If those are you only side effects be thankfull !!!!

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I just started Risperdal from Seroquel the other day. Honestly Seroquel knocked me out to the point where I don't remember my dreams. Normally when when I'm not on medication I have very Lucid , Vivid , Dreams or nightmares ... I often record them down in a notebook because they are amazing. Wellbutrin and Ritalin both caused me to frequently remember a number of dreams within the same night where as I normally only remember 1 or 2 (sometimes inbetween waking up once or twice).

I will tell you guys if Risperdal causes me to have more lucid dreams that normal but I would welcome the experience. I find dreams and nightmares to be very helpfull at times and often a good source of entertainment (to myself or people I tell about them). I have even "dreamed" up songs or parts of songs (since I'm a musician).

My realy advice is to not let the dreams bother you but so much. Everyone wakes up from nightmares.. I have a habit of waking up pissed off or in a really bad mood because of nightmares involving people I care about or my significant other. But in all honestly man ...

Whats worse having nightmares like a kid ? Or Having your problems your on the medication for in the first place. If those are you only side effects be thankfull !!!!

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I agree.  I miss my dreams when I don't have them.  I remember as a kid having recall of 3 or 4 in a row upon waking.  There would be periods, in between dreams, when everything would fade to gray and then black, and I would wait in the blackness until a new dream unfolded.  I also had a lot of repetative dreams, always nightmares or just involving the feeling of being out of control.  And of course the false awakening dreams,

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I just started Risperdal from Seroquel the other day. Honestly Seroquel knocked me out to the point where I don't remember my dreams. Normally when when I'm not on medication I have very Lucid , Vivid , Dreams or nightmares ... I often record them down in a notebook because they are amazing. Wellbutrin and Ritalin both caused me to frequently remember a number of dreams within the same night where as I normally only remember 1 or 2 (sometimes inbetween waking up once or twice).

I will tell you guys if Risperdal causes me to have more lucid dreams that normal but I would welcome the experience. I find dreams and nightmares to be very helpfull at times and often a good source of entertainment (to myself or people I tell about them). I have even "dreamed" up songs or parts of songs (since I'm a musician).

My realy advice is to not let the dreams bother you but so much. Everyone wakes up from nightmares.. I have a habit of waking up pissed off or in a really bad mood because of nightmares involving people I care about or my significant other. But in all honestly man ...

Whats worse having nightmares like a kid ? Or Having your problems your on the medication for in the first place. If those are you only side effects be thankfull !!!!

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I agree.

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I started on Risperdal 0.5 mg three days ago, as adjunctive therapy for OCD. It's been causing horrible nightmares, and anxiety while I sleep (as in waking up gasping for air from a panic attack).

So, tonight i cut the big 1 mg pill into 8 small 0.125 mg pills, I'm gonna try 0.125 for 3 to 7 days, 0.25 for 3 to 7 days, then try the 0.5 again. I'm curious as to what experiences other have had with Risperdal, anxiety, nightmares, and dosage titration.

Thanks

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Just to give you an update , I had pretty vivid nightmares the other night after taking them , however my dosage of wellbutrin was upped too and when I first started those it caused vivid dreams/nightmares as well. So.

But like I said if the meds are working you shouldn't worry too much about the dreams unless you start waking up 3 or 4 times a night without getting back to sleep for a good while

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