Originally Posted by cmon2008
Just wondered from those of you whose parents are on antipsychotics, how long did it take to see changes.
Just responding to say that when we took 85 year old grandmother OFF the Risperidone (Risperdal) because we thought it unnecessary to be on except as needed--wow. She turned into a monster. She could do more, but what she did was yell and push at us and refuse to do most everything!
I researched the drug before asking the dr. about it and know that it seems to be ineffective for those with dementia, and yet...I think she needs it. Unless we can find another medication for the terrible moods, I don't know what else to do. I just wonder if her brain chemistry is such now that it mimics psychosis? I dunno.
There's so much weighing of pros and cons with this stuff. Good luck to you! I'd say if you can find another med or deal with the agitation, lose the Risperdal.