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Risperdal causes weight gain of 5-6 pounds
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The anti-psychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone) causes an average weight gain of 5 or 6 pounds according to a recently published review paper about the weight gaining potential of anti-psychotic drugs.
One study found that patients taking 2 to 16 mg of risperidone per day gained 2 to 4 pounds in two months.
A longer term study lasting seven months found that patients taking risperidone gained an average of 5.7 pounds.
Another study found an average weight gain of patients taking risperidone for one year was 5.1 pounds.
Weight gain from Risperdal (risperidone) does not appear to be dose-related.
Risperidone is used to treat psychotic disorders and symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and hostility.
Tardieu S, Micallef J, Gentile S, Blin O. Weight gain profiles of new anti-psychotics: public health consequences. Obes Rev. 2003 Aug, 4(3):129-38.
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