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Review: Ritalin and Risperdal Consta

This review analyzes the effectiveness and drug interactions between Ritalin and Risperdal Consta. It is created by eHealthMe based on reports of 1,121 people who take the same drugs from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What are the drugs

Ritalin (latest outcomes from 11,175 users) has active ingredients of methylphenidate hydrochloride. It is often used in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Risperdal consta (latest outcomes from 5,117 users) has active ingredients of risperidone. It is often used in bipolar disorder.

On Oct, 26, 2014: 1,121 people who take Ritalin, Risperdal Consta are studied

Ritalin, Risperdal Consta outcomes

Drug combinations in study:
- Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
- Risperdal Consta (risperidone)

Drug effectiveness over time :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Ritalin is effective22.22%
(2 of 9 people)
(1 of 9 people)
(2 of 2 people)
(10 of 18 people)
(2 of 12 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(1 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)
Risperdal Consta is effective18.18%
(2 of 11 people)
(2 of 9 people)
(1 of 5 people)
(3 of 13 people)
(5 of 10 people)
(2 of 4 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 2 people)

Most common drug interactions over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
DyskinesiaInsomniaFatigueWeight DecreasedDyskinesiaType 2 Diabetes MellitusMusculoskeletal StiffnessAggression
AgitationNeuroleptic Malignant SyndromeTachycardiaTicAggressionAbnormal BehaviourMuscular WeaknessWeight Increased
AggressionAbnormal BehaviourTicDecreased AppetiteRenal Failure AcuteBlood Triglycerides IncreasedTardive DyskinesiaInsomnia
RhabdomyolysisDiabetes MellitusAbnormal BehaviourTachycardiaDehydrationType 1 Diabetes MellitusWeight DecreasedDrug Ineffective
TachycardiaAphagiaType 2 Diabetes MellitusBlood Pressure IncreasedAgitationWeight IncreasedDry MouthAgitation
DehydrationGalactorrhoeaBlood Triglycerides IncreasedSensation Of Foreign BodyCytolytic HepatitisKetoacidosisDystoniaDepression
HyperthermiaBlood Glucose IncreasedCoughTardive DyskinesiaHyperthermiaInsulin-requiring Type 2 Diabetes MellitusDyskinesiaSuicidal Ideation
Renal Failure AcutePainNight SweatsDiabetes MellitusTachycardiaHysterectomyAffective DisorderDiabetes Mellitus
ConvulsionBrain InjuryHyperhidrosisWeight IncreasedRhabdomyolysisFatigueCoordination AbnormalAbnormal Behaviour
Cytolytic HepatitisWeight DecreasedType 1 Diabetes MellitusHallucinations, MixedAltered State Of ConsciousnessDrug Effect DecreasedDisturbance In AttentionAnxiety

Drug effectiveness by gender :

Ritalin is effective22.22%
(4 of 18 people)
(15 of 37 people)
Risperdal Consta is effective31.25%
(5 of 16 people)
(11 of 39 people)

Most common drug interactions by gender * :

Weight IncreasedWeight Increased
Diabetes MellitusAgitation
InsomniaAbnormal Behaviour
Suicidal IdeationInsomnia
DizzinessDrug Ineffective
Type 2 Diabetes MellitusTic

Drug effectiveness by age :

Ritalin is effectiven/a21.05%
(4 of 19 people)
(8 of 28 people)
(3 of 13 people)
(1 of 14 people)
(2 of 2 people)
(0 of 1 people)
(1 of 1 people)
Risperdal Consta is effectiven/a9.52%
(2 of 21 people)
(5 of 26 people)
(4 of 14 people)
(4 of 10 people)
(1 of 3 people)
(0 of 1 people)

Most common drug interactions by age * :

AggressionAggressionWeight IncreasedDizzinessDiabetes MellitusDepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusDyspnoea
ConvulsionDyskinesiaAggressionDyspnoeaDepressionType 2 Diabetes MellitusDizzinessPain
Weight IncreasedTachycardiaDrug IneffectiveInsomniaPriapismInsomniaWeight IncreasedCondition Aggravated
Suicidal IdeationAgitationInsomniaAstheniaInsomniaRoad Traffic AccidentDiabetes MellitusAnxiety
Suicide AttemptDystoniaAbnormal BehaviourCompleted SuicideVentricular TachycardiaSpeech DisorderParkinsonismDepression
AgitationAbnormal BehaviourAgitationDeep Vein ThrombosisSuicidal IdeationChest PainSedationOedema Peripheral
Tardive DyskinesiaTicWeight DecreasedWeight DecreasedAnxietyNauseaExtrapyramidal DisorderUrinary Tract Infection
Foaming At MouthHyperthermiaAttention Deficit/hyperactivity DisorderRespiratory FailurePalpitationsBlood Cholesterol IncreasedParaesthesiaPain In Extremity
Self-injurious IdeationPyrexiaDiabetes MellitusHallucination, AuditoryLiver Function Test AbnormalFacial Bones FractureMuscle TwitchingSepsis
PolydipsiaCoughSuicidal IdeationHeadacheVomiting NosSwollen TongueDiabetic NeuropathyBack Pain

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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Comments from related studies:

  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • Kevin Peters Ph.d on Mar, 4, 2013:

    Sammy, I'm a white 45 male; just wanted to agree on that Klonopin remark. When I was 21 I had my second kidney transplant which was a BAD issue all together, at any rate the hospital did not include my medications taken at home after my surgery. I went thru the worst hallucinations and jerking and seizures you could ever possibly imagine. This went on for almost 3 1/2 weeks before we decided to have me taken OUT of the hospital and relocated before they ended up taking my life. Then the whole staff of paychology including the chief of psychiatry cane in my room to see what they could do, Finallu. During one of my few moments of clarity the C.O.F after blaming me if talking "drugs" prior to my transplant listened to my word of telling him the meds I was on before being admitted. After asking when was the last time I had received my Klonopin and me not knowing, he then reviewed the charts, and didn't see me receiving this med once. He stormed out of the room of about 9 docs and came back in with two Klonopin; for the first time in almost 4 weeks and after three surgeries the first 72 hours I was hospitalized, I was sleeping like a baby, for about 49 hours with NO MORE hallucinations, or seizures or jerking! I finally got out of there without a kidney since that kidney was supposed to go to another man named the same as I in a different city! I do take Xanax and probably always will. The half life on Klonopin is much different hence one if its dangers, Nevwr Ever stop this drug cold! I've been on dialysis 25 1/2 years now and suffered from intense skin cancers, but have fought and done all I can do to live a normal as possible life, working full time except when I'm in yet another surgery, over 32 general anesthetic procedures since 1987. I was the youngest boy-man to ever be on the USA soccer team ready to play in the Korea 1988 Olympics. What a change in life.....
    All the Best,
    K. Peters


    chris on Jun, 4, 2011:

    i have been taking clonzepam and trazedone and my speech is a very hoarse voice, I am wondering if if my speech problem is from these drugs's side effects.


    TwoDimes on Apr, 15, 2012:

    Upon occasion, I, too, have become hoarse and from the use of Klonopin. I was VERY hoarse when I tried to cold turkey off of 4mgs of Klonopin. I am now down to 1.5mgs per day and, still, (as I said, upon occasion, I become hoarse. I am sure that the use of Klonopin is the causative factor. - TwoDimes -


    SammySushi on Jul, 10, 2012:

    Omigosh, never cold turkey clonopin, esp that high of a dose. My dad had a major seizure and hallucinations doing so.


    Christophe on Nov, 13, 2012:

    I suffer from Hypothyroidism, High Cholesterol & Cancer survivor because of Zyprexa use and previously being prescribed Carbamezapine causing Thyroid damage. My best advice to you if you don't want Hypothyroidism is have regular blood tests, Thyroid damage can be undetected for up to 5 years with no symptoms found on regular blood tests prematurally. Make sure you buy iodised salt to use on food when eating this will help reduce your risk of getting Hypothyroidism. two signs of Hypothyriodism which the Carbamezapine & Zyprexa medication boxes labels wont tell you is if your face becomes puffed up, red or sun sensitive while taking these medications this is a sign of Hypothyroidism. It wont be found on your blood test but later on it could appear out of the blue. The other sign to look for is baldness or hair loss on your head, this is another symptom. I hope these comments will help you. You have to weight up the benefits and negatives taking medications if you decide to take these medicines or not. It depends on how you cope with the drug side effects.
    from Christophe


    AUDREY on Dec, 16, 2012:



    Sonya on Feb, 24, 2013:

    You definately need to take a stool softener...straining during defication can cause major problems in people with cardiac problems.


    Stillaguamish on Sep, 6, 2014:

    My heart breaks for you and I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. I recently had two surgeries and was outraged at hospital treatment. I had to demand my regular meds and when they gave in, they only gave me 3 of 6


  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • How likely is it my two weeks of auditory hallucinations are a drug reaction?


  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • The eye blinking has been only the last couple of weeks. This most recent acting out has been the last few days.This is occuring with a 10 yr. old boy.


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On eHealthMe, Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) is often used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Risperdal Consta (risperidone) is often used to treat bipolar disorder. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

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