Our expert says:
In my own family esperience, Risperdal has been very helpful, though not always --- we still have rough days around once a week. But Xanor, like all the benzo tranqullizers has the problem that they can affect people rather like alcohol, which, as we all know, can be disinhibiting and thus increase violent tendencies and temper tantrums.
Some people respond to drugs of the risperdal family with a side-effect called akathisia, in which they become very restless, pointlessly restless. But where risperdal is useful it should lead to clearing of the mind and deceased agitation and confusion. Its possible that much of what you're seeing could be from Xanor withdrawal. Maybe a far slower withdrawal of it could help. The problem when one gets dependent on some of the benzos is that in some people the dose decrease has to be VERY gradual --- I've even known someone shaving the tablet with a razor, to take off a little more each day
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