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How to stop taking Risperdal?

My 12 yr old son has been on risperdal for a year now for depression & anxiety . I wont to take him off because of new studies showing breast problems. I took him to dr last week because of a knot in his right breast, we passed it off as hormones because hes going through puberty. How do I slowly take him off of risperdal, he takes a half of 0.5 mg at night? Thank you, Concerned Mother
Mon, 18 Feb 2019
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Hello,

I can understand you're wanting to take him off of the Risperdal, but unless his anxiety has completely resolved, it may be best to switch it to a different class of antianxiety medication such as an SSRI.

Typically this is done by gradually increasing the one medication from a low dose while tapering the other medication until it is discontinued.

So - it would be best to do this under the guidance of a doctor who knows your son and can help if there are discontinuation symptoms (by going back up on a dose and tapering more slowly).

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh, General & Family Physician
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