Antipsychotic discontinuation syndrome following risperidone withdrawal: a case report from rural India

Sravanti L. Sanivarapu, Krishnamurthy CN


Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic agent used primarily to treat schizophrenia. It is a dopamine antagonist with antiserotonergic, antihistaminergic and antiadrenergic properties. Antipsychotic discontinuation symptoms have been described in the literature following abrupt or rapid reduction in the dose. This unusual case demonstrates that sudden withdrawal of even a modest dose of risperidone may cause significant discontinuation symptoms in susceptible individuals. Hence, there is a need for caution while taking a patient off antipsychotic medications in view of the vulnerable subgroup.


Antipsychotic discontinuation syndrome, Risperidone withdrawal symptoms

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