How long does it take for meds to work usually

How long does it take for meds to work usually?

next day, one week, few weeks?

It can be anything from a few days to 2 months

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It takes risperidone 4-6weeks to work usually but it worked for me in 2 weeks and 4 days

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Yeah 4-6 works for most meds. It’s different for every person and even though you get receptor occupancy in the first 24 hours it can take some time to work. I know it’s frustrating but hang in there and keep taking the pills as prescribed. You should start to see some differences in the first couple of weeks.

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What medicine are you talking about?

It took me about 6 weeks for it to work. If it doesn’t work after a couple months definitely talk to pdoc

I think the average inpatient hospital stay is 10 days.

I think it took about a month for my delusions to go away but it also depends on the medication and the individual person. So it varies.

For your delusions, did you wake up one day and say, oh, this is faulty thinking, it is just a delusion.

What caused you to question your delusion?

How did you figure out it was a delusion?

Did all of your delusions go away on the same day or was it over few days?

Did your delusion go away counting from your first dosage or from your last adjustment to your meds?

I’m taking risperdone. Have been taking it for awhile but started adjusting again because I still have symptoms.

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I’m currently adjusting my meds, does that timeline apply to med increase?

I’ve been taking it for awhile and I still have symptoms so I’m getting an increase in meds.

I’m no expert. It just seems to take a bit to get going. I’d imagine that going up or coming down in doses would be different but that would be guesswork. As always talk to your doc. A good shrink gets to know their patients and gets an idea from other patients.

Takes about 4 week for me, but the thoughts are always there in the background

Haldol is spectacular. Trilafon (Perphenazine) is slow.

In the ER, give a florridly psychotic fellow a shot of haldol, and in a couple hours he’ll be talking normally. Trilafon on the other hand works slowly. Six weeks after beginning Trilafon, one still hasn’t a great idea how well it is going to work.

For many the side effect profile is much gentler on Trilafon than Haldol.


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@Henri_Henri - It was a slow process but one day my mind just cleared up and it was as if I was able to think normally again. I realized I was trapped in my own thinking and the delusions were not real because my mind was not processing information normally. I was very disconnected from reality and very far gone the thoughts that I was having were not normal because I was having delusions of grandeur delusions of persecution and having odd and other beliefs that we’re not real.

I was able to question my delusions because they were not real and the things that I was believing were so far out that they were not even making any sense that’s how I was able to question and realize that they were all delusions.

Once my mind started to clear up that’s when I realized that I was very delusional and nothing was making sense as well the medication kicked in after about a month and the thoughts started to clear away is when I realize that I was delusional and I was not in the right state of mind and I was a danger to myself and others.

It all clicked in one day. Even though it was a slow process it all just happened in one day.

I cant take haldol unfortunately. It makes my neck go stiff.

Dio you mean dystonia? I’ve had wicked dystonia on Haldol.

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They say APs will show signs of working within a few days. ADs usually take 4-6 weeks to show any sign of improvement. Benzos (anxiety meds) work right away (20-60 minutes).

When I took respirdal it took me about 3 Days