Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as irritability in people with autism. It is an antitypical psychotic which can be taken orally or injected into a muscle, and no one knows exactly how it works. Common side effects include weight gain, headache and dizziness, feeling hot or cold, and stomach pain. There are quite a few side effects, most of which I didn’t have to deal with, thankfully. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, which is a slow-onset movement disorder involving the involuntary jerking around of the head or body as well as grimacing, rapid blinking, or lip smacking. The increased risk of suicide is also a concern. Risperidone costs between 100 US dollars and 200 per month.
Wellbutrin is an antidepressant known as a norepinephrine–dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). This means that it blocks the reabsorption of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, leading to more of them present in the cells, which contributes to more stable moods. The most concerning side effect is an increase in risk for epileptic seizures. Because it’s an NDRI, Wellbutrin does not contribute as much to sexual dysfunction or weight gain as much as other antidepressants. Wellbutrin also reduces cravings for cigarettes.
Taking these medications has helped me maintain a stable lifestyle. A more “normal” lifestyle. I took them while I was pregnant, and avoided serious depressive or manic episodes during my pregnancy.