Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic medication used in adults and teens to control the extreme emotions, thoughts, or behavior sometimes associated with schizophrenia. This medication is also used for treating mania or mixed episodes in adults, teens, and children over the age of ten years. Risperdal is also used to help control some of the behaviors associated with autism in children ages five to sixteen. This medication will not cure bipolar, autism, or schizophrenia. This medication will help control the behavior that accompanies these conditions.
It may take several weeks to feel the full effect of Risperdal, and it is important to continue taking the medication even if one feels well. This drug comes in a regular or a quick-dissolve tablet form and a liquid concentrate and is usually taken once or twice per day. A person should not alter the amount of the drug taken without speaking to their doctor first, and a consistent dose should be taken each day.
Your doctor may start you on one dosage and then slowly increase the amount of Risperdal you take until your symptoms are manageable. Risperdal is not recommended for use by older adults with dementia. If you have or have ever had irregular heartbeat, chest pains, breast cancer, Parkinson's disease, stroke, seizures, or heart, liver, or kidney disease, you should talk to your doctor before you take this drug.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had urinary issues or problems with your prostate. You should also mention any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications. Risperdal may interact with other medications or supplements, including antidepressants, high blood pressure medications, medication for seizures, sleeping pills, and others. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication. If you have ever been addicted to street drugs or a prescription medication, let your doctor know before you begin taking this prescription.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from Risperdal, you should call your doctor immediately. Serious side effects can include:
Less serious side effects may include:
Do not stop taking Risperdal abruptly; see your doctor before reducing or discontinuing this medication. You can reduce withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of this medication. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:
Page content reviewed by James Pendleton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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