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What is Risperidone used for?

Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic drug that is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders such as schizophrenia, irritability associated with autism, and symptoms of bipolar disorder. This antipsychotic medication helps restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Risperidone?

The dosage of Risperidone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Risperidone can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Risperidone?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Risperidone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Risperidone?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Risperidone, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Risperidone?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Risperidone.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Risperidone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Risperidone can interact with medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease, antidepressants, and high blood pressure medicines.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Risperidone?

Like other medicines, Risperidone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Risperidone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Risperidone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Risperidone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Risperidone can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth, impotence, constipation, blurred vision, weight gain, and nausea. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Risperidone.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Risperidone?

Is it possible for me to take Risperidone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Risperidone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Risperidone?
How will Risperidone work in my body?
How should Risperidone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Risperidone drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Risperidone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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