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risperidone Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is risperidone available in?

What dosages is risperidone available in?

risperidone is available as a 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2 mg, 3 mg, and 4 mg oral tablet/orally disintegrating tablet and a 1 mg/ml oral solution.

What is risperidone used for?

What is risperidone used for?

risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic that is used to treat:
Schizophrenia – people ages 13 years and older
Manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder – people ages 10 years and older Irritability associated with autism – children ages 5 to 17 years old

How does risperidone work?

How does risperidone work?

risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic. It’s not completely known how risperidone (risperidone) works, but it’s thought to work by balancing out the levels of chemicals (dopamine and serotonin) in your brain to help control your thoughts, mood, and behaviors.

How do I take risperidone?

How do I take risperidone?

Your provider will determine you dose of risperidone based on your condition and whether you have kidney or liver problems. They’ll adjust your dose over time, if needed. It is typically taken by mouth once daily.

Is it safe for me to take risperidone?

Is it safe for me to take risperidone?

risperidone is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you.

risperidone Common Side Effects

risperidone Common Side Effects

Common side effects of risperidone:

  • Muscle stiffness, muscle tightening, difficulty with movement
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Restlessness, trouble remaining still
  • Tremor
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Repetitive movements, abnormal postures
risperidone Serious Side Effects

risperidone Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with risperidone. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome: fever, sweating, stiff muscles, confusion, not aware of your surroundings, fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Stroke: numbness or weakness typically on one side of the body, loss of balance, headache, blurred vision, difficulty speaking
  • Dangerously high blood sugar: frequently thirsty, needing to urinate often, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, having fruity breath, having dry mouth
  • Serious infections: fever, headache, chills, body aches, cough, weakness
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty swallowing
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on risperidone

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on risperidone

The following medications may interact with risperidone:

  • Due to CNS effects, use caution when administering with other centrallyacting drugs. Avoid alcohol.
  • Due to hypotensive effects, hypotensive effects of other drugs with this potential may be enhanced
  • Effects of levodopa and dopamine agonists may be antagonized
  • Cimetidine and ranitidine increase the bioavailability of risperidone.
  • Clozapine may decrease clearance of risperidone.
  • Fluoxetine and paroxetine increase plasma concentrations of risperidone
  • Carbamazepine and other enzyme inducers decrease plasma concentrations of risperidone
Who makes risperidone?

Who makes risperidone?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is risperidone safe in pregnancy?

Is risperidone safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if risperidone will harm your unborn baby. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication if you are pregnant.


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