Risperdal is a drug also known as risperidone. This drug is an antipsychotic that is normally given to patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and sometimes to children on the autism spectrum. It can only be obtained when prescribed by a medical professional.
How it Works
People who have any of the disorders listed above have been found to have imbalances in their neural chemistry. Specifically, there is an imbalance of serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved in mood control. Risperdal works to restore this imbalance in the brain’s chemistry.
Risperdal is only prescribed for treating symptoms of schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder. These disorders often involve severe mood swings. Risperdal helps to alleviate this problem in such cases. It is never advised to give this antipsychotic to individuals with dementia, as this can be dangerous. However, it has been found to be promising for certain cases of obsessive compulsive disorder when traditional treatments do not work.
This drug comes in tablet form, an oral solution, and as orally disintegrating tablets. The required dose per day varies depending on the patient’s age, condition, and severity of their symptoms. A doctor will determine the exact dose. This drug is normally taken in small quantities initially, gradually increasing at specific intervals to reach a predetermined optimum.
When taking Risperdal, it is possible that the patient will experience certain side effects ranging from mild to severe.
Minor side effects should pass over time but inform your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Symptoms of flu
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any of the following major side effects:
Unusual motions like twitching
There may be other effects that have not been listed above.
Certain precautions should be noted before commencing a course of this drug. For this reason, a full medical history and any drug use or abuse should be disclosed to the doctor prior to obtaining a prescription. This way, the medical professional will be able to decide whether it is safe to take Risperdal.
Certain conditions can be complicated when this drug is taken, such as heart diseases or attacks, blood pressure problems, liver or kidney diseases. Furthermore, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and certain other medications present in the body may also exacerbate certain symptoms.
It is not advised for pregnant or breastfeeding women to commence this drug, however it should not be stopped without the advice of a doctor. This drug should be tapered off to avoid serious withdrawal symptoms.
Never give this medication to a child without express consent from a physician. Always confer with your physician about any physiological or psychological conditions you may be having or have a family history of before taking prescription medication.
Some individuals taking this drug have noticed thoughts of suicide, mood changes, and other negative reactions. Patients taking Risperdal should therefore be monitored closely.
Store Risperdal at room temperature in a dry, dark place. Do not allow the liquid version to freeze. Also refrain from taking the liquid solution with tea or cola.