Risperidone belongs to the atypical antipsychotics. This medication is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well as irritability associated with autistic disorder in children and adolescents aged 5-16 years. It can be also applied in other cases.
Dosage and direction
Take Risperdal by mouth with a glass of water, with or without food. Avoid cutting, crushing or chewing this medicine. Do not take the medicine more often than it is prescribed. Do not give up taking it except on the advice of your doctor. It may need time for medicine to help. Consult your doctor concerning the proper dose for you.
Before taking Risperidone to tell your doctor or chemist if you are allergic to it; or if you have other allergies. Inform your doctor or chemist if you have Parkinson's disease, eye, liver or kidney problems, etc. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking while being treated with this medication. Aged people can be more sensitive to the side effects of the medicine. During the pregnancy, this treatment should be used only when strongly necessary. As this medicament can be absorbed by skin, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not manipulate this medicine.
Risperdal should not be used by pregnant/nursing women or children as well as by the patients having demonstrated a reaction of hypersensitivity to Risperidone.
Possible side effect
The most common side effects are dry mouth, dizziness, irritability, sedation, insomnia, urinary retention, etc. A very serious allergic reaction rarely occurs. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side effects. Turn to your doctor or pharmacist for more details. In case you notice the effects not listed here, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use before using this medication. Risperidone can interact with: * droperidol; * sparfloxacin; * cisapride; * certain antibiotics; * medicines for high blood pressure; * medicines for seizures (convulsions) * medicines for sleep or sedation * medicines for mental depression, anxiety, etc. Turn to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you have missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you see that it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take your dose twice.
If you think you have used too much of this medicine seek emergency medical attention right away. The symptoms of overdose usually include chest pain, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and feeling light-headed or fainting.
Store your medicines at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store your drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.