What is Risperdal used for?
RISPERIDONE is an antipsychotic. It is used for the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and some symptoms of autism.
What should I discuss with my physician prior to taking Risperdal?
Please do tell your physician if you have any of the following conditions:
- blood disorder or disease
- diabetes or a family history of diabetes
- difficulty swallowing
- heart disease or previous heart attack
- history of brain tumor or head injury
- history of breast cancer
- irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure
- kidney or liver diseases
- Parkinson's disease
- seizures (convulsions)
- an unusual or allergic reaction to risperidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How is Risperdal should be taken?
Peel back the foil to expose the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because this could damage the tablet. After removing the tablet from the package, it should be taken immediately. It cannot be stored once it is removed from the package. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Put the tablet on the tongue and allow it to dissolve, then swallow it. Do not split or chew the tablet. While you may take these tablets with water, it is not necessary to do so. It can be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, proceed taking it during meals. This medicine should be taken at the regular intervals. It should never be taken more often than prescribed. You shouldn’t stop the treatment course unless your physician specifically advised you to do so.
Consult with your pediatrician regarding the possibility of use of this medicine by children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years old for certain conditions, the necessary precautions should be applied.
Overdosage: If you suspect an overdosage, get in touch with the nearest poison control center or emergency room immediately.
NOTE: This medicine is only intended for your use. You should never share it with the others.
What to do if I missed a dose of Risperdal?
If you missed a dose, it should be taken as soon as possible. If the time has almost come for the next dose, only that one should be taken. You should never take double or extra doses; a single doze is sufficient for the purposes.
What are the possible interactions of Risperdal with the other medicine/food/etc?
This medicine should never be taken with any of the following drugs:
It may also trigger possible interactions with the following:
- arsenic trioxide
- certain medicines for the hormonal treatment of cancer
- certain quinolone antibiotics like gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin
- levodopa and other medications for Parkinson's disease
- medicines for high blood pressure
- medicines for irregular heartbeats
- medicines for seizures (convulsions)
- medicines for sleep or sedation
- other medicines for mental anxiety, depression or psychotic disturbances
- prescription pain medications
This list is not all-inclusive. Provide your health care provider with a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements that you use. Also tell them whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some of those items may also interact with your medicine.
Is there anything I should pay attention to while taking Risperdal?
Pay regular visits to your doctor or health care professional to undergo checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects. You shouldn’t stop taking this medicine abruptly. You may need to gradually reduce the dose in order to prevent the possible side effects. Only stop taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
You may get dizzy or drowsy. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how exactly this medicine affects you. Do not stand up or sit up quickly, especially if you are a senior patient. This is to reduce the risk of possible dizziness or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Refrain from using alcohol at all costs. You can get a hangover effect the morning after a bedtime dose.
Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice, some nonprescription medicines may increase possible side effects.
This drug can make you more sensitive to the sun, that is why you should keep out of it during the treatment course. If sun can’t be avoided, at least wear protective clothes and always use a sunscreen.You shouldn’t use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths during the treatment course.
Does Risperdal have any possible side effects?
The following side effects should be reported to your doctor or health care professional as soon as they are noticed:
- aching muscles and joints
- excessive thirst and/or hunger
- fainting spells
- fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- frequently needing to urinate
- loss of balance, difficulty walking or falls
- stiffness, spasms, trembling
The side effects listed below usually do not necessarily require any medical attention (please do report them to your physician if they are recurrent or bothersome):
- decreased sexual ability
- difficulty sleeping
- drowsiness or dizziness
- increase or decrease in saliva
- nausea, vomiting
- weight gain
Other side effects are also possible, the above list is not all inclusive.
Where should I keep Risperdal?
Keep this medicine out of the children’s reach.
This medicine should be stored at the room temperatures between 15 to 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Dispose of any unused medicine after the expiry date is reached.