Risperdal is an effective medicine taken by patients to treat specific mood and mental disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Its use helps them start thinking clearly and participate in their everyday lives. It belongs to a group of drugs called atypical antipsychotics, and it works by restoring the right balance of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Sometimes, Risperdal is prescribed to be taken together with other meds to treat depression.
Everything about Its Proper Use
Take this medication orally, both with and without food, either once or twice a day. Regular doses must be based on your medical condition, age, individual response and other basic factors. To avoid possible risk of side effects, it’s advisable to start taking Risperdal at low doses that can be increased slowly. This medicine should be taken regularly, at the same time every day. In very rare cases, patients are exposed to an increased risk of experiencing dangerous side effects if they are older adults with dementia. That’s why Risperdal isn’t approved to be taken to treat different dementia-related behavior issues.
Serious and Mild Side Effects
Like other drugs, this medication may cause different adverse effects, including:
Dizziness and drowsiness;
Drooling and lightheadedness;
Sudden weight gain and nausea;
Unusual tiredness and headaches.
Most of them are mild, so they don’t cause a lot of discomfort. If they persist or get worse, call your physician to adjust this treatment. To avoid the risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, get up slowly from any sitting and rising position. Most patients who use Risperdal don’t experience any serious side effects, but if you have any of the following severe symptoms, inform your doctor immediately:
Muscle spasms and difficulty urinating;
Mood and mental changes;
Tremor and signs of new infections;
Allergic reactions and priapism;
Uncontrolled and unusual movements;
Severe tiredness and confusion;
Fever and increased sweating;
Muscle tenderness and weakness, pain and stiffness;
Dark urine and urine changes;
Irregular and fast heartbeats.
Possible Risperdal Contraindications
Before starting this treatment, tell doctors if you have any possible allergies, liver and kidney problems, low white blood cell count, difficulty swallowing, dementia, diabetes, high blood cholesterol levels, heart diseases, obesity, hypertension and other medical history facts. It’s necessary to avoid drinking alcohol, activities that cause you to overheatand driving when taking Risperdal. Older patients are more sensitive to its side effects, especially lightheadedness, dizziness and QT prolongation. Avoid taking this medication with such drugs as specific antihistamines, alcoholic products, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds, narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxants and some others because of possible interactions.