Risperdal is a type of antipsychotic medication that is used to treat a number of psychological disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This medication is usually used along with a number of other medications in order to increase its effectiveness.
How It Works
This medication works by bringing balance to the chemicals and neurotransmitters in the brain. It has been found that psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. For instance, schizophrenics have excess amount of dopamine in their brain. Risperdal reduces this dopamine level and thereby reduces symptoms such as hallucinations.
The medication is highly useful in treating a number of mood disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic episodes). It also used to reduce irritability amongst children with autism. Moreover, the medication can also be useful in treating depression, especially when used with a number of other antidepressants.
Risperdal is usually taken once or twice a day on a daily basis. You might get a different prescription from your physician since the dosage can differ according to the severity of the condition and your response to the treatment.
This medication can be taken by mouth, with or without food. However, if you are taking Risperdal in liquid form, do not mix it with cola or tea. Instead use liquids such as coffee or water.
Remember that this medication must be taken regularly in order to experience its full benefits. Do not skip a dose or accidently miss it since it can affect the effectiveness of the treatment.
The following are some side effects of this medication that you may or may not experience during the treatment process.
Uncontrolled muscle movements in the face
High blood sugar
Low white blood cells
If you do experience any of the above, make sure to contact your physician immediately for medical assistance.
Following the precautions given below will help you to reduce the risk of the side effects of this medication.
Do not drive or operate machinery during this treatment process since the medication can affect your thinking.
Do not consume alcohol since it increases the side effects of this medication.
Drink plenty of fluids since you can easily get dehydrated when using Risperdal.
Do not increase the dose if you accidently skip one. Always stick to your physician’s prescription.
Do not consume this medication during periods of pregnancy or breastfeeding since it can affect your child’s health severely.
Do not give this medication to a child without consulting a healthcare provider first.
Before use, check whether you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in this medication.
You must inform your physician and pharmacist about your current medications including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and also herbal treatments. This will ensure that the consumption of Risperdal will not negatively react with your other medications.
Do not increase your dosage without consulting your physician. If you wish to accelerate the effectiveness of the treatment, try taking the drug with other antidepressants. That is only if your healthcare provider approves.