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Risperidone(1 mg)


Risperidone(1 mg)


Risperidone is used to treat schizophrenia (psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, often with delusions and hallucinations, and withdrawal into the self) and manic episodes associated with bipolar disorders.

How it works

Risperidone belongs to class of medicines called atypical antipsychotics. It works by altering the effects of chemicals present in the brain, thereby relieving the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.



Common side effects

back pain, increased heart rate, flu, breathlessness, agitation, indigestion, diarrhea, urinary incontinence, dry mouth, high prolactin levels in the blood, sleepiness, pain, nausea, nasal congestion, movement disorders, irritation and redness in the membrane covering the eye, weakness, increased appetite, inflammation of the air passages, fall., decreased appetite, fever, pain in the pharynx and larynx, vomiting, depression, uncontrolled shaking, ear infection, swelling, toothache, nosebleeds, redness of skin, increase in weight, sleep disorder, chest pain, lung infection, fatigue, cough, rash, hypertension, Unable to sleep, urinary tract infection, inflammation of the air-cavities around nose, blurred vision, abdominal pain, muscle pain or stiffness, anxiety, headache, constipation


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Expert advice

  • You will be regularly monitored for increase in weight, blood glucose level (if you are suffering from diabetes), and for signs and symptoms of fever and infection if you are having history of low white blood cell count.
  • Children and adolescents should be carefully monitored to check the sleepiness (sedative) effects of risperidone.
  • Your child will be regularly monitored for measurements of height, weight, sexual maturation, monitoring of menstrual functioning, and other potential prolactin-related effects.
  • Use with caution if you have history of fits (seizures).
  • If you are a men taking risperidone, you may be at a risk of getting priapism (persistent and painful erection of the penis). Seek for medical advice if you develop such signs and symptoms.
  • Use risperidone with caution in patients with heart disorders such as heart failure, heart attack, conduction abnormalities, dehydration or decrease in blood volume.
  • Do not take risperidone if you develop tardive dyskinesia (twitching or jerking movements that you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other parts of your body). 
  • Do not consume alcohol along with risperidone as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Do not take risperidone along with furosemide, as it may lead to death.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is risperidone safe in pregnancy?
Risperidone should only be used if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use risperidone during breastfeeding?
Risperidone should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is risperidone addictive/controlled substance?
No. Risperidone is neither addictive nor controlled substance.
Q. Is risperidone an antipsychotic/ sedative/SSRI/ neuroleptic?
Risperidone is an atypical antagonist which may show sedative effects. It has affinity towards serotonin. Few studies have shown that risperidone induces neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
Q. Is risperidone used for anxiety?
No. Risperidone is not used for anxiety.
Q. Is risperidone a benzo?
No. Risperidone is not a benzo.
Q. Is risperidone the same as risperdal?
Yes. Risperdal is a brand name of drug risperidone.
Q. Can I take risperidone with nyquil?
No. Taking risperidone with Nyquil (dextromethorphan and doxylamine) may increase the side effects such as drowsiness, blurred vision, dry mouth, heat intolerance, flushing, decreased sweating, difficulty urinating, abdominal cramping, constipation, rapid heartbeats, confusion, and memory problems.
Q. Can I take vicodin/tramadol/ ambien/diazepam with risperidone?
Using Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone), Ambien (zolpidem) or diazepam together with risperidone may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Tramadol may increase the risk of seizures when given with risperidone. 
Q. Can I take ibuprofen/ trazodone/melatonin/ Tylenol with risperidone?
Yes. Taking ibuprofen/ trazodone/melatonin/ Tylenol (acetaminophen) with risperidone does not cause any harmful effects. Please follow your doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Does risperidone cause depression/ weight loss/ high prolactin levels/ weight gain/ lower blood pressure/ make you high or drowsy/ help you sleep?
These side effects are commonly observed with risperidone use. Stop taking risperidone and consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

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