Information about Risperidone

Risperidone Uses

Risperidone is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and mania.

How Risperidone works

Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic. It works by affecting the levels of chemical messengers (dopamine and serotonin) to improve mood, thoughts and behavior.

Common side effects of Risperidone

Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Parkinsonism, Sedation, Dizziness, Weight gain, Akathisia (inability to stay still), Anxiety, Gastrointestinal symptom, Increased prolactin level in blood
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Expert advice for Risperidone

  • Risperidone helps treat schizophrenia and mania.
  • It may cause less weight gain, sedation, and heart problems as compared to other similar medicines.
  • It may take 4-6 weeks to notice any medication effects. Keep taking it as prescribed.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Risperidone can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • It may cause increase in weight, blood sugar, cholesterol, and fat. Eat healthy, exercise, and monitor your levels regularly.
  • Inform your doctor  if you experience any abnormal movements or restlessness.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart diseases as Risperidone can increase your risk of irregular heartbeat.
  • Do not stop taking Risperidone without talking  to your doctor first as it may cause worsening of symptoms.

Frequently asked questions for Risperidone


Q. Is Risperidone good for anxiety?

Few studies suggest that low doses of Risperidone can be used for anxiety. However, do not take this medication without consulting your doctor. The doctor will suggest the exact dose by weighing the possible benefits and risks associated with this medicine. Take the medication as advised by the doctor and follow the instructions as provided.

Q. Can Risperidone cause psychosis?

Risperidone is used to treat conditions like psychosis and schizophrenia. The chances of developing medicine-induced psychosis are rare with Risperidone. However, in a few specific conditions, there are chances where Risperidone can worsen the psychiatric condition, although it is rare. Do consult your doctor if you do not see any improvement or worsening of symptoms.

Q. Can Risperidone cause weight gain?

Yes, Risperidone can cause significant weight gain. You should monitor your weight regularly and if there is significant weight gain then you should report your doctor immediately.

Q. Can I drive vehicles while taking Risperidone?

Risperidone sometimes can cause dizziness, tiredness, and vision problems which can affect the ability of a person to drive and use heavy machines. Hence, the patients on Risperidone are advised not to drive or operate machinery without consulting the doctor.

Q. Can I take my medicines for epilepsy while taking Risperidone?

You should not stop taking your anti-epileptic medicines while taking other medications. Some antiepileptic medications like Carbamazepine, phenytoin may alter the blood levels of Risperidone and therefore special caution should be ensured while taking these medications. The dose of Risperidone should be adjusted as needed while taking along with antiepileptic drugs. If you start or stop taking such medicines you may need a different dose of Risperidone.


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