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Risperdal

Generic Name: Risperidone (RIS-peer-I-dohn)

Drug Class: Third-generation Bisphosphonate

Contents

Drug Uses

This medicine is approved for the treatment of psychotic disorders. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for other condition as well, such as treatment of aggression, Tourette's syndrome and others.

General Information

Its important to know that having a mental illness is like any other medical illness, such as diabetes or heart disease. Mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, appear to be caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Stress, heredity, drugs, other medical illness, and physical injury to the brain can also contribute to mental illness.

How it Works

Psychotic symptoms are thought to be caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. This medicine relieves symptoms by adjusting this chemical imbalance.

How to Take It

Take this medicine exactly as prescribed. This medicine can be taken with or without food.

Possible Side Effects

    • dizziness, drowsiness
    • fatigue
    • dry mouth
    • weight gain
    • Notify your doctor right away if you experience:
      • muscle stiffness
      • spasms or twitching
      • any other involuntary movements of the face or tongue.

    • muscle stiffness, spasms or twitching, or any other involuntary movements of the face or tongue


    • Report any pounding heartbeat to your doctor immediately.

Warnings/Precautions

    • Before taking this medication, let your doctor know if you have:


    • kidney or liver disease
    • blood disorders
    • or a history of seizures


    • This medicine may cause drowsiness.


    • Do NOT drive or perform other activities requiring your full attention until you know how you react to this medicine.


    • Do NOT stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor, even if you are feeling better.

Overdose

    • Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.

Drug Interactions

    • Certain drugs used for depression (SSRI's), may lead to serotonin syndrome. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other antipsychotic medications, or medications for seizures. Certain seizures drugs (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine), may reduce the therapeutic effects of this medicine. Venlafaxine (Effexor) may increase toxicity of risperidone. Tramadol (Ultram) may increase risk of seizures. When taking any new medicine, (prescription or over-the-counter), consult with your health care professional first.


    • Certain drugs used for depression (SSRI's), may lead to serotonin syndrome. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other antipsychotic medications, or medications for seizures. Certain seizures drugs (e.g., phenytoin, carbamazepine), may reduce the therapeutic effects of this medicine. Venlafaxine (Effexor) may increase toxicity of risperidone. Tramadol (Ultram) may increase risk of seizures. When taking any new medicine, (prescription or over-the-counter), consult with your health care professional first.

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.

Pregnancy/Nursing

If you are planning on becoming pregnant, talk to your doctor first. For nursing mothers, it is unknown whether this medicine is excreted in breast milk. Your doctor can give you more details about any risks to your baby while taking this medicine.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

Copyright © 2004 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. Information expires March 1, 2005. Published March 1, 2004.

This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

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