Generic Risperdal

Generic Risperdal

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Indications for Generic Risperdal

Risperdal or risperidone is a type of anti-psychotic medication which works through changing some effects of brain chemicals. It is essentially prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia as well as for the symptoms of bipolar disorder or manic depression. It can also be used in autistic children for the treatment of irritability symptoms. Risperdal may also be used for other medical conditions as determined by your doctor.

Important Information about Generic Risperdal

Risperdal or risperidone should not be used for the treatment of psychotic conditions which are related to dementia. This is because Risperdal could cause heart failure, pneumonia, and sudden death.

Risperdal should not be administered to a child without the advice of a doctor.

Make sure to inform your doctor of any existing medical conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure, seizures or epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, a history of stroke or heart attack, a history of breast cancer, difficulty swallowing, diabetes or a history of having suicidal thoughts.

The orally disintegrating tablet of Risperdal may contain phenylalanine. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have PKU or phenylketonuria.

Risperdal belongs to the FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it is not known if it can harm a developing baby. Before taking Risperdal, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding a baby.

While taking Risperdal, you may become more sensitive to extreme temperature. Avoid getting overheated, getting dehydrated or getting too cold. Make sure that you would be drinking plenty of fluids, particularly during hot weather and during exercising.

Avoid drinking alcohol when taking Risperdal as it could worsen the dizziness caused by the drug. Also avoid driving and operating heavy machinery when taking Risperdal.

Inform your doctor of any drug or medication that you are also taking as there are some which could interact with Risperdal such as carbamazepine or Carbatrol, phenytoin or Dilantin, phenobarbital or Luminal, clozapine or Clozaril, fluoxetine or Prozac and rifampin or Rifadin.

Dosage and Administration of Generic Risperdal

Risperdal or risperidone should only be taken as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Never take it in a larger dose or for a longer time than what your doctor has recommended. Follow the prescription label.

Risperdal could be taken with or without meals. If you are taking the orally disintegrating tablets of Risperdal, do not chew it or swallow it whole. Instead, allow the tablet to dissolve in your mouth. Swallow a couple of time as the tablet is being dissolved in your mouth. If you want, you can drink some water after the tablet has been dissolved completely.

In order to maximize the benefits of Risperdal, it would be important to take it regularly. Refill your prescription before it completely runs out.

The liquid form of Risperdal should be measured using a special dose-measuring device and not just a regular spoon. If you do not have one, just ask your pharmacist for one.

If you miss a dose, make sure that you would be taking it as soon as possible. If the next dose is almost up, just make skip the dose you missed and then take the next scheduled one. Do not take two doses at one time.

In the event of a Risperdal overdose, seek emergency help right away. Some of the symptoms of an overdose would be fast heart rate, fainting, drowsiness, restless muscle movements and light-headedness.

Possible Side Effects of Generic Risperdal

Some of the side effects which can be experienced while taking Risperdal or risperidone would include mild restlessness, tremors, drowsiness, sleepiness, blurred vision, dreaming more than usual, dizziness or headache, problems with urination, weight gain, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, decreased sex drive and impotence.

If these do not go away or if they worsen or if you start experiencing an allergic reaction or more serious side effects, get emergency medical assistance immediately.

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