What is Risperidone used to treat?

Risperdal or Risperidone (generic) is a medication that works in the brain to treat schizophrenia. It is also known as a second generation antipsychotic (SGA) or atypical antipsychotic. Risperidone works to balance dopamine and serotonin to adjust behavior.

Risperidone may help some or all of the following symptoms of schizophrenia:

  • Hallucinations – imagined voices or images that seem real
  • Delusions – beliefs that are not true (e.g., other people are reading your thoughts)
  • Disorganized thinking or trouble organizing your thoughts and making sense
  • Little desire to be around other people
  • Trouble speaking clearly
  • Lack of motivation

Risperidone is also FDA approved for the following indications:

  • Acute treatment of manic or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder
  • Maintenance (long-term) treatment of bipolar disorder (Risperdal Consta only)
  • Irritability associated with autistic disorders

If you are planning on becoming pregnant, notify your healthcare provider to best manage your medications. Untreated schizophrenia has risks to the fetus, as well as the mother.

If you were treated with Risperdal for reasons other than those the drug is meant to treat and faced adverse side effects, you may be eligible for compensation. Call the attorneys at Williams Kherkher to speak with a representative. Our phone number is (800) 220-9341.

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