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Risperdal® (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic drug licensed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It comes in tablet form and is available by prescription only. Risperdal tablets are available in numerous strengths, ranging from 0.25 mg to 4 mg.
The recommended starting Risperdal dose for treating schizophrenia in adults is either 1 mg twice daily or 2 mg once daily. If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to 16 mg total per day (which can be taken as four, 4 mg Risperdal tablets).
The usual starting dosage for bipolar disorder in adults is Risperdal 2 mg to 3 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may increase your dose up to a maximum of 6 mg once daily if necessary. Elderly people, or those with liver or kidney disease, should be started at a lower dose.
Risperdal dosing for the treatment of autism is determined by the child's weight. For children weighing less than 44 pounds, the recommended starting dose is 0.25 mg once daily (or half of a 0.25 mg tablet twice daily). For children weighting 44 pounds or over, the recommended starting dose is 0.5 mg once daily (or 0.25 mg twice daily).
(Click Risperdal Dosage for information on how Risperdal dosing works for children, to find out what factors your healthcare provider will consider before making a dosage recommendation, and for tips on using this medication.)