In order to help minimize risks, it is important to learn about the effects, warnings, and potential side effects of Risperdal.
Clinical studies have shown Risperdal to be effective for improving symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Longer studies also showed that the drug can help keep symptoms from returning. Children with autism taking Risperdal experienced fewer behavior problems. However, Risperdal is not a cure for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or autism.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Risperdal. In most cases, side effects of the drug are minor and either do not require treatment or can be treated easily. Some of the common side effects that have been reported with this medicine include increased appetite, drowsiness, and insomnia.
In order to help ensure safe treatment with Risperdal, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using the medicine if you have:
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