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Risperdal® (risperidone) is a prescription medicine approved for the treatment of several conditions, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability associated with autism. Although most people respond well to the medication, substitutes are available for those who do not see an improvement in their symptoms or develop any side effects. Alternatives to Risperdal include therapy and other medicines.
It is unlikely that therapy alone can replace the need for medication in people who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, numerous studies have found that psychosocial treatments as part of an overall schizophrenia or bipolar disorder treatment plan can be very helpful. Among the many methods available for autism treatment and education of people with autism, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has become widely accepted as an effective treatment.
Many medications can be used as an alternative to Risperdal for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. These medications can include:
- Other atypical antipsychotics
- Older, typical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers (for bipolar disorder).
(Click Risperdal Alternatives for more information about these substitutes for Risperdal, including a more complete list of medications that can be used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.)