If you are experiencing bothersome side effects while taking Risperdal or if the medication is not adequately controlling your condition, there are other alternatives. Some alternatives to Risperdal can include therapy and other medications. Although it is unlikely that therapy alone can replace the need for medication in people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, it can be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan.
An Overview of Risperdal AlternativesRisperdal® (risperidone) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat the following conditions:
Risperdal is part of a group of atypical antipsychotics or second-generation antipsychotics. For most people, Risperdal is effective at treating symptoms of these conditions (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms, Symptoms of Schizophrenia, or Autism Symptoms). Most people also tolerate the medication well. However, as with all medicines, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment with Risperdal. Also, in some situations, the medicine may not adequately control a person's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Risperdal for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia treatment, including:
- Other medications.
Therapy as a Risperdal AlternativeIt is unlikely that therapy alone can replace the need for medication in people who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, therapy can be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan. Numerous studies have found that psychosocial treatments as part of an overall schizophrenia treatment plan can be very helpful. This therapy helps patients who are already stabilized on antipsychotic medication deal with certain aspects of schizophrenia, such as difficulty with:
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with others.
As an addition to medication, psychosocial treatments -- including certain forms of psychotherapy (or "talk" therapy) -- are helpful in providing support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder, as well as to their families. Studies have shown that psychosocial interventions can lead to increased mood stability, fewer hospitalizations, and improved functioning in several areas.
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. Applied behavioral methods have been shown to reduce inappropriate behavior and increase communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior.
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