Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Risperdal?
Drinking alcohol while taking Risperdal®
) is generally not recommended. Combining Risperdal and alcohol can increase the chance and severity of several Risperdal side effects
. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended to avoid alcohol.
Risperdal and Alcohol Side Effects
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Risperdal side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure
(when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Risperdal. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking in the past.
Risperdal is approved to treat schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder
. Generally, it is best for people with these mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illnesses and is often a form of "self-medication."
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Risperdal and Alcohol
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Risperdal, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Risperdal and alcohol for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.