Risperdal Dosage

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For children weighing less than 44 pounds, the recommended starting dose is Risperdal 0.25 mg once daily (or half of a Risperdal 0.25 mg tablet twice daily). For children weighting 44 pounds or over, the recommended starting dose is Risperdal 0.5 mg once daily (or Risperdal 0.25 mg twice daily). After a minimum of four days, your healthcare provider may increase the dose up to Risperdal 0.5 mg once daily (or Risperdal 0.25 mg twice daily) for children weighing less than 44 pounds. For children weighing 44 pounds or more, the dose can be increased up to Risperdal 1 mg once daily (or Risperdal 0.5 mg twice daily).

General Risperdal Dosage Information

Some considerations for people taking Risperdal include:
  • Risperdal comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
  • Risperdal can be taken with or without food. If Risperdal bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Risperdal also comes in a liquid form and in orally disintegrating tablets that dissolve rapidly in the mouth (Risperdal M-Tabs®). These products are helpful for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets. A long-acting injectable form (Risperdal Consta®) is also available.
  • Risperdal M-Tabs should be kept in their original foil blister until just before use. Carefully peel back the foil, as pushing the tablet through the foil can crush the delicate tablet. These tablets will dissolve rapidly in your mouth, without any need for water. These tablets should not be chewed, split, or crushed.
  • Risperdal should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
  • For Risperdal to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Risperdal will not work if you stop taking it.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Risperdal dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking Risperdal without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Risperdal Withdrawal).
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