Risperdal for Autism

Risperdal® (risperidone) is a prescription antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Healthcare providers may also prescribe it for autism treatment.
Autism is a brain disorder that often results in a lifetime of impaired thinking, feeling, and social functioning. The condition typically affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. The disorder becomes apparent in children generally by the age of three.
There are three distinctive signs of autism, including:
  • Repetitive behaviors or narrow, obsessive interests
  • Difficulties with social interaction
  • Problems with verbal and nonverbal communication.
There is no single best treatment for autism. One point that most professionals agree on is that early treatment for autism is important; another is that most individuals with autism respond well to highly structured, specialized programs. In some cases, autism medications can be helpful.
Risperdal is approved to treat irritability associated with autism. This includes aggression toward other people, deliberate self-harm, temper tantrums, and abruptly changing moods. The medicine is not a cure for autism, but it can help with some of the behavior problems associated with autism.
(Click Risperdal Uses for more information on how autism is treated with Risperdal, to learn about other approved uses of this medication, and to find out if the drug is suitable for children.)
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