Risperdal for Bipolar Disorder
Risperdal® (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication commonly used for the treatment of schizophrenia and irritability associated with autism. Healthcare providers may also prescribe it for bipolar disorder.
Previous clinical studies have shown Risperdal to be effective at treating bipolar disorder. In these studies, the medication was effective at treating episodes of mania or mixed episodes (which involve symptoms of both mania and depression). It was effective when used alone or in combination with other bipolar disorder medications. Risperdal is not a cure for bipolar disorder.
Although it is not entirely known how Risperdal works for the treatment of this condition, the drug is known to block or lessen the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).
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