Risperdal® (risperidone) is a prescription medicine known as an atypical antipsychotic. It is approved for treating several different conditions. Indications for Risperdal include the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autism.
Risperdal can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia and prevent relapses (worsening of schizophrenia). It has also been shown to be effective for treating acute episodes of mania or mixed episodes in people with bipolar disorder. Risperdal cannot cure autism, but it can help with some of the behavior problems associated with the condition.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Risperdal for something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Some examples of off-label uses include the treatment of:
- Behavior problems in elderly people with dementia
- Other behavior problems
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Psychotic depression (depression with psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions).
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