An Introduction to Risperdal Overdose
) is a medication that is used to treat schizophrenia
, bipolar disorder
, and irritability due to autism
. As with all medicines, it is possible for a person to overdose on Risperdal. The specific effects of a Risperdal overdose will vary depending on a number of factors, including how much Risperdal was taken and whether it was taken with any other medicines, drugs, and/or alcohol.
Symptoms of a Risperdal Overdose
If a person overdoses on Risperdal, the symptoms can vary. Some commonly reported symptoms of a Risperdal overdose include:
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Shakiness, uncontrollable muscle contractions, or other unusual body movements
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Loss of life.
Treatment for a Risperdal Overdose
The treatment for a Risperdal overdose will vary. If the Risperdal overdose was recent, the healthcare provider may use certain medicines or place a tube into the stomach to "pump the stomach." However, once Risperdal has been absorbed into the body, there is no treatment that can remove it quickly. Therefore, in these cases, treatment involves supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the overdose. For example, supportive treatment options may include:
- Fluids through an intravenous line (IV)
- Arrhythmia medications or medications for other complications
- Other treatments based on the complications that occur.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on Risperdal.