Effects of RisperdalIn previous clinical studies of Risperdal for the treatment of schizophrenia, people taking the drug experienced improvements in their symptoms of schizophrenia (including hallucinations and suspiciousness), compared to those not taking it. Longer studies also showed that Risperdal can help keep symptoms from returning.
Previous clinical studies have also 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.
Several studies have shown Risperdal to also be effective at treating the emotional symptoms of autism. Children taking the drug experienced fewer behavior problems, including aggression, self-harm, temper tantrums, and quickly changing moods. Longer studies also showed that it can help keep these symptoms from returning.
When and How to Take ItThe following are some general considerations for when and how to take Risperdal:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- Risperdal can be taken with or without food. If the medication 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 it. These tablets will dissolve rapidly in your mouth, without any need for water. They should not be chewed, split, or crushed.
- The medication should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For Risperdal to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.