Are There Any Alternatives?There are several alternatives to Risperdal for the treatment of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or irritability due to autism. Other atypical antipsychotic medications include:
- Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
- Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
- Paliperidone (Invega®)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel®)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon®).
Older, "typical" antipsychotics, such as haloperidol (Haldol®) and thioridazine (Mellaril®), are also approved to treat schizophrenia.
Mood stabilizer bipolar medications that can serve as alternatives for treating bipolar disorder include:
- Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro™, Tegretol®, Tegretol XR®)
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®, Depakote ER®)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
- Lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®)
- Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®)
- Topiramate (Topamax®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®).
Not all of the medications listed here are approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or autism. However, they are commonly used "off-label" for this use. In fact, Risperdal is the only medication approved to treat irritability due to autism.
(Click Risperdal Alternatives for more information, including non-medication alternatives.)