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:
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:
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.)
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