Risperdal® (risperidone) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and behavior problems associated with autism. Before you start taking Risperdal, risks associated with the medication should be reviewed with your healthcare provider.
A number of side effects have been reported with Risperdal. In clinical studies, the most common side effects that were seen with the medicine included upper respiratory tract infections, drowsiness, and an increased appetite. Some of the potentially serious side effects of Risperdal that require immediate medical attention include rapid or excessive weight gain, suicidal thoughts, dizziness or fainting, and uncontrollable muscle contractions.
In order to help minimize risks while taking Risperdal, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before starting the drug if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, epilepsy, or Alzheimer's disease (or other forms of dementia). You should also tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are currently taking.
(Click Risperdal Side Effects and Risperdal Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks with Risperdal and for information on who should not use this medication.)