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If you have bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or irritability due to autism, your healthcare provider may prescribe Risperdal® (risperidone). In clinical studies of using the drug for schizophrenia, people taking it experienced improvements in their schizophrenia symptoms (including hallucinations and suspiciousness), compared to those not taking it.
In previous studies, Risperdal was also shown to be effective for bipolar disorder treatment. In these studies, the drug was shown to be effective when used alone or with other bipolar disorder medications. Children with autism who were taking Risperdal experienced fewer behavior problems, including aggression, self-harm, temper tantrums, and quickly changing moods.
The medication comes in tablet form and is generally taken once or twice daily. As with any drug, there are possible side effects with Risperdal, such as insomnia, anxiety, and an increased appetite.
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