What Is Risperdal Used For?

Risperdal® (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is used for treating bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and irritability associated with autism.
Risperdal for Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Risperdal can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. It also helps to prevent relapses (worsening of schizophrenia). However, Risperdal is not a cure for schizophrenia.
Risperdal for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Risperdal is approved to treat acute episodes of mania or mixed episodes (which involve symptoms of both mania and depression). Risperdal can be used alone or with other bipolar disorder medications and is not approved for the long-term treatment of bipolar disorder.
Risperdal for Autism
Autism is a brain disorder that typically affects a person's ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the external world. The disorder becomes apparent in children generally by the age of three. Risperdal cannot cure autism, but it can help with some of the behavior problems associated with the condition.
(Click Risperdal Uses for more information on what this drug is used for, to learn about Risperdal's possible off-label uses, and to find out if this drug is approved for use in children.)
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