Rarely and only when absolutely needed, this medicine may be used with the following medicines even if using them together may put you at risk of certain side effects.
In such cases, you may have to take the adjusted dose or change the frequency of intake.
Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions. Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.
Inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions, including:
Adults: Starting with 2 mg once a day, your doses may be modified if needed. The maximum daily is 16 mg.
Older adults: Starting with 0.5 mg twice a day, your doses may be modified if needed. The maximum daily dose is 6 mg.
Children 13 to 17 years: Starting with 0.5 mg once a day, your doses may be modified if needed. The maximum daily dose is 6 mg.
Children below 13 years: Your doctor will decide the use and dose.
Missed Dose: Take your missed dose once you remember but avoid it if it’s time to take your next dose, and follow your normal dosing schedule. Avoid taking double doses to make up for the missed dose.
Store in a closed container at room temperature.
Keep away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Do not freeze.
Keep away from children.
Discard any unused or expired medicines.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Risperdal, there are some precautions you must take. Your progress should be regularly monitored to determine if you are responding to the treatment or dose adjustment is required.
Do not discontinue risperidone abruptly. Your doctor can recommend tapering the doses instead.
Consult your doctor before taking if you need to have alcohol or other CNS depressants such as allergy and cold medicines, sleeping pills, narcotic pain relievers, or anesthetics while you are taking risperidone.
Call your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you:
Develop symptoms of a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndromes (NMS), such as seizures, trouble breathing, incontinence, rapid heartbeat, stiff muscles, excessive tiredness and abnormally high or low blood pressure.
Develop symptoms of a serious condition, tardive dyskinesia, such as rapid and involuntary movements of the limbs, tongue, and lips.
Suspect you have acquired an infection or have symptoms of infection, such as fever or chills, cough, pain in lower back or side, or urinary problems.
Experience worsening of depression, or have thoughts of harming self or others.
Experience increased thirst or urination, indicating elevated blood sugar levels. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, get your blood sugar checked on a regular basis.
Inform the concerned doctor about your intake of risperidone before any medical tests. You may feel dizzy when changing your position suddenly. Take care not to faint.
Take special care while driving, using machines or doing any activities that require alertness. It can affect the way your body cools down during exposure to high temperatures. Contact your doctor if you feel too hot. Measure your weight regularly to determine weight changes.
Call your doctor if you develop signs of elevated prolactin blood levels, such as swollen and tender breasts, inappropriate breast milk production, absent or irregular menstrual cycles, decreased sex drive or performance, and impotence.
Consult your doctor before taking any prescription or nonprescription medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.
5 Potential Side Effects
Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Risperdal to avoid unwanted potential side effects.
Consult your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects:
Pain in the joint or around the eyes and cheekbones
Skin color changes
Uncontrolled body movements
The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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