RISPERIDONE (ris PER i done) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and some symptoms of autism.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood disorder or disease
diabetes or a family history of diabetes
heart disease or previous heart attack
history of brain tumor or head injury
history of breast cancer
irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure
kidney or liver disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to risperidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Peel back the foil to expose the tablet. Do not push the tablet through the foil because this could damage the tablet. After removing the tablet from the package, the tablet should be taken immediately. It cannot be stored once it is removed from the package. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Place the tablet on the tongue and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. Do not split or chew the tablet. While you may take these tablets with water, it is not necessary to do so. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for the hormonal treatment of cancer
certain quinolone antibiotics like gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin
levodopa and other medications for Parkinson's disease
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for irregular heartbeats
medicines for seizures (convulsions)
medicines for sleep or sedation
other medicines for mental anxiety, depression or psychotic disturbances
Note: This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have question about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.