Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and irritability associated with autism. It works by altering the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, which can help to reduce symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and aggression.
Can effectively reduce symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism-associated irritability
Can be used as both short-term and long-term treatment
Has a lower risk of causing side effects such as movement disorders (compared to traditional antipsychotic medication)
Common side effects include drowsiness, constipation, and weight gain
Can cause an increase in blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Can cause movement disorders, such as tardive dyskinesia, in rare cases
Can lead to an increased risk of death in elderly people with dementia-related psychosis