What is this medicine?
RISPERIDONE (ris PER i done) is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
aching muscles and joints
fast or irregular heartbeat
feeling faint, lightheaded, falls
fever or chills, sore throat
increased thirst or hunger
lower belly pain
problems with balance, walking
stiffness, spasms, trembling
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
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
medicines for sleep or sedation
other medicines for mental anxiety, depression or psychotic disturbances
prescription pain medications
What if I miss a dose?
Try to keep any appointments for your injections. Usually, this medicine is given every 2 weeks. Contact your health care provider for instructions if you miss an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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
an unusual or allergic reaction to risperidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice, some nonprescription medicines may increase possible side effects.
This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.