Risperdal is a second generation anti-psychotic medication that corrects certain chemical imbalances in the brain and has less side effects than first generation (or typical) anti-psychotic meds. It is most often prescribed for people with dealing with schizophrenia. This mental illness can cause a person to experience delusions, hallucinations, social isolation, hostility, disturbed thoughts, anxiety, guilt, depression, and absence of emotion.
The medication is available in its brand name form, as well through the generic name Risperidone. A valid prescription is required if you want to purchase it. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
It is believed that certain schizophrenic symptoms are related to too much dopamine activity in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood and behavior regulation. It is suspected that Risperdal works by interfering with communication among the nerves in your brain. It is these nerves that can communicate by making and releasing neurotransmitters, including dopamine. By blocking the receptors release of dopamine, some of the symptoms of schizophrenia are reduced so you can now focus better, your memory is improved, and things do not seem as sad or gloomy.
Your doctor may recommend Risperdal if you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder which is generally characterized by alternating phases of extreme happiness and extreme depression. Most often, they develop because of imbalances in the mood- and reasoning-related chemicals of the brain. Risperdal will help by correcting the imbalances of the neurotransmitters in your brain to calm your moods and allow you to carry on with day to day tasks. Risperdal may also be prescribed to treat symptoms of irritability in autistic children between the ages of five and sixteen.
It is important for your doctor to access your complete medical record before you start taking Risperdal. In particular, they should know whether you have a history of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, or liver/kidney disease and a list of all OTC and Rx drugs, herbal remedies and vitamin supplements you take or use. Certain medications can interfere with the efficacy of Risperdal or generic Risperidone.
Risperdal is not meant for symptoms related to dementia, and may lead to dangerous complications in older adults with dementia. Until you know how Risperdal will affect you, avoid participating in any activities that may be considered unsafe. Keep Risperdal out of children’s reach and never share your medications with anyone else.