Risperdal Side Effects
Risperdal | risperidone side effects and adverse reactions include:
- Muscle stiffness
- Fast or irregular pulse
- Unusual movements of your face or body that you cannot control
- Slow movements or shuffling walk
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Painful erection of the penis that lasts for hours
These can be signs of a serious adverse reaction. If you or a loved one have experienced any serious side effects while taking Risperdal, speak to your doctor and report your experiences
. Doing so can benefit others and prevent potentially life-threatening complications.
Warnings & Recalls for Risperdal
On June 6, 2011 FDA notified healthcare professionals and the public of medication error reports in which patients were given risperidone (Risperdal) instead of ropinirole (Requip) and vice versa. In some cases, patients who took the wrong medication needed to be hospitalized. The FDA determined that the factors contributing to the confusion between the two products include:
- Similarities of both the brand and generic names
- Similarities of the container labels and carton packaging
- Overlapping product characteristics, such as the drug strengths, dosage forms, and dosing intervals.
Patients should also be aware that studies have shown that older adults with dementia who take antipsychotics such as Risperdal have an increased risk of death during treatment. Older adults with dementia may also have a greater chance of having a stroke or mini-stroke during treatment.
Risperdal Treatment and Use
Risperdal | risperidone is in a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. It works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain.
According to PubMed Health, Risperdal | risperidone is used to treat the symptoms of:
- Schizophrenia in adults and teenagers 13 years of age and older
- Causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions
- Bipolar disorder in adults, teenagers and children 10 years of age and older
- Also known as manic depressive disorder
- Causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods
- Frenzied, abnormally excited, or irritated mood
- Mixed episodes
- Symptoms of mania and depression that happen together
- Behavior problems in teenagers and children 5-16 years of age who have autism
- Causes repetitive behavior, difficulty interacting with others, and problems with communication
- Sudden mood changes
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Posted on Mar 8, 2012