Risperidone is a second generation or atypical antipsychotic medication, used to treat three basic mental illnesses. It is prescribed for schizophrenia, a disease described as splitting away from reality, resulting in hallucinations, strong or inappropriate emotions, bizarre thinking or beliefs, and loss of interest in life. It is used to treat irritability associated with autism, a disorder characterized by withdrawn behavior and difficulty with social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior. It is also therapeutic for bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, in which patients experience inappropriately wide mood swings. How Risperdal works is not yet understood. It is thought to affect dopamine and serotonin, molecules that help brain cells to communicate with one another. The exact mechanism is not fully understood.
Dose of Risperidone
Risperidone is available in tablet, orally disintegrating tablet, and liquid form. Usual dosage is 4 to 8mg per day.
Common side effects:
- Parkinson’s disease (difficulty moving)
- Restlessness and urge to move (akathisia)
- Uncontrolled, repetitive, twisting motions
Cost of Risperidone
The price of generic Risperdal ranges from $1.50 to $39.00 for 30 tablets, strength 1mg, with a coupon. To find the least expensive pharmacy that sells risperidone near you and to download a coupon, click here.
How to Get a Risperidone Prescription?
Risperdal must be prescribed by a physician or other licensed prescriber. Did you know? QuickMD can treat psychiatric conditions remotely by telemedicine and prescribe risperidone online.