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Risperidone 3mg Tablets – Generic Risperdal

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Risperidone are an atypical antipsychotic. It may increase
the risk of death when used to treat mental problems caused by dementia in
elderly patients. Most of the deaths were linked to heart problems or infection.
Risperidone are not approved to treat mental problems caused by dementia.

Risperidone are used for:

Treating schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is used to
treat irritability caused by autistic disorder. It may also be used for other
conditions as determined by your doctor.

Risperidone are an atypical antipsychotic. It works by
affecting certain substances in the brain.

Do NOT use Risperidone if:

  • you are allergic to any
    ingredient in Risperidone

 

Before using Risperidone:

Some medical conditions may interact with Risperidone. Tell
your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any
of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to
    become pregnant, or are breast-feeding

  • if you are taking any
    prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary
    supplement

  • if you have
    allergies
    to medicines, foods, or other substances

  • if you have a history of
    seizures, heart problems (eg, heart failure, slow or irregular heartbeat),
    abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG), heart attack, stroke, blood vessel
    problems, high or low blood pressure, or low white blood cell levels

  • if you have a history of kidney
    or liver problems, stomach
    or bowel problems (eg, narrowing, blockage), neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    (NMS), suicidal thoughts or attempts, or alcohol abuse or dependence

  • if you have diabetes or are very
    overweight, or if a family member has had diabetes

  • if you have Alzheimer disease,
    dementia, Parkinson disease, or esophagus problems (eg, trouble swallowing)

  • if you have had high blood
    prolactin levels or a history of certain types of cancer (eg, breast,
    pancreas, pituitary, brain), or if you are at risk for breast cancer

  • if you are dehydrated, drink
    alcohol, or will be exposed to very high or very low temperatures

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Risperidone. Tell your
health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of
the following:

  • Alpha-blockers (eg, doxazosin) or
    medicine for high
    blood pressure
    because the risk of low blood pressure and
    fainting may be increased

  • Anticholinergics (eg,
    scopolamine) because the risk of overheating may be increased

  • Tramadol because the risk of
    seizures may be increased

  • Clozapine or selective serotonin
    reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (eg, fluoxetine, paroxetine) because they may
    increase the risk of Risperidone’s side effects

  • Carbamazepine, phenobarbital,
    phenytoin, or rifampin because they may decrease Risperidone’s effectiveness

  • Dopamine receptor agonists (eg,
    pramipexole) or levodopa because their effectiveness may be decreased by
    Risperidone

 

How to use Risperidone:

Use Risperidone as directed by your doctor. Check the label
on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Risperidone by mouth
    with or without food.

  • Take Risperidone on a regular
    schedule to get the most benefit from it. Taking Risperidone at the same
    time each day will help you remember to take it.

  • Continue to take Risperidone even
    if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.

  • If you miss a dose of Risperidone,
    take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip
    the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2
    doses at once.

 

Important safety information:

  • Risperidone may cause drowsiness,
    dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if
    you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Risperidone with caution.
    Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you
    react to it.

  • Do not drink alcohol while you
    are taking Risperidone.

  • Check with your doctor before
    taking medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers)
    while you are using Risperidone; it may add to their effects. Ask your
    pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.

  • Risperidone may cause dizziness,
    lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may
    increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially
    in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects.

  • Do not become overheated in hot
    weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur.

  • Patients who have bipolar
    (manic-depressive) illness, or if their family members have had it, may be
    at increased risk for suicidal thoughts or actions. Watch patients who take
    Risperidone closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden
    symptoms such as anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; depressed mood;
    panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the
    doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur.

  • Risperidone may raise your blood
    sugar. High blood sugar may make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. It
    can also make you flush, breathe faster, or have a fruit-like breath odor.
    If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away.

  • Diabetes patients – Check blood
    sugar levels closely. Ask
    your doctor
    before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.

  • Risperidone may lower the ability
    of your body
    to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections.
    Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat,
    rash, or chills.

  • NMS is a possibly fatal syndrome
    that can be caused by Risperidone. Symptoms may include fever; stiff
    muscles; confusion; abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat; or
    sweating. Contact your doctor at once if you have any of these symptoms.

  • Some patients who take
    Risperidone may develop muscle movements that they cannot control. This is
    more likely to happen in elderly patients, especially women. The chance that
    this will happen or that it will become permanent is greater in those who
    take Risperidone in higher doses or for a long time. Muscle problems may
    also occur after short-term treatment with low doses. Tell your doctor at
    once if you have muscle problems with your arms; legs; or your tongue, face,
    mouth, or jaw (eg, tongue sticking out, puffing of cheeks, mouth puckering,
    chewing movements) while taking Risperidone.

  • Risperidone may increase the
    amount of a certain hormone (prolactin) in your blood. Symptoms may include
    enlarged breasts, missed menstrual period, decreased sexual ability, or
    nipple discharge. Contact your doctor right away if you experience any of
    these symptoms.

  • Risperidone may rarely cause a
    prolonged, painful erection. This could happen even when you are not having
    sex. If this is not treated right away, it could lead to permanent sexual
    problems such as impotence. Contact your doctor right away if this happens.

  • Lab tests, including fasting
    blood glucose and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use
    Risperidone. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for
    side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.

  • Use Risperidone with caution in
    the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness
    when standing or uncontrolled muscles movements.

  • Risperidone should be used with
    extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 5 years old; safety and
    effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If
    you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the
    benefits and risks of using Risperidone while you are pregnant. Risperidone
    are found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Risperidone.

Possible side effects of Risperidone:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have
no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any
of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Anxiety; constipation; cough; diarrhea; dizziness;
drowsiness; dry mouth; fatigue; headache; increased appetite; increased saliva
production; indigestion; lightheadedness; nausea; restlessness; runny nose; stomach
pain
or upset; trouble sleeping; vomiting; weight gain.

Seek medical
attention
right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic
reactions
(rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or
swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or
tongue; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thoughts; confusion; drooling; fainting;
fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat;
inability to control urination; increased sweating; new or worsening mental or
mood changes (eg, aggression, agitation, depression, severe anxiety);
seizures; severe dizziness; stiff or rigid muscles; suicidal thoughts or
attempts; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst, hunger, or
urination; unusual weakness); tremor; trouble concentrating, speaking, or
swallowing; trouble sitting still; trouble walking or standing; uncontrolled
muscle movements (eg, arm or leg movements, twitching of the face or tongue,
jerking or twisting); unusual bruising; vision changes.

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