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By mouth

Risperidone is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or irritability associated with autistic disorder. This medicine should not be used to treat… Read more

Brand names include: Risperdal, Risperdal M-Tab

By injection

Risperidone injection is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic (mental) disorders, such as schizophrenia. It may be used alone or together with other… Read more

Brand names include: Risperdal Consta

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Antipsychotic

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Risperidone in the long‐term treatment for bipolar disorder

No studies involving risperidone were identified which randomly assigned treatment for long‐term relapse prevention. Trials involving random assignment of risperidone and other treatments for long‐term treatment are needed.

Risperidone for ADHD in people with intellectual disabilities

Attention‐deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more common in people with intellectual disability than in the general population.  As in the general population, ADHD adversely affects the ability to learn and is associated with behavioural disturbance, and therefore any intervention to reduce these symptoms is important.

Risperidone for autism spectrum disorder

Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication that has been used for symptom relief and behavioural improvement in autism. This review encompasses three randomised controlled trials and concludes that risperidone may be beneficial for various aspects of autism including irritability, repetition and hyperactivity. However, all studies were relatively small and used different ways to assess effectiveness, making comparisons difficult. In addition, side effects were identified, notably weight gain. Further studies are therefore necessary to determine the long term benefits, if any, compared with the potential risks.

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Summaries for consumers

Risperidone in the long‐term treatment for bipolar disorder

No studies involving risperidone were identified which randomly assigned treatment for long‐term relapse prevention. Trials involving random assignment of risperidone and other treatments for long‐term treatment are needed.

Risperidone for ADHD in people with intellectual disabilities

Attention‐deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is more common in people with intellectual disability than in the general population.  As in the general population, ADHD adversely affects the ability to learn and is associated with behavioural disturbance, and therefore any intervention to reduce these symptoms is important.

Risperidone for autism spectrum disorder

Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication that has been used for symptom relief and behavioural improvement in autism. This review encompasses three randomised controlled trials and concludes that risperidone may be beneficial for various aspects of autism including irritability, repetition and hyperactivity. However, all studies were relatively small and used different ways to assess effectiveness, making comparisons difficult. In addition, side effects were identified, notably weight gain. Further studies are therefore necessary to determine the long term benefits, if any, compared with the potential risks.

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