Risperidone oral solution
What is this medicine?
RISPERIDONE (ris PER i done) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and some symptoms of autism.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use the specially marked dropper in the bottle to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your dose alone or mix your dose with low-fat milk, orange juice, water, or coffee just before taking. Do NOT mix the solution with cola, carbonated beverages, or tea. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 5 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
aching muscles and joints
fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
fever or chills, sore throat
increased hunger or thirst
loss of balance, difficulty walking or falls
stiffness, spasms, trembling
uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
decreased sexual ability
drowsiness or dizziness
increase or decrease in saliva
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain antibiotics like clarithromycin, gatifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, pentamidine, rifampin
certain medicines for blood pressure
certain medicines for cancer
certain medicines for irregular heart beat
certain medications for Parkinson's disease like levodopa
certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine
certain medicines for sleep or sedation
narcotic medicines for pain
other medicines for mental anxiety, depression, or psychotic disturbances
other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 to 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Protect from light and do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood disorder or disease
diabetes or a family history of diabetes
heart disease or previous heart attack
history of brain tumor or head injury
history of breast cancer
irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure
kidney or liver disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to risperidone, paliperidone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Only stop taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks. You can get a hangover effect the morning after a bedtime dose.
Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice, some nonprescription medicines may increase possible side effects.
This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.
July 17, 2018