Medication Monday: Risperidone

Another week brings us another installment of Medication Monday, the weekly series that offers a brief introduction to some of the mental health medications out there. This week we are talking about Risperidone, which is the common name of an antipsychotic medication available to treat certain mood and mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also sometimes called bipolar depression. Risperidone can also help with irritability associated with autistic disorders.

As I mentioned, it belongs to the class of medications known as antipsychotics, a scary name for a class of medication that helps with serious illnesses. This medication, in particular, can offer more clarity of thinking and might allow you to take a more active role and get more enjoyment in your daily life.

Unfortunately, few medications are without side effects, and this medication is no exception. Some of the common side experienced are dizziness, drowsiness, drooling, lightheadedness, nausea, and weight gain. While using this medication, users should get up slowly to reduce the risk of increased dizziness. 

However, as I’ve said before, one’s doctor will have prescribed this medication despite knowing the possible side effects because the medication can help. Those who take this medication do so because the benefits outweigh the possible side effects. That said, if you have any concerns about side effects, you should discuss them fully with your doctor.

Medication Monday is a brief informative introduction to these medications, not a substitute for medical advice. My hope is simply to destigmatize mental health medications while making it possible for individuals considering medication to be a little more educated when talking to their doctor.

So thank you, as always for joining us. Join us again tomorrow for another new post and next Monday for another installment of Medication Monday.

Sources: WebMD-Risperidone, NAMI, Types of Medication – Risperidone.

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