Risperdal is the brand name of risperidone, a drug sometimes prescribed by mental health professionals for the treatment of schizophrenia and some problems associated with bipolar disorder. It falls within a class of drugs called “antipsychotics,” and may be taken by mouth (orally) or injection.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), resperidone “rebalances dopamine and serotonin to improve thinking, mood, and behavior.”

If Risperdal has been prescribed for you or a loved one, you’ll want to be fully informed about what the drug does, potential side effects, any other drugs you may be taking that will interact badly with Risperdal, and any warnings related to the drug. 

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