Respidol Side Effects


Risperdal is an anti-psychotic medication that is commonly used to treat mental illnesses. There have been some negative side effects associated with the use of this medication.

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Male patients standing in room of psychiatric hospital (Image: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images News/Getty Images)


Risperdal is often used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and has been used in the treatment of irritability in autistic children. This medication is not used for dementia-related mental health issues.

Child suffering from infantile autism reacting
Child suffering from infantile autism reacting (Image: China Photos/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Sensitivity To Temperature

Patients taking Risperdal may be more sensitive to temperature. It is important to avoid extreme temperature conditions while taking this medication. Overheating and dehydration are a potential side effect of Risperdal. Drinking plenty of fluids will help avoid dehydration.

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Man drinking water (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Mental Focus

Risperdal may cause side effects that can impair your thinking or judgment. Avoid tasks that require full alertness such as driving, until you know how you react to this medication. Consuming alcohol while taking Risperdal may increase these effects.

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Woman with confused expression (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Drug Interactions

Some drugs may interact with Risperdal causing unwanted side effects. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take on a regular basis. This includes prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal remedies and vitamin supplements.

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Person looking at prescription bottle (Image: Liquidlibrary/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)


Before taking Risperdal, tell your doctor if you have any drug allergies, history of heart attack, breast cancer, history of stroke, seizures, liver disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, difficulty swallowing, history of suicidal thoughts or diabetes.

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