Common And Rare Side Effects Of Risperdal

Risperdal, often known by its generic name Risperdal, is used to treat several mental and mood disorders helping thereby to think clearly and take active part in everyday life. Though it is used to treat mental problems, it has various side effects which act adversely towards both mental and physical health.

Risperdal belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. The medicine is taken orally and is one of the most frequently prescribed medications worldwide.

However, many have been affected by Risperdal side effects which have often been quite severe.

 

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Risperdal is used to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism-related irritability in children ages 5 to 16
  • Bipolar disorder in those ages 10 and older
  • Dementia in the elderly
  • Depression
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Schizophrenia in teenagers and adults

Side effects of Risperdal:

  • Common side effects of severe results include the following.
  • A feeling of restlessness with inability to sit still
  • Acute infection of the nose, throat or sinus
  • Gynecomastia
  • Extrapyramidal reaction
  • Parkinson symptoms
  • Problems with eyesight

Common side effects with less severe effectiveness include these:

  • Altered interest in sexual intercourse and other sexual problems
  • Altered mental status
  • Blurred vision
  • Change in appetite
  • Chronic trouble sleeping
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth and sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Headache
  • Change in appetite
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Indigestion
  • Inducing of a relaxed easy state
  • Nose inflammation and runny nose
  • Itching
  • Low on energy
  • Abnormal muscle movements
  • Nervous
  • Problems with bladder control
  • Weight gain

Less common side effects with severity are listed below:

  • .Abnormally low blood pressure
  • Discharge of milk in men or women without breastfeeding
  • High blood sugar

Less severe side effects which are not that frequent:

  • Backache
  • State of confusion
  • Excessive fat in the blood
  • Weakness
  • Heart throbbing or pounding
  • Increased prolactin level in blood
  • Joint pain and muscle pain
  • Nosebleed
  • Menstrual problems
  • Seborrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Trouble breathing

Rare side effects with severity

  • Abnormal heart electrical signals
  • Abnormal liver and lung function
  • Abnormal movements of face muscles and tongue
  • Altered consciousness
  • Anemia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Atrioventricular heart block
  • Blocked bowels with decreased peristaltic movement
  • Continued painful erection
  • Decreased blood platelets and WBC
  • Diabetes
  • DRESS syndrome
  • Eyelid twitch
  • Changes in body temperature, pneumonia
  • Giant hives
  • High blood pressure
  • Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome
  • Lack of blood supply to the brain
  • Life threatening allergic reactions
  • Lung embolism
  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
  • Pancreatitis
  • Problems with food passing through the esophagus
  • Prolonged QT interval on EKG
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Seizures
  • Sinus Tachycardia
  • Stroke
  • Swollen Tongue
  • Water retention in body
  • Blood clotting in veins
  • Transient ischemic attack
  • Pituitary gland tumor

These are the side effects of Risperdal by the frequency of occurrence and severity. Any patient who has been suffering from serious side effects of Risperdal including difficulty in swallowing, muscle spasms, tremors, moon changes or signs of infection should immediately contact a doctor. Few of the side effects appear immediately after the use of the medicine, while others may take years to become evident and several others might continue even after the patients stop taking the drug.

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