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Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug prescribed for people suffering from manic depression (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia, is also given to children who are showing the early symptoms of autism. Although not actually FDA-approved, many doctors are also prescribing Risperdal to their patients who have other conditions that are not listed on the label.

Risperdal comes in various forms: tablets, orally disintegrating tablets, and oral solutions. It is taken by mouth, and depending on the strength, the colors of each tablet vary: dark yellow for .25 mg, red-brown for .50 mg, white for 1mg, orange for 2mg, yellow for 3mg, and green for 4mg. All tablets are shaped as capsules and have the “Janssen” printed on one side, and the strength of dosage on the other side. These tables should be stored on a controlled room temperature away from direct heat, sunlight and moisture.

It is taken with or without food, depending on your doctor’s orders, either once or twice a day. Doses are based on the medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications that are also taken. Just as with any prescriptions, be sure to inform the doctor (and pharmacist) about all the other products, whether they are prescriptions drugs, over-the-counter, and herbal. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter in order to prevent or lower the risks of having side effects: the doctor may prescribe a lower dose and gradually increase it.

Taking the liquid form may require you to use the special measuring device provided; this is so that you have the exact amount of dose, since using a spoon can give you the wrong amount of dosage. If approved and directed, you can mix the treatment with other liquids (such as water, juices, coffee, or low-fat milk: it should not be mixed with cola or tea, however) and drink all the mixture immediately. Putting a mixture of your treatment and liquid aside for future use is not recommended. If you have inquiries and further questions, or if you are experiencing symptoms that seem to disturb you, consult with your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

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