Can risperidone improve thinking?

Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication that is primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. While it is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of cognitive impairment or to improve thinking, there is some evidence to suggest that it may have some cognitive benefits in certain cases.

Some studies have found that risperidone may improve cognitive function in people with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. For example, a systematic review published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that risperidone was associated with improvements in attention, executive function, and working memory in people with schizophrenia.

However, it is important to note that the evidence for the cognitive benefits of risperidone is mixed, and the medication may also cause side effects that can affect cognitive function. For example, some people may experience drowsiness or slowed thinking as a side effect of risperidone.

Ultimately, whether risperidone can improve thinking will depend on the individual and their specific symptoms. Anyone considering taking risperidone for cognitive impairment or other reasons should speak with their healthcare provider about the potential risks and benefits.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as: