Who shouldn’t take risperidone?

Risperidone is an antipsychotic medication that is primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. While it can be effective for many people, there are some individuals who should not take risperidone or who should take it with caution. Here are some examples:

  1. Allergic reaction: Anyone who has had an allergic reaction to risperidone or any of its components should not take this medication.
  2. Dementia-related psychosis: Risperidone is not approved by the FDA for use in treating dementia-related psychosis, and its use in this population has been associated with an increased risk of death.
  3. Parkinson’s disease: Risperidone can worsen symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including tremors and rigidity.
  4. Cardiovascular disease: Risperidone can cause changes in heart rhythm, and should be used with caution in people with a history of cardiovascular disease.
  5. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Risperidone may be associated with an increased risk of birth defects and should be used with caution during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  6. Older adults: Risperidone can cause movement disorders and other side effects in older adults, and should be used with caution in this population.

Overall, anyone considering taking risperidone should speak with their healthcare provider about their medical history and any potential risks or contraindications associated with the medication.

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: