risperidone disintegrating tablet - oral, Risperdal M (cont.)
USES: Risperidone is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autistic disorder). This medication can help you to think clearly and take part in everyday life.Risperidone belongs to a class of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used in combination with other medication to treat depression.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice daily.This medication comes in a blister pack. Do not remove the tablet from the packaging until you are ready to take it. With dry hands, peel back the foil on the blister pack to carefully remove the tablet. Do not try to push the tablet through the foil because doing so can damage the tablet. Place the tablet on your tongue immediately and allow it to dissolve on your tongue. Do not split or chew the tablet. After the tablet has melted on the tongue, it can be swallowed with or without water.The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, response to treatment, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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