Risperidone is used to treat some types of mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is sometimes used in dementia, for agitation, restlessness, aggression and hallucinations. It has also been used to help with behaviour in autism.
- It doesn't cure these conditions but is used to help ease the symptoms and help you on your recovery path.
- It can help improve symptoms such as mania with bipolar disorder, the experience of hearing voices (hallucinations), ideas that distress you and don't seem to be based in reality (delusions), and difficulty in thinking clearly (thought disorder).
- Risperidone belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. Read more about antipsychotic medicines and how they work.