Compare Clozaril vs. Risperdal

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Clozaril (Clozapine)

Prescription only

Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and actions.

Clozaril (Clozapine) treats schizophrenia when other drugs haven't worked, but you'll have to get blood work done regularly and might gain weight.

Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Risperdal (risperidone) is an effective medication in treating schizophrenia, mania, and irritability associated with autism; however, amongst other newer medications in its class, it's more likely to cause side effects, such weight gain and hormone problems.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 45 reviewsforRisperdal
Upsides
  • Clinical studies show that Clozaril (Clozapine) is effective in treating schizophrenia when other medications have failed.
  • Has the lowest risk of causing movement problems when compared to other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Clozaril (Clozapine) is available as a normal tablet and as a mint-flavored tablet that dissolves on the tongue without water.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. It also lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, Risperdal (risperidone) causes less sedation and weight gain.
  • A generic version available for pill, dissolving tablet, and liquid formulations.
Downsides
  • You need to get blood work done every time you can get a prescription filled for Clozaril (Clozapine).
  • You can only get Clozaril (Clozapine) at certain pharmacies that are registered to provide it.
  • If you don't get Clozaril (Clozapine) within 7 days of it being ready at the pharmacy, then you have to get blood work done again and get a new prescription from your doctor.
  • You need to limit the amount of alcohol you drink while on Clozaril (Clozapine).
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) - movement disorders that cause stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • People taking Risperdal (risperidone) might have weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, this medication has a higher risk of hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Risperdal (risperidone) takes 4 to 6 weeks for its full effects on thoughts and mood.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Side effects
33possible side effects
  • Drowsiness/Sedation
    39%
  • Salivation
    31%
  • Tachycardia
    25%
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
    19%
  • Constipation
    14%
  • Hypotension
    9%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Syncope
    6%
  • Sweating
    6%
  • Dry Mouth
    6%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Visual Disturbances
    5%
  • Fever
    5%
  • Disturbed Sleep/Nightmares
    4%
  • Restlessness
    4%
  • Hypokinesia/Akinesia
    4%
  • Agitation
    4%
  • Hypertension
    4%
  • Abdominal Discomfort/Heartburn
    4%
  • Weight Gain
    4%
  • Seizures (convulsions)
    3%
  • Rigidity
    3%
  • Akathisia
    3%
  • Confusion
    3%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    3%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Leukopenia/Decreased WBC/Neutropenia
    3%
  • Fatigue
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Urinary Abnormalities
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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23possible side effects
  • Sedation
    63%
  • Increased appetite
    44%
  • Fatigue
    31%
  • Vomiting
    20%
  • Common cold
    19%
  • Constipation
    17%
  • Cough
    17%
  • Fever
    16%
  • Involuntary urination
    16%
  • Drooling
    12%
  • Headache
    12%
  • Hay fever
    12%
  • Dry mouth
    10%
  • Nasal congestion
    10%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    8%
  • Weight gain
    8%
  • Tremor
    8%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Movement disorder
    8%
  • Rash
    8%
  • Increased saliva
    7%
  • Thirst
    7%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Fewer white blood cells
  • Low blood pressure | Slow heartbeat | Fainting
    • Dehydration
    • Taking blood pressure medications
  • Seizures
    • Seizure disorder
    • Alcohol abuse
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
  • Increased risk of death
    • Over 65 and having dementia
  • Weight gain
  • Increased blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Increased cholesterol
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)
  • Tardive dyskinesia
  • Return of schizophrenic symptoms
    • Stopping Clozaril (Clozapine) suddenly
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  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
    • High doses of Risperdal (risperidone)
  • Higher blood sugar and cholesterol and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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