Helps control your thoughts and mood. Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems. Helps you relax. Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.53 Risperdal
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More Ativan side effects » How it works Risperdal Ativan Risperdal (Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood. Ativan (lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects areas of the brain that help calm you down. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness. Type of medication Risperdal Ativan Prescription only Prescription only Available as Risperdal Ativan Pill Dissolving tablet Liquid Injection Used for Risperdal Ativan Risk factors for serious side effects Risperdal Ativan › Elderly patients with dementia › History of heart problems › Drug interactions › People with diabetes › People with high cholesterol Detailed Risperdal (risperidone) risks & warnings » › Taking with opioids › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks › History of drug abuse › Long-term use Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings »
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Risperdal Ativan No interactions related info. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol Risperdal Ativan No alcohol related info. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
Food Risperdal Ativan › Risperdal (Risperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk. No food related info.
Sleep Risperdal Ativan › Can cause dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
Weight Risperdal Ativan › Risperdal (Risperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk. › May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar. › Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics. No weight related info. Upsides and benefits Risperdal Ativan › Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior. › Lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism. › Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective. › Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics. › Effective at relieving short-term anxiety. › Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in. › Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications. Downsides and risks Risperdal Ativan › Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements. › Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics. › Compared to other antipsychotics, higher risk of hormone problems that 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. › All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate. › Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion. › Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse. › Compared to other similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop. › Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) gets less effective over time. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Risperdal Ativan › Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood. › Can cause dizziness and drowsiness. › For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert. › May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar. › Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor. › Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it. › Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness. › Take only as much as your doctor prescribes. Taking more than directed or taking this for a long time can cause you to become dependent on it. › Not safe to use with alcohol. › Use caution or avoid use in older adults. Learn more More about Risperdal Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Ativan Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert