Compare Seroquel vs. Risperdal

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

Seroquel (quetiapine)

Prescription only

Risperdal (risperidone)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Seroquel (quetiapine) is a effective at treating schizophrenia, mania, and depression but it can cause weight gain and high blood glucose levels.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 250 reviewsforSeroquel
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
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) has fewer side effects than most antipsychotic medications.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is less likely to cause heart problems compared to some other antipsychotics.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is also the least likely to cause Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) – a movement disorder that causes stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • 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
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) has a moderate to high risk of weight gain, elevated cholesterol and/or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how Seroquel (quetiapine) is affecting your body.
  • 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
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
250 reviews so far
56%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
27%
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45 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
47%
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Side effects
36possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    34%
  • Dry mouth
    19%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Weakness
    10%
  • Constipation
    10%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Tremor
    8%
  • Stomach pain
    7%
  • Low blood pressure
    7%
  • Agitation
    6%
  • Weight gain
    6%
  • Sore throat
    6%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Stiffness/difficulty moving
    4%
  • Hay fever
    4%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    4%
  • Twitching
    4%
  • Indigestion
    4%
  • Depression
    3%
  • Lazy eye
    3%
  • Speech disorder
    3%
  • Altered hormone levels
    3%
  • Heaviness
    2%
  • Infection
    2%
  • Fever
    2%
  • High blood pressure
    2%
  • Increased heart rate
    2%
  • Increased appetite
    2%
  • Hypothyroidism
    2%
  • Incoordination
    2%
  • Abnormal thinking
    2%
  • Anxiety
    2%
  • Loss of control of movements
    2%
  • Sinus infection
    2%
  • Sweating
    2%
  • Urinary Tract Infection
    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
  • Higher risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Children, adolescents, and young adults (<24 years old)
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS)
  • Metabolic changes (increased blood sugar, high cholesterol and weight gain)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
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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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