Compare Zyprexa vs. Risperdal

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

Zyprexa
(olanzapine)

Risperdal
(risperidone)

Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.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.
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5.09Zyprexa
Reviews for Zyprexa
41%
of people (All ages) say Zyprexa is worth it
51%
say it works well
51%
say it's a big hassle
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Reviews for Risperdal
42%
-1% worse vs. Zyprexa
47%
+4% better vs. Zyprexa
49%
-2% worse vs. Zyprexa
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Side effects
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Personality disorder 4%
  • Weight gain 5%
  • Feeling dizzy/faint when standing up 3%
  • Akathisia (can't sit still) 4%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Weakness 9%
  • Stomach problems 6%
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  • Parkinsonism 16%
  • Sedation 7%
  • Akathisia 6%
  • Tremor 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Dystonia 4%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Salivary hypersecretion 2%
  • Vision blurred 1%
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How it works
ZyprexaRisperdal
Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change chemical activity (like dopamine and serotonin) in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.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.
Type of medication
ZyprexaRisperdal
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Used for
ZyprexaRisperdal
Risk factors for serious side effects
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Zyprexa (olanzapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Risperdal (risperidone) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Food
ZyprexaRisperdal
No food related info.
  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
Sleep
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Weight
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) can also cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • 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.
Upsides and benefits
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
  • 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.
Downsides and risks
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ZyprexaRisperdal
  • Takes at least 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 increased 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 Zyprexa (olanzapine).
  • 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.
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