Anxiety Medication Overview of Risperidone

Risperidone is the generic name of an atypical antipsychotic that is sometimes prescribed off-label to treat anxiety and anxiety disorders. It is sold generically and under the brand name Risperdal and is approved by the FDA to treat schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, manic or mixed episodes of bipolar disorder, and irritability in autistic children.

Risperidone is available as a tablet, oral liquid, injection, or wafer. The tablet or pill form is generally prescribed when risperidone is used to treat anxiety. At least one research study has found that low doses of the medication are effective in treating anxiety, specifically treatment-resistant generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Risperidone also appears to be effective for some people with treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but only when taken in combination with an SSRI.

Risperidone and other atypical antipsychotics can have sometimes serious side effects, including weight gain and metabolic problems, but they are generally less pronounced at lower doses of the medication. Atypical antipsychotics block dopamine receptors in the brain, but risperidone additionally has stronger blocking action for serotonin receptors.

Photo: Pexels

Anxiety Support Groups

More Articles

Anxiety palpitations may be felt accompanying emotions such as excitement, stress, anxiety or fright. Normally a person is not aware of the...

Anxiety control or fear of losing control may happen during a panic attack you might think you were having a heart attack or some other...

The antidepressant Effexor, a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), was first introduced in 1993 and is approved for the treatment...

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, your doctor may have prescribed anxiety medication to help relieve your anxiety, but strong prescription...

Making choices can be anxiety provoking, especially if our ideas about the decision are riddled with judgments.

Getting rid of self-...

More Articles

According to new research by investigators from Michigan State University, people who are chronic or habitual worriers are at a higher risk for...

The terms panic attack and anxiety attack are used interchangeably by most people, but are panic and anxiety really the same thing?

Panic...

The adrenal glands, located above the kidneys, produce a variety of essential hormones. When these glands don't produce enough of one or more of...

Why is Celexa prescribed?

Celxa or Citalopram, is used to treat depression. Citalopram is in a class of antidepressants (mood elevators)...

In many cases, a mental disorder can be just as disabling as a physical one. That seems to be the case with Los Angeles Dodger Hong-Chih Kuo, who...

Acupuncture, a procedure that originated thousands of years ago in China, is becoming an increasingly common choice for treating anxiety and...

A team of neuroscientists from the New School for Social Research in New York has announced that not only are the areas of the brain responsible...

This article was written for Living With Anxiety by Sam Kaplan, a student at Colby College. This is his story of life with a panic disorder....

Royce White has never been one to let obstacles get in the way of his dreams. An inspiring young man and stellar athlete, White was drafted by the...

The essential amino acid tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate a number of important brain functions....

Our bodies cannot function without the mineral magnesium, and that includes the proper working of neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain....

Norpramin is a tricyclic antidepressant that is approved by the FDA to treat depression and also prescribed off-label for the treatment of some...

How should this medicine be used?

Paxil or Paroxetine comes as a tablet, suspension, and controlled-release (long-acting) tablet to...

Getting around town during peak traffic hours can bring stress to even the most relaxed of us, but what if just getting in your car is enough to...

Social Anxiety Disorder, sometimes called Social Phobia or SAD, involves anxiety and an overwhelming constant self-consciousness in everyday...