Risperidone is a generic antipsychotic medication that is used to treat mood disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to WebMD. It is also prescribed to treat irritability due to autism. When combined with other medications, risperidone also treats depression.
Risperidone alters chemical interactions in the brain. The medication controls symptoms but does not cure the underlying condition.
It is an oral medicine that comes in liquid or tablet form and sometimes requires several weeks to be fully effective, states MedlinePlus. Patients take it once or twice a day as directed by their physicians, notes WebMD. Initial doses are sometimes low, and doctors gradually increase the dosage until the patient is taking the optimal amount.