Are Risperdal and Zyprexa the Same Thing?
Risperdal is also used to treat autism.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Risperdal?
Common side effects of Risperdal include:
- extrapyramidal effects (sudden, often jerky, involuntary motions of the head, neck, arms, body, or eyes),
- weight gain,
- feeling hot or cold,
- dry mouth,
- increased appetite,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- stomach pain,
- sore throat,
- runny or stuffy nose,
- or skin rash.
Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Risperdal including difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, shaking (tremor), mental/mood changes, or signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat).
What Are Possible Side Effects of Zyprexa?
Common side effects of Zyprexa include:
- akathisia (an inability to sit still),
- weight gain (more likely in teenagers),
- increased appetite,
- memory problems,
- stomach pain or upset,
- loss of bladder control,
- back pain,
- pain in your arms or legs,
- numbness or tingly feeling,
- breast swelling or discharge (in women or men),
- dry mouth, or
- missed menstrual periods.
What is Risperdal?
Risperdal (risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic prescribed to treat:
- bipolar mania,
- and autism.
What is Zyprexa?
Zyprexa (olanzapine) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety in adults. Zyprexa is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder in adults with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).
What Drugs Interact With Risperdal?
Risperdal may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), carbamazepine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, or rifampin.
What Drugs Interact With Zyprexa?
Zyprexa may interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), carbamazepine, fluoxetine, rifampin, or medicines used to treat Parkinson's Disease.
How Should Risperdal Be Taken?
Risperdal dose ranges from 0.5 mg to 8mg/day.
How Should Zyprexa Be Taken?
Oral Zyprexa should be administered on a once-a-day schedule without regard to meals, generally beginning with a 5 to 10 mg initial dose, with a target dose of 10 mg/day within several days.
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