Antipsychotics are growing in popularity and use, with an increasing application in “off label” uses. Several years ago it was estimated that half of children foster care were on these drugs, often along with other medications. (Source)
When I came across a journal article reporting that a popular antipsychotic can reduce brain volume over time, it got my attention. The drug, Risperdal (Risperidone), is often prescribed for autism, schizophrenia, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and Tourette syndrome—even to children.
Sadly, this heavy antipsychotic is almost always recommended without a prior medical and environmental evaluation. Such evaluations would allow doctors trained in these areas to determine biological and natural approaches to try before resorting to medications that can cause serious side-effects in the patient.
Just what are the potential negative effects of this drug? And how many such reactions are possible?
I checked drugs.com and lost count at 90 reported types of problems from this drug. Skim through the list below, and I think you’ll be as appalled as I am.
Effects range from common to rare, with some requiring immediate emergency attention.