Use of Risperidone in Children With Autism, Bipolar Disease, or Schizophrenia

Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D., FCCP

Pediatr Pharm. 2008;14(1) 

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Summary

Risperidone can have a significant impact on reducing irritability and aggression in children with autism, as well as improving symptoms in children with bipolar disease and schizophrenia. While it has the potential to provide considerable benefit for these pediatric patient populations, it is also associated with serious adverse effects. As a result, the benefit to risk profile must be evaluated for each child and his or her family prior to initiating treatment.

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