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Risperdal Glossary

Risperdal
Risperdal is an atypical antipsychotic medication manufactured by Janssen Pharmeceutica, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

Risperidone
Risperidone is the active agent in Risperdal.

Atypical Antipsychotic
Atypical antipsychotics are a class of prescription medications used to treat psychiatric conditions. These were the second generation of antipsychotics.

Janssen Pharmaceutica
Janssen Pharmaceutica is a division of Johnson & Johnson, an international pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer.

Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is a pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer that does business internationally. In 2004, the company boasted revenues of nearly $50 billion.

FDA
FDA is an acronym for the Food and Drug Administration, the government agency responsible for regulating food, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics and blood products in the United States.

Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS)
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a neurological disorder that is life-threatening and is commonly caused by an adverse reaction to antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal.

Stroke
A stroke (also called a cerebrovascular accident) takes place when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted, leading to the damage or death of brain cells. Stroke incidents have been linked to the use of Risperdal.

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a serious neurological disorder that can be caused by antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal. Tardive dyskinesia is characterized by involuntary, repetitive, and purposeless movements.

Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS)
Estrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) affect motor movements of sufferers. These movement disorders can be caused by the use of antipsychotic drugs such as Risperdal.

Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that is characterized by defects in the perception or expression of reality. Risperdal and other atypical antipsychotics were developed to treat this disorder.

Bi-Polar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a psychological disorder that causes extreme and dramatic shifts in mood. Originally known as manic-depression, Risperdal and other antipsychotics were developed to treat bipolar disorder.

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