Objective: We aimed to describe medication side effects in a cross-section of young people taking low-dose risperidone, using a self-report measure. Methods: The Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side Effect Rating Scale (LUNSERS) was completed by 66 patients aged between 6 and 18 years who had been taking low-dose risperidone (alone or in conjunction with other medications) for up to 13 years. Results: Young persons, overall, seemed to tolerate risperidone well, but longer exposure to the medication was associated with higher side effect levels, particularly for the psychic (pertaining to mind and emotion) and extrapyramidal subscales. The most common complaints related to psychic side effects, such as tiredness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty remembering things and increased dreaming. Conclusions: Clinicians need to monitor the side effects of young patients taking low doses of risperidone, and other psychotropics, and maintain vigilance in those who have been taking medication for extended periods.
- Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side Effect Rating Scale
- Side effects