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Advantages and disadvantages of Risvan, the new LAI for schizophrenia

Updated: Apr 15

Risvan, the new risperidone long-acting injectable (LAI) has been approved by the FDA for treatment of schizophrenia in adults. It is administered IM once monthly.

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Risvan (risperidone LAI) is given IM once monthly

Advantages of Risvan over competing risperidone/paliperidone LAIs

  • No oral overlap is needed. Start one day after the last PO risperidone dose.

  • No loading dose required. The second Risvan injection is given one month after the first. 

  • Minimal pain and low incidence of injection site reactions.

  • Does not need to be refrigerated.

Disadvantages of Risvan

  • Patients who are on stable oral risperidone doses lower than 3 mg per day (75 mg Risvan equivalent) or higher than 4 mg per day (100 mg Risvan equivalent) may not be candidates for Risvan. 

  • A disadvantage for those who may prefer subcutaneous injections (Uzedy, Perseris), Risvan is an intramuscular injection like most of the competing products.

  • Preparation of the injection involves "QUICKLY mixing contents by pushing the plungers FAST and alternately for 100 pushes" between a solvent syringe and powder syringe. It must be administered within 15 minutes after reconstitution.

Risvan preparation


The label recommends using Risvan 75 mg (not 100 mg) if co-administered with strong CYP2D6 inHibitor, although the magnitude of the interaction can be more substantial.  Fluoxetine 20 mg increased (oral) risperidone concentration 2.5-fold.  Paroxetine 20 mg increased risperidone concentration 3–9 fold. 

The label recommends using Risvan 100 mg (not 75 mg) if co-administered with a strong CYP3A4 inDucer. Oral risperidone is decreased by about 50% by the strong CYP3A4 Inducer carbamazepine, although the metabolite of risperidone (paliperidone) has similar antipsychotic efficacy as the parent drug.  

There were no significant interactions between oral risperidone and erythromycin, a moderate CYP3A4 inHibitor.

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