Low White Blood Cells

Low White Blood Cells caused by Risperdal

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Risperdal, a prescription antipsychotic that is used to treat individuals with schizophrenia, has been identified by the Food and Drug Administration as having the potential to reduce white blood cell and platelet levels in certain patients as a side effect of taking the medication. White blood cells serve an important immune-defense function in the body, fighting off foreign pathogens and microorganisms that invade the body and preventing illness and disease. With d decrease in the number of white blood cells or platelets that are available in a person’s body, the more prone to infection and illness that individual will be.

Some of the side effects Risperdal low white blood cell levels include:

  • Granulocytopenia, also sometimes referred to as agranulocytosis, is the marked decrease in the number of granulocytes, which is a type of white blood cell that harbor important enzymes used to destroy invasive microorganisms in the body.
  • Leukopenia is a decrease in the number of white blood cells (leukocytes) that are in the blood.
  • Neutropenia, which is a subtype of leukopenia, is a decrease in the number of neutrophil granulocytes, which are the most abundant type of white blood cells in the body.

There are several different types of white blood cells in the body, and each serves a different function, but one thing is common for all types of white blood cells – if there is a decrease in the number of white blood cells in the body, a person will have difficulty fighting infection and staying healthy.

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