my son has been prescribed risperidone
Posted 29 August 2011 - 09:22 PM
From his exhausted mum.
Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:14 PM
melatonin wont work any magic wonders on behavioural stuff but might help your lad to chill down a little.Strong mental health drugs,while they can and do alleviate symptoms can disorientate the user even further with their side effects.
In the 90's i was a single dad wioth a baby (undiagnosed then)the gp tried giving me strong sleepers and anti deprressant,none of it worked,it was like my body would fight against them.i also have reactions with paracetomal ,ibruprufen and coedine.I think asd body chemistry is different,
Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:23 PM
Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:32 PM
Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:09 PM
Hes a complex lad with asd, adhd and demand avoidance with severe learning dfficulties. He has tried so many drugs and none seem to have any effect. i am at a loss as to what to do next. All i know is that at 15 and 6ft ,weighing 11 stone with serious behaviour problems something has to be done,is there anything out there to suit him. So far hes had aripiprazol, colonodine, certroline, to name a few. Now its risperidone at 5mg and has no effect. apparently this would put you or i to sleep for days but it seems not to touch the sides. Any one out there with any ideas please?
From his exhausted mum.
My understanding is that risperidone is a mood stabilising drug which can take up to 6 weeks to kick into effect (my son trialled it and I recall asking about it). Don't know how long your son has been on it, but perhaps a bit more time is required to see or the dosage needs to be revised. I'm no expert and so the best bet is to seek professional medical advice.
Edited by cmuir, 13 September 2011 - 09:11 PM.
Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:25 AM
We found risperidone worked really quickly and N became calmer within the week.. it just took the edge off what his psychiatrist calls his 'arousal' and made it easier for him to get control of his temper. It is only intended for short term crisis use, so after six weeks we've started to wean Naruto back off the meds, now doing his final week on a quarter of a tablet. He is out of the crisis cycle and doing really well, although the situation at school is very tentative right now and he is only managing one hour per day there.
Naruto is 7 and he was taking the same 5mg dose - he's half the size of your son. We did find it helped for short term crisis management. Perhaps it would work with your son if they increase the dose. I know they said they could increase for Naruto if necessary, but the 5mg was enough.
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