First, I can find no indication that risperdal is indicated for ADHD. " In 2006, the FDA approved risperidone for the treatment of irritability in children and adolescents with autism. The FDA's decision was based in part on a study of autistic people with severe and enduring problems of violent meltdowns, aggression, and self-injury; risperidone is not recommended for autistic people with mild aggression and explosive behavior without an enduring pattern. Like other atypical antipsychotics, risperidone has also been used off-label for the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, severe, treatment-resistant depression with or without psychotic features, Tourette syndrome, disruptive behavior disorders in children." Wikipedia
And I am surprised that a 4 year old is being medicated - but I don't know what the symptoms are. What kind of a doctor are you seeing?
Kids with ADHD do tend to have poor bowel habits. Essentially, they get involved in something and ignore the warning signs and then just let it go - since they tend to to things without thinking. ADHD medication(stim meds) would help this a bit since it might slow the child down. I doubt if Risperdone would.
Over on the child behavior forum - questions like this come up a lot as a lot of kids do have these kinds of problems. You might try posting there for some of there ideas. But essentially at her age you have to deal with it by having structured potty times among other things. Of course, you always want to rule out any medical issues. This is a training issue. I doubt that any meds would help much. Hope this helps a bit. Even though I post a lot on the child behavior forum, I'm not as acquainted with toilet issues as many of the other posters.
Great post Sandman2, very informative for her. I too didn't see anything on Risperidone for ADHD. I myself think that you should consult the doctor as far as why this child was put on this drug. I don't know what type of insurance you would have for your grandchild if they are on a foster child program. But you may want to look for another Dr. also. I look at this website all the time for information on drugs, we also have CLL in our family. I see nothing on here either for this drug for ADHD. Here is the link if you would like to take a look.
Keep us updated please on what you find out.
Risperidone (Risperdal®) and Methylphenidate (Ritalin®).
Both are commonly prescribed for ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's, and other conditions.
I will check this out more. Thank you. How were your holidays? Hopefully, peaceful. Here's to a better New Year.
I just looked into Risperdal. I did find the info on the I use all the link all the time for info. It just wasn't listed under the ADHD category. This one is for the side effects. http://www.pharmacydrugguide.com/Risperdal_Side_Effects and this one is for Coupons http://www.pharmacydrugguide.com/Risperdal_Coupons. Still need to google and find more information on this drug and it's uses. But thought i would share this part.