Aa
A
A
A
Close
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Community
1.3k Members
16638194 tn?1449938541

Autism/ADHD Medication - Help Needed

I am in desperate need of some insight regarding medication for Autism and ADHD. My son is 7 years old. He started out on Risperdal when he was 4 but we quickly took him off because he quickly ballooned by 15 lbs. in 1 month. We eventually ended up on Abilify and Tenex (Guanfacine) and he's been taking that combination for about 3 years. Now we are at the point where those two meds were not working at all and we were already at the approved dosage limits. Our Pediatrician is wonderful and we're trying to find something that works for my son (we live in North Idaho and the nearest Psychiatrist is an hour and 30 minutes away). We took him off of the cocktail he was on and he is now taking 36mg Concerta and a small dose of Clonidine at bed time to help him sleep.  

Concerta doesn't seem to be working for him. We have him on medicine for aggression, better concentration, melt downs and ADHD. This poor kiddo literally has no control over his limbs off of medication. His IEP goal accuracy goes down tremendously off of meds.

I'm needing your insight on finding the right meds to pursue. I feel like we've tried everything that Parents typically use for children with Autism. My Pediatrician seems to be going off of what I research and my knowledge. I've been thinking of asking for a Risperdal dose to be added in during the day but I just don't know. I don't want him to be a zombie I just want something that can slow him down and take that edge off and curb the melt downs.

Please help me if you can =)
2 Responses
Avatar universal
Have you ever tried Focalin?
17178979 tn?1454363798
Our son is 10 and is AD/HD and we have him on Stratera. Concerta *****. It made his bed wetting terrible and he could not focus at all. Drove us completely insane! Even him! We put him back on Stratera and give him a very low dose of Riddalin in the afternoon if he needs it for focusing.

He is also on the low end of the spectrum. And so we are now in talks with doctors to see if this is the right medication for him as he ages and is now getting into the hormones. He tends to get hyper very quickly and losses focus. Kind of like his body is metabolizing the medicine quicker and quicker as he grows.

Good luck!
Have an Answer?
Top Children's Development Answerers
189897 tn?1441130118
San Pedro, CA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Fearing autism, many parents aren't vaccinating their kids. Can doctors reverse this dangerous trend?
Yummy eats that will keep your child healthy and happy
What to expect in your growing baby
Is the PS3 the new Prozac … or causing ADHD in your kid?
Autism expert Dr. Richard Graff weighs in on the vaccine-autism media scandal.
Could your home be a haven for toxins that can cause ADHD?