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Hi - just wondering if anyone else is using Risperdone or Ritalin with their kids - if so how much (age of child) and how have you found it? Noticed any side effects?
Thanks so much everyone for your comments - especially to everyone that was kind enough to just answer my questions without judgement. I think I made 2 responses in this process - so feel free to go back and read those to see the journey we have been on and why we have come to this incredible difficult decision after 9yrs and exhausting every behavioural, diet related route.
My son is now on apo-risperidone 0.5mg once a day in the morning, and his sleep meds have increased to 3mg of melatonin. The only side effect I've noticed is sweaty hands and he finally sleeps!!!!. Other than that he is still loud, bouncy, energetic - ie still my little boy - however we haven't had ANY violence since starting. So to me that signals success. He still is having some major meltdowns which I can deal with - what became unacceptable for the entire family was the violence and beatings. My aim was never to do this for a 'quiet' life and a sedated child (tho sometimes it's an appealing thought!!) oohhhh did I really say that! lol but to help control the aggression and violence towards myself and the other children (youngest is 18mths) Not an easy decision to make - especially as it goes against my core beliefs, but one made in the best interests of him and the safety and welfare of me and the other kids too.
I am blessed to have an excellent paediatrician, who is going very carefully and slowly - ringing in to check with me each week.