medications for aggression

Aimee - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what, if any, medications you have used or are using for aggression?

My son is currently on Risperidone for his aggression and while we have seen a great improvemnt in his behaviour my partner and I are concerned about the weight increase he is having because of this medication so we have been looking around to see if there is anything else that we may be able to use.

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Georgia - posted on 12/21/2009

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My sons dr. just gave us Intuniv...we are at the tail end of a month long trial. The dr. said it is a new 24hr. med that used to be Tenex but Tenex only lasted 8hrs. I love it. The aggression is finally simmering down and he is also so much easier to get to sleep at night and he wakes up in the morning in such a better mood, instead of fighting and hitting everyone in his path!

Brenda - posted on 11/21/2009

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My Autistic 15 year old son was having some problems with anger and the doc started him on 1 mg Risperdone which seemed to work. But they increased it to help with the OCD to 2 mg and he gained 25 lbs in a month which he cannot afford since he is already overweight so he is off of it now. We just started a med called Imipram. Keeping my fingers crossed. I'm terrified the anger will be back but right now his OCD is so bad so I'm hoping to find a remedy that works for all.

Mindy - posted on 11/20/2009

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My youngest son, almost 5 yrs., takes risperidone .25mg at 8am and 2:30 pm and then .5mg at 8pm and he also takes 15 mg of zoloft at night also. I talk with his teachers, case worker, therapiest, and all the doctors on a regular basics. Talk with everyone, tell others what everyone is saying and than start complaining. I do that alot. My son is a high function autistic, with ocd, anxiety, and add/adhd. He is a handful. Webmd has a very good information about the medication, here is the article about different medication for autism.



Antipsychotic medicines, such as Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa, and thioridazine work by changing the effects of brain chemicals. They may help decrease problem behaviors that can occur with autism. A well-designed study found that Risperdal was effective for the treatment of tantrums, aggression, and self-harming behavior in children with autism.



Hope this helps you making a decision.

Patrice - posted on 11/18/2009

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My son is taking 2 - 1mg risperidone at night and 1/2 pill in the morning. He definitly has had a big increase in his eating, but so far that`s all i can tell it has done for him. he still has the major aggressive behavior and is about to be put out of school for it. anyone have any suggestions for me?

Donna - posted on 09/27/2012

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Please Please Please everyone that that has there child on Risperidone have your childs white blood cell count tested my son had been taking it for 2 1/2 years and I happen to ask his behavior doctor for a copy of the lab report and noticed it. I brought it to my son's primary care doctor and he contacted the doctor that had him on it and she told him she did not notice it. The side effects of low or suppressed white blood cell count is Leukemia so please have your children tested. We are at a point of waiting for 30 days to have another blood test done and praying it comes back up. And yes the aggression, mood swings are back not sure what we are going to do.

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Heidi - posted on 12/26/2009

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Tenex is usually used for hyperactivity... that's what we use as well .We tried Intuniv but my sons body tends to process medication very quickly and it was wearing off by morning when we gave it to him at night. It worked great to help him sleep but because it made him tired I couldnt give it to him during the day. We use a combo of tenex and abilify (both 2x a day) and have seen remarkable improvement on mood, aggression, behavior, attention span etc. I dont like the weight gain side effect but we just try to make healthy options for him and lock down everything, from the fridge to the pantry.

Amanda - posted on 12/19/2009

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We were happy with LOVAN but only gave our son a 9month course he did put on weight and has not regained his skinny stature at all since being off that drug 3 years ago. We were not offered risperidone and am thankful as i have not read anything encouraging wich has been peer reviewed. :)

Shelly - posted on 12/17/2009

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I don't remember Risperidone being one of the meds that my son has tried over the years of trying to find out what works, but he is now on Abilify and that seems to work well, you might ask your dr. if you can try something else. He has not gained any extra weight on this med.

Vanessa - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son is also on Risperidone for aggression. He is only on 0.5mg a day. We have not increasesd as he has been putting on extra weight. It is frustrating as he ideally needs more of the drug but I am scared to increases because of the weight gain.

Maria - posted on 11/08/2009

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My son is also on Risperidone and has a bit of a belly now. We started takin him swimming once a week and watch what he eats after a while the weight will slow down.

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