Seroquel vs. Risperdal?

Apps+8278986302 - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi all: As much as I lathe doing this, we have reached the point where our gorgeous, smart 5-year-old is also completely unmanageable and scary when tantruming, which usually happens when we try to pull him away from whatever perseverating behavior he's doing. My few days away have finally convinced my husband of what I've been saying for some time; the stimulants are wrong for Matthew, he needs something else. I have also been fighting with the school psychiatrist, who upon hearing how much research I'd done told me to "stop reading." (Jerk) But now all of a sudden turns out Beth may be right, though I won't hold my breath that anyone will say those actual words. (Sorry, I really am past the point of bitterness. All I want is help for all of us now.



So now the doc is saying a tiny amt of Seroquel or Risperdal in p.m. on top of the Adderall (the "best:" of the stimulants after disasters with Ritalin and Vyvance) in the a.m., just to help him sit in his seat in kindergarten. (A class of 5 boys with 3 adults in room; I got him into an approved nonpublic here in Brooklyn; mixed feelings about it now but his behaviors would have probably gotten him kicked out anywhere else.) Doc says we add before we start taking away stim. I was also told by a therapist I totally trust some of these kids do well on a tiny amt of Risperdal and a tiny amt of an antianxiety and antidepressant.



Believe me, I do not want to go the meds route. But our son is extreme, and I can't handle the physical and mental abuse anymore.



Thanks, as always, for your help and support.



Beth

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Cyndie - posted on 03/10/2009

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Hi Beth,



I am new to this site but I began reading some of the threads posted on here & your title caught my eye very quickly. My step son is not yet diagnosied with Aspergers but it is just a matter of a few more visits with the "doctors" that he will finally be labeled. Anyways, he was taking Seroquel back late December 2008 up until last month. He began at 300 mg then it was uped to 400 mg. Whe he first got on it, it seemed to work like magic. He was calm, spoke without a studder & clearly, and seemed "normal". But unfortuantely, when he was also perscribed Concerta, it seemed to counteract the Seroquel. He has high anxiety and fights his sleep every night. Now please pardon this sudden burst of bitterness but his no good for nothing of a "birth" mother took him off Medicaid and we (his father & I whom he now lives with) have to pay out of pocket for all his doctor visits & his medication. We paid $180 for his Concerta but refused to pay $400 for his Seroquel. All this was just a month's worth of meds. Anyways, he has been off his Seroquel now for about 3 weeks & have begun using Melatonin 5 mg. It has worked really well & it only cost us $20 bucks. I know my step son will be living with Aspergers for the rest of his life & I refuse to tax his liver with so much medication. I believe in the Melatonin over Seroquel caz I know he won't build a tolerance from it nor will it hurt his liver. My suggestion is to try Melatonin. It's a small price to pay for knowing it's a vitamin deficiency you know you can give back to your child without causing long term issues to his internal organs.



Cyndie

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Traci - posted on 01/25/2012

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Hi Ladies,



I don't know if you will see this since your posts are a few years old but I have a 5 year old with over the top ADHD, a little anxiety, a little OCD and a LOT of oppositional disorder, aka defiance. She is up to 15 mgs of Adderall XR and that is taking the edge off during the day, but doing nothing for her sleep dysfunction (she takes Melatonin to get to sleep but it doesn't keep her asleep) or constant melt downs when she doesn't get her way. The psychiatrist is recommending I try her on Seroquel since the sedative effect may help her sleep more at night and make her more 'even' during the day.



I'm really scared about the Seroquel since there are no studies on small children....at least none that I can find. Had anyone out there put their young child on Seroquel? If so, what is your opinion of the drug and how it is working/not working?



I appreciate any input!!!

Apps+8278986302 - posted on 03/10/2009

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Thanks for these pointers, Cyndie. Many have posted about Melatonin, so I'll look into it. Best, Beth

Apps+8278986302 - posted on 02/25/2009

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I just realized I didn't follow up on my subject line, the question Seroquel vs. Risperdal? I have done a lot of research about Risperdal but this is the first I've heard of using Seroquel. Has anyone used it? Or used both so can offer a comparison, based on experience?



I won't go into it now, but there are valid reasons for the antianxiety or antidepressant. Beth



 

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