Medication for Aspergers

Cindy - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am new to this group. My son Chance is 11 and has just been diagnosed in the last 6 months, although he first saw a counselor at around 3 years old. He is very high functioning, so we even saw some disbelief from his teachers, although they are wonderful and accomodated all of our requests even without an IEP. He will be in middle school in a year and I'm concerned that will be when the real challenges start.
I saw a post from a lady on putting her son on medication. We recently got Chance on Wellbutrin. I was wondering if folks can weigh in on what medications seem to work best for their children? I'm sure it varies by the child. Chance also has trouble sleeping sometimes too but we are just having him take melatonin (natural supplement) right now and it's not every night. He has improved greatly with both the Wellbutrin and regular counseling, but not sure if Wellbutrin is the best for him or not.

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Bonnie - posted on 07/24/2009

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Hi! My son Hunter is 14 and was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was about 9. We didn't see disbelief from the school, but from our family! First he was diagnosed with Sensory Disorder and Anxiety. Few years back the anxiety was out of control. He was been on Zoloft and it has been WONDERFUL! Life changing. I don't like the idea of kids on medications, but sometimes...it is what is best. He also is in therapy.
I work in a school and I see kids that are medicated, and look medicated.
For my son, you see Hunter now...not his anxiety and need to control everything around him.

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Robin - posted on 01/19/2014

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Wellbutrin has been great for my daughter (now 27 and has been taking it for many years) she had no side effects unlike other meds she tried. Melatonin is great as well, Give the meds a chance, you might try keeping a log of how he si doing.

Jen - posted on 12/04/2013

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My son is 10 and high functioning aspergers as well. And recently I am finding it hard to get him relaxed w all the mood changes and seems generally sad. His appointment is tomorrow w his doctor and I was going to ask if there is something to help him without the zombie effect and side effects . Glad I read some that are working so I know what the dr will be talking about. Here's to hoping!

Nina - posted on 03/27/2011

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Thanks Bonnie! I just read your post and that is what I want. Less need to control and be more relaxed without being a zombie. PERFECT.

Nina - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son is 14 and has just now been diagnosed with (extremely) high functioning aspergers. Although now that I know what aspergers is, I look back and CLEARLY see he should have been diagnosed at 4-5. His primary issues are social and academically he is a 4.0 student. We are about to see a pshyciatrist (at my sons request) so my son can get more information about it all and talk to him about his mild anxiety and depression. I see as he ages the social discomfort is causing him more problems and to miss out on so much with groups and friends (one at a time to hang with is his preference, but the friends do many things in groups). I know his depression will worsen if he isn't able to find ways to socially adapt. So I am thinking....how will he make it at college? just go to class, go to his room, study, and be depressed? Egad. Spooky stuff. So my question is which anti depressant is best for Asperger's kids? DONT WANT HIM GORKED. Just chilled, happy, less anxious so he can relax a tad. I know zoloft and prozac are recommended on the internet. Weight is huge problem for him so I am hoping he is put on wellbutrin (less weight gain). Does anyone have an asperger's child on wellbutrin?? Thanks

Allen9612 - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son was diagnosed with Aspergers recently but was already on Adhd medication. They just switched him to Abilify and I love it. His moods are stable, he eats normally, he acts more like he did as a baby (affectionate, outspoken, wanting to try new things) and he is sleeping and going to bed on time. It works great for us. He also seems alot happier himself and his Anxiety is alot milder. We went through alot of other medications before his diagnosis and non seemed to work well with him until we got this one also.

Tina - posted on 07/25/2009

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I am new to group . My son Gene is 11 and just since the beginning of summer was diagnosed with High Functioning Austism or PPD. I am reading all the books I can get . I have wondered about medication due to he has emotional outburst. But I have been reading books that have helped me and him more than I think medication can. I think as long as you can narrow down the triggers and try to avoid them it is better. I know that my mom and I working constantly to help him.

Alexia - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son was diagnised recently at 10 and he is quite high functioning too. We haven't put him on any medication. We are monitoring him though and he has access to a special needs teacher at school. Basically I'll go down the path of counselling geared towards his age before I start on medication because at this stage, he doesn't have major problems containing his emotions. This may change at adolesence and we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. At the moment we talk alot, read stuff on Asperger's that he can understand and I now can differentiate between what's naughty and what is Asperger related. The diagnosis has helped him.

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