4yr old autistic boy w/adhd just put on clonidine and dextroamphetamine. Please help.?

Heather - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Im new to this forum..this has probably been discussed somewhere on here already..my son was just put on meds..we started the ext release clonidine a few nights ago..after 7 days it is to be increased to 2x per day..dextroamphetamine was also added..he is so out of it..i hate seeing my child like this..! has anyone else out there been down this road? will he get used to it and be my son again without aggression and immpulsivity?

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Heather - posted on 12/28/2013

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Oh and as for the school system sore subject for me! My so. Has been moved to a new school every fall until this year and he started school when he was 3. I was finally happy with the school he attended when he was 5 and I'm fighting the school board now to move him back. It's been a nightmare. They are doing another re evaluation now and we did same thing before to get him to that school it's so unnecessary but the 60 calendar days they hve to complete it by law will be up early January and hopefully he will be moved back I've found when u complain they take it out on ur child. So sad but true. He is in a special ex autistic class but had a bad experience at this current school when he was 4 so he still cries when I take him. Plus he's failing 1st grade. LA changed to a core curriculum so he is expected to do the same work as any other 1st grader. It's crazy cause his IEP math goal is to count to 30 by 1's yet he brings home math homework that has algebra equations and even says algebra on it and is asked to do reading comprehension and write sentences when he can just now barely write his name and is having 3-4 wet pull-ups aday

Heather - posted on 12/28/2013

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Hello! I forgot all about posting here lol. My son is now 7. It's so strange because he was on quillivant the liquid ext release Ritalin and we just went back to procentra the liquid dexadrine and I saw an email about ur reply. I can tell u now after experience its the ADHD med not the clonidine causing behaviors. Assuming she has autism like my son alot of ADHD meds make them worse. I had to stop his ADHD med until clonidine was working well. It seems clonidine counteracts the issues ADHD meds can hav on autistic kids. In fact he only gets clonidine at bedtime now so that's why we took him off the ext release ADHD med cause when the second portion was released the clonidine was long gone from his system so he would act crazy come lunch time. His dr won't even try vyvanse on him she has seen autistic kids go into a bad downward spiral from it. The clonidine given during the day caused him to be alot less verbal and very emotional. Keep n mind meds take time and some can make them worse all kids react differently. I would be thrilled just for him to sit at the dentist lol we are gonna have to drive 3hr to have him sedated for a dental exam! Hope the info helps. Be understanding and always provide positive reinforcement even for little things she does that are positive. Tell her u understand. Alot of behaviors are involuntary and she truly can't help it.

Kelisha - posted on 12/27/2013

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Hi Heather. My 5 year old daughter just started dextroamp & clonodine a little over a week ago. We d/c the vyvanse & started dextro about a week later. Then changed intuniv to clonodine a couple days after. She has been off the wall the past three days. Thought I would lose it in dentist office today. She slapped punched kicked pushed me several times today. It's not her that's for sure. I don't know which meds are causing this. This may not be the right combo for your son. As far as the school system, what have they done to try & accommodate your son? Stay on top of them & give them no peace until they help him. I called my daughter's school daily until we finally had a team meeting.

Heather - posted on 07/25/2011

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Hi Jenn..not exactly sure what u are talking about?? guess I should explain a little more..my son has regressed over the summer..even getting on the frig..something he hasnt done in a long time..a psych tried to commit him to a lock down unit to get him regulated on meds..i was furious..that's not an initial attempt in my mind..so his pediatrician just added the meds..i didn't give the dextro til yesterday and wow made him worse..was waiting thinking he may not need it..he is alot calmer w/the clonidine but just groggy and not wanting to eat or drink much..ive taken both meds myself in the past and have done my research..Im just concerned and want to help my child..he was getting really agressive and hitting me and himself..there are no local support groups in my area..we have been failed by the school system and doctors in the past..so im hoping someone else has been in my shoes and has some advice..

Jenn - posted on 07/25/2011

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