Mood stabilizers

JoAnn - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Anybody have any imput on abilify with vyvance?......

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User - posted on 06/24/2011

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My daughter just turned 4, and the doctor wants to put her on 1 mg of ambilify at night. They haven't done any sort of testing on her, but we've been taking adderall for about 2-3 weeks now and have noticed a huge change in her attention span, but she still has all of the built up agressiona and anger towards my husband and I and her little sister. She's in the 3rd percentile for her age, so she's already extremely tiny for a 4 year old. I just can't see giving someone so little this kind of medication. What are your thoughts??

ERICA - posted on 06/21/2011

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my son was on abilifty and he was worse than every the fits and the yelling and all got so bad we had to take his off of it plus he had very bad sudical thoughts which is a side effect of it and he is only 8 to so i have stopped it completely now he is just on addrell 10 mg xr

JoAnn - posted on 06/10/2011

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Hi Wendy. My son is 14 and I don't think we have ever gotten his Meds right. He is very angry all the time. Is ADHD. Easily frustrated , has a terrible temper. We just switched to a new dr. And she told us it looks like the ADHD part has never been under control, from what she could see. He has been on medidate, Ritalin , concerta,prozac, effexor and now taking 40 mg. Of vyvance and trying to get his mood stabiliZed with abilify. 7.5 in a.m and 10 mg. At 4:30. He is better but still outbursts, . Is doing fine at school. This is all at home. Any suggestions . I feel like giving up. Jo

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Deborah - posted on 03/01/2013

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I am wondering the same thing.......my 10 year old was on Vyvanse than weaned off and put on Abilify. Each one alone worked well but looking to combine both to address all issues - ADHD, mood disorder and ODD.

Shelly - posted on 06/26/2011

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Jessica, the testing they do is ask questions about their eating, sleeping, concentration, what are anger triggers, how her over-all moods are, if there are and what are her ups and downs like and how long have they've been going on. also she may need some kind of therapy whether out patient or in home. We did both types of therapy. Jennie has a complete turn around from before. Before she was showing agression to whole family and pulling knives on us. She was diagnosed with ADHD & ODD (oppositional defiance disorder). she is on 25mg of Straterra for ADHD and risperadol for the ODD. ask dr. about the ODD. your daughter may have that. also if you want more info on it w/ symptom checker webmd is good source of info. good luck and keep us posted

User - posted on 06/25/2011

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Thanks, shelly. I completely agree- i have been so hesitant about all of this. What testing do they normally do on children to determine if they have ADHD or if they have bipolar disorder? Our psychiatrist only spends about 15 mins top talking with ME and only observing her- that's it! I just find it hard to believe that she needs
All of these meds so young- maybe I am in denial, but I'd almost rather deal with the mood swings than
To start her on these different meds to try and "figure out" what's going to work!

Shelly - posted on 06/25/2011

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i don't know your whole story, Jessica, But in my opinion and thats just it an opinion; I wouldn't have her on Adderall at such a young age. That drug is a stimulant like speed. I would try a different drug that wasn't a stimulant in that family but go for a non-stimmulant such as Straterra or what not. As for the risperadol. that is a good drug for stabilizing the mood. Jennie, my 8yo has been on it since she was 5. It has done wonders for her and our family. Without testing I personally would question the decision they are making. Ask to do the tests before settleling on anything.

JoAnn - posted on 06/24/2011

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Things are better. My son is now on 5mg. Of abilify in morning and 10 mg at nite. And vyvance 30 mg. Per day. His anger has almost subsided. He still gets really frustrated at times, we just try to talk him thru it. He is actually in Florida on vacation with his grandparents for 10 days. Holy cow!!!!! He has called us twice and my mother in law said he has been awesome. She did have to give him melatonin one nite. But that's it. Probably just the excitement of being there. He's fishing up a storm . Finally.... Things are turning around. Not sure bout the ADHD part, seems better but we will see more when he is back in school. Thanks everybody for the input, JoAnn

ERICA - posted on 06/22/2011

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We just started the addrall he was on the abilify with folican he is doing great on the adderall but thank you again for the incite have a blessed day

Wendy - posted on 06/22/2011

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My son had taken Adderall for 3 years. When I finally realized that it was the adderall that was making him so irritable in the afternoons(when he was coming down off of it) I switched him to vyvanse. It was like night and day. The afternoon power struggles came to an end. However, the Vyvanse was not strong enough so we had to supplement it with Ritalin. Now he takesConcerta with the Abilify.
Every child is different and has different reactions to the drugs. I just wanted to let Erica kno that I heard a lot of the same problems with Adderall before I came to the conclusion to take my son off of it.

Gnjsgoofymom - posted on 06/20/2011

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Hi,
My son is 10, diagnosed with ADHD at six. He is also being evaluated (on a waiting list) for Autism Spectrum Disorders. He takes Concerta, Ritalin, and Melatonin at night. We just started the Abilify last week, and increased the dose to 4mg tonight. So far he has complained twice about nausea upon waking, but after he eats is fine. I haven't noticed any improvement as far as his anger is concerned, but am crossing my fingers that once we have the dose right, we will notice a difference. I would love to not have to walk on eggshells all the time...

Lisa - posted on 06/15/2011

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Shelly - posted on 06/15/2011

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i take abilify. dr. just raised it to 15mg. not sure how that pertains to a child but for me it works really well. it keeps things in check.

Kim - posted on 06/15/2011

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Wendy has great suggestions. Abilify didn't work for us in combination with Vyvanse, but each kiddo is different. It sounds like you are making progress, so I wouldn't give up on it just yet. We have combined Zyprexa and Lithium with Vyvanse with good results, but as with any medication, there are side effects to consider. Keep good notes and try to be paitient. Best of luck to you.

Kim - posted on 06/15/2011

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Wendy has great suggestions. Abilify didn't work for us in combination with Vyvanse, but each kiddo is different. It sounds like you are making progress, so I wouldn't give up on it just yet. We have combined Zyprexa and Lithium with Vyvanse with good results, but as with any medication, there are side effects to consider. Keep good notes and try to be paitient. Best of luck to you.

Wendy - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son has also been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. We have a family history of it, so I pursued treatment for it. His daily regimen is 200mg Zoloft and 74mg of Concerta(during school) in the A.M., and 10mg of Abilify in the P.M., he weighs approx 105lbs at age 13. By the time he was 3 years old he was choking his little sister every time she made him mad. He still has temper tantrums, meltdowns and angry outbursts. A lot of his actions depend on my reactions.
Don't give up yet, it sounds like you're on the right track with a new doctor. Just be sure to keep an open communication with her. Don't hesitate to express your concerns and keep record of his reactions to changes in medications & doses.
My son hasn't started puberty yet, but I'm sure his meds are going to need a drastic change once it sets in.

Wendy - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son has been on abilify for 2-3 years. When he started taking it he was on Adderall and desperately needed to help to wind down at night. It has been a blessing for him. He now takes Concerta, he also took Vyvanse before the Concerta. We have never had any problems with Abilify.

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