Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Odette | 2009-05-11


ADHD - Possibly?


My son is 4 years old and has been on Risperdal 0.5mg (night only) for almost 2 years now. In the beginning we noticed a big change in him, especially because he was on 15ml Epilim which I stopped on my own as my son seemed to be a " zombie" . The 0.5mg Riseprdal was working great until recently. Our Paediatrician has now changed his Risperdal to 0.75mg (night only) but he is still " very busy"  we have asked him if he does have ADHD but says no. I' ve been told that Concerta would be better for him but cannot find any information on that medication.
My son' s eating habits are terrible, there are some nights that he eats nothing, he will not eat what we eat, he actually makes himself sick and vomits. We are at our whits ends, he continuosly cries and moans ect....... when he doesnt get his own way, we dont know what more to do, if he was' nt on Risperdal he would be awake until 4/5am in the mornings at least now he falls asleep by 10pm if we are lucky and this is with the Risperdal. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

Expert's Reply



You certainly are having problems with your son and his behaviour. It is difficult to know exactly which is the chicken and which is the egg here.Risperidal has many side effects including agitation and causes abdominal pain and nausea and vomiting. What is required here and is indeed urgently required is a proper diagnosis.Up to now you have not had a proper diagnosis of his problem. If your son does not have ADHD what is the diagnosis? His behaviour may possibly be the autism syndrome if it is not ADHD.He must be seen by a paediatric neurologist as soon as possible.

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