Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sons mom | 2011/06/06



Hi Doc....I wrote to you a week ago regarding my 7 yr old son and emotional problems...we speculated that he might be suffering from depression. We took him to IMO a very good child psychiatris today...who did proper assesment...The conclusion was that he is suffering from ODD with anxiety...She prescribed 0.25mg Risperdal twice daily and parent councelling....What worries me is that I''ve read that Risperdal can cause long term side effects like facial tics! Is this a safe drug to use on small kids? Thanx

Expert's Reply



Risperdal is a medicine with many reported side effects. Some of these side effects are even worse than facial tics.Risperdal is not permitted for use in children under 12 years of age in the UK. I agree with the excellent diagnosis made by the psychiatrist, but I am not happy about using Risperdal in a boy as young as your son even though she has prescribed a very low dose. Please ask the psychiatrist to prescribe a safer product.

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