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My nephew (AS) has been waking at night with severe tantrums on a regular basis. While he does have autism, he may very well have something else going on as well (like a seizure disorder...off to see the neurologist in a month). My sister and her DH are very, very tired and overwhelmed<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
They took him to a pediatrician who prescribed Risperal - which he takes before going to bed. He has still been waking up at night, but is calmer/easier to settle when he does so.<br><br>
I, being the geek-y, research loving aunt googled it - and came up with (suprise, suprise) conflicting info.<br><br>
Do you like the drug? Any personal experiences? Where do you go for good (yet layman) research on autism and medication?<br><br>
TIA<br><br>
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This question came up recently:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=676095" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=676095</a>
 

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thank you<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kiss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kiss"><br><br>
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this is the 2nd most prescribed psych drug to kids in the U.S. foster system. Frankly, I think it is over-prescribed for children. BIL did relatively well on it, but then again he has schizophrenia, which is not even an appropriate diagnosis for kids.
 

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I didn't post on the other thread---we've been out of town---but my son has been on Risperdal for just over a year. He was having night-waking spells that would last a solid 2 hours and would keep dh and I awake, as well. He also was terribly wrapped up in his stimming and self-injurious behaviors, to the point where he really wasn't interested in connecting with anyone.<br><br>
The Risperdal helps him sleep. He takes it at dinnertime, and usually can fall asleep by about 8:45 and sleep until around 6:00. I can't help but believe that the improved sleep benefits him, and I know it helps dh and I.<br><br>
Gabe's also much, much, much more interested in people since he started taking the med, something that the ped psychiatrist hoped we'd see. He now connects with his friends at school, his sibs, and his therapists; we are all more than tools to get what he needs now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
The package insert is enough to freak one out; there are some pretty scary potential side effects. The only thing we've noticed with Gabe that's of any concern is that his appetite has definitely increased. He hasn't gained a lot of weight like some kids we know of, but I have to be more careful of what he eats and when he eats it.<br><br>
It's not an easy decision, but sometimes meds can be very appropriate.<br><br>
Joni and Gabe (8, Down syn and autism)
 
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