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DS was just perscibed this today. A little back round, he has uncrontrollable explosive anger since about 2 years old. I have been insane trying to get help to keep him under controll just where he would obey and not flip out with things like don't walk in the street when cars are coming and don't open car doors when the car is moving. We finally ended up at the child Psch's office after he tried an attention getting scheme where he took a knife to his chest and said he was going to kill him self because he didn't want to do the dishes. All drama, no he's not depressed, no there's no abuse history. He's fed organic foods, totally not vaxed. His biological father as anger and psychotic disorders and I think he has inherited this.<br><br>
The doctor said this is completely safe with zero side effects. I don't buy this at all, but there wasn't a drug insert in the package, so I need to know is this stuff safe? I just don'tknow what to do I don't want him on this stuff, but I am loosing my santity dealling with a child who is 9 and acts like he's 2 throwing temper tantrums etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Its an anti-psychotic, also known as a major tranquilizer. Its commonly chosen for children because the side effects are fewer among other anti-psychotics. However, like all anti-psychotics, there is the risk of side effects. The scariest of the side effects are the EPS (extra pyramidal symptoms) which include things like shuffling gait, strange mouth/face movements, drooling, tardive dyskinesia, etc. I don't mean to worry you; risperdal has a low rate of these side effects.<br><br>
In the scheme of medications for children, it is from the class that is most sedating, most powerful. Most psychiatrists don't choose this class of meds unless the child's behavior is seen as very severe. Its not selective; it works by sedation so that ALL behaviors are reduced (good ones, too).<br><br>
On the positive side, if your child is at risk of developing a psychosis, the medication may decrease his feelings of stress enough so that the disease does not develop, assuming that sometimes people who are prone to psychosis or schizophrenia are more likely to develop the disease if they are emotionally stressed.
 

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Hugs, mama, I'm sorry you are dealing with this.<br><br>
I have worked with patients who have been on Risperdal for many things. I can tell you a couple of things, based on what they have told me (in my past profession, we had to often ask what type of side effects the patients were experiencing or notice changes in daily living during med changes). Also, here are a few websites for you to check out. Above all, if you have more questions, CALL THE MD. You should also be able to go to the place where you got the prescription and they can give you the insert should you request it.<br><br><a href="http://www.drugs.com/risperdal.html" target="_blank">http://www.drugs.com/risperdal.html</a><br><a href="http://www.crazymeds.org/risperdal.html" target="_blank">http://www.crazymeds.org/risperdal.html</a><br><a href="http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/Uses/0,3915,596%7CRisperdal,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/Use...perdal,00.html</a><br><a href="http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=About_Medications&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=8189" target="_blank">http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Sec...ContentID=8189</a><br><a href="http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/risperid.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/risperid.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
If the MD gave you the oral solution, you must make sure that the doses you give are EXACT. It apparently tastes horrible (so I've been told)...and you (your son) should stay away from teas and sodas (especially darker sodas) while using the drug.<br><br>
Hugs, and HTH....
 

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I keep reading that it can't be chased with teas or colas ( I know a pharmacist trick is to hide things in small amount of dr pepper cause it hides the taste) but i cant find why<br>
and does it apply to lighter colored herbal teas too?
 

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I don't think this is true! Stupid doctor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
Get online and read all the information yiu can find. It may be exactly what your son needs to have a better life but geez, for the doctor to say an anti-psychotic is completely safe is CRAZYTALK.<br><br><a href="http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-9846-Risperdal+Oral.aspx?drugid=9846&drugname=Risperdal+Oral&pagenumber=6" target="_blank">side effects from webmd</a>
 

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My grandmother with late-stage Alzheimer’s is on Risperdal. Many of her friends at the assisted living center are too. I was told that it was a medication for Schizophrenia that has recently been tested for use with Alzhimer's patients.<br><br>
My Grandmother was explosively mad. She would try to run away and get mad at the employees. She is much, much happier and content now. The only side-effects I have heard talk of is her swolen ankles and thicker middle.<br><br>
BUT, her doctor's goal has always been to cut her dose and eventually step her off of the medication. That leads me to believe that there may be other side-effects.<br><br>
I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. Hugs from all! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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My son was on risperdol for over a year. He didnt have any side effects at all. Im not saying that it would be good for your son to take though. I dont think you have a very educated doctor thats for sure. Most likely he is just lazy, or thinks you dont care, or doesnt want to be bothered with you. The doctors my son has had have always told me everything.. the good and the bad. I know a lot of people here would say there isnt any good. Im not sure if thats true or not. I didnt see a noticeable change in my son at all actually. He was taking 1 mg which is pretty average I think. Since I didnt see a change for the good, or bad.. I guess I just left him on it. He got a weird virus and got really sick, unrelated to the medication, and he was taken off all medication. I realized there was no need for him to be on it since it didnt seem to be helping. Thats why he isnt taking it any longer. To me it sounds like you need to change doctors and find someone a little more compassionate and willing to talk to you about your choices. I am sending a prayer to you and your son. Im in a similar situation with my son having anxiety/depression with lots of anger. I hope you can find a gentle way to help relieve some of your sons anger whether that be with drugs or not. I hope you all feel better soon.
 

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Hi, have no idea if this will help, but for what it's worth, I was on Risperdal for about a year and didn't notice any severe side effects (I was warned about tardive dyskenisia, but never had it -- only nuisance was some blurred vision at first). However, I was on a low dose (.5 mg) and am an adult -- I honestly don't know the side effect profile with little people.<br><br>
I would not be afraid to get a second opinion -- with psych meds especially it's vital have someone you can trust who is upfront with all information, pro and con.<br><br>
Best of luck to you and your son!
 

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It's not 100% side effect free no drug is. I was told it messes with the body salts. Is your son suddenly craving a lot of salt? When my son was put on it the doc warned us of the salt issue, it also can make kids very sleepy. We were giving it to our son to help him calm down some and sleep, it made him either sleep too much or be more violent so we stopped giving it to him. He was mis-dx'd at the time and I don't think he was on the proper med anyway.
 
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