Im scared to switch my son to Risperdal...
Hello, I am new to this group-but not new to cafemom.
my son, first dx w ADHD/ODD at 4. Hes now six, 7 in September. He has now been re-dxed as aspergers.. He is aggressive, often violent, swears like a pirate,hes negative and has anxiety and many mood swings. He had a horrible last yr in 1st grade, and is being held back in first, my decision. He is very smart-but very immature and non compliant. He has trouble reading, mainly because we cant motivate him too and his also has speecgh difficulties, which he sees a therapist for.
He had been on Ability and Tenex for quite some time. This summer has been tough. Still emotional as can be, and easily set off. Dr. has recommended to switch the abilify to risperdal, starting at .25 mg at night for a few days,then .25 in morning and then again at night. He was at 10 mg of abilify. She didnt want to increase the ablifiy, as it was a high dose for a 6, almost 7 yr old wieghing 64 lbs. His therapist, thinks he needs a new medication=and also thinks my son;s definatly has a mood disorder.
I researched the Risperdal, and now im scared to give it to him. Im worried about the long term side effects, and side effects that dont go away. He stutters now, and the med is supposed to possibly help, but i have read that sometime it causes tics that dont go away, or facial and muscle spasms. I know he needs somehting to help w the aggression, mood stablization and to make him overal more happy.
But what if one of these things happen to him????? Im so scared that im going to hurt him by giving it to him or that something long term will happen to him. I hate to medicate, but got comfortable w the Ablify n Tenex.. . And now im going through the tough emotions wondering if im doing the right thing. he was prescribed it 3 days ago, and i have yet to switch him.
Does anyone have any experience w the med? please let me know!