How many meds, are too many meds??
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|Tue, 05-27-2003 - 1:50pm|
The situation, for me, is difficult because I'm "nobody"....I'm not the child's mother, I'm not a blood relative...I'm just the father's girlfriend. But, I love Justin (my BF's 10 yr. old son) very much, and I'm VERY concerned about him.
Here's the deal....Justin is currently on 3 different medications. He is on concerta for his ADHD, Risperdal (psychotic/schizophrenic symptoms) and Remeron (treats major depression). Most the time he's a walking zombie. The medication is the ONLY "course of treatment" that he's on. I've done some research, neither the Riperdal or the Remeron, have been tested on children under 15 for safety or long-term effects. He's on a double adult starting doseage of the Risperdal. He has been on these medications, for the last 4 years!! He has not been re-evaluated/reassessed periodically (he was being treated by a University hospital at one point, and was stripped of all his meds per their findings, but she just quit going there and found another doctor who would prescribe them)....We live in Michigan,(his mother is on "state aide") which is ranked 3rd in the nation for prescriptions of these kinds of medications.
Justin is a hyper kid....he does have some behavioral issues. But, and I'm not making ANY sort of generalized statement whatsoever....his home-life is anything but stable, there is no structure, his mother has NO idea what she's giving him, she just knows that the pills "make it easier to handle him" and she changes doctor's, like you change underwear....we have repeatedly tried to talk to her about it, but all that does is make it harder for us to see him. His Mom is now talking about starting a daycare out of her house, for this summer....and sending Justin to "Day Camp". (she can care for other kids, but not her own??? Justin had to got to day camp last year...he absolutely HATED it!) My BF works from home, and we've been trying to talk her into letting him stay with us for the summer....we'd like to get a doctor's OK to take him off the medications during this time.
I just think it's horrible what's happening to this child. (His father and I are not particularly "well off"...we can't afford to take her to court)
Does anyone have a child, or know one, that is taking these medications??
I'm sorry to ramble.....just feel like I have no outlet for my concerns.
Thanks for listening.