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Tue, 06-08-2010 - 1:30pm

Hi, I have a 9 yr old newly dx with aspergers, and we are still attempting to control adhd with tenex, we just lowered the dose he was acting out way too much.

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Registered: 12-11-2007
In reply to: engiishmuffin
Fri, 06-11-2010 - 1:24pm

Hi there.. My ds is 10 and dx with Aspergers and severe ADHD. He has been on risperdone since he was about 6 or 7 to control mood swings and was on tenex a couple years ago. We honestly didn't see many side affects with the two meds. together, but the tenex didn't work well enough for our ds and it did make his tics more noticeable (finger wiggling, jumping up and down, arm flapping..all of these when anxious or over the top hyper).. We have had him on focalin, adderall(sp?) and a couple other that I can't even remember right now.. He either becomes accustomed to it, or it doesn't make a difference. He is on a low dose Concerta as of now and does pretty well most of the time.. The only reason we put him on the risperdone was because he has a tendency to go from 1 to 10 with anger mode sometimes. The summer is a great time to keep a log of daily behavior and adjust medications( if you decide to) as needed. Maybe plan some trips to test anxiety levels to see how things are going. To be honest, we are going to try to take our son off the mood medication and bump up the concerta a little (just to take the edge off his adhd) There are some really great and experienced gals on the board who might be able to help you and offer you more advice than I do...Good Luck..

BTW.. I happen to have a very loud/bossy 4 year old too..I call mine ds#2..lol.. A drama queen 8 yr old dd, and an almost 2 yr old princess with dimples who just destroyed her brother's leggo creation!! Ain't kids grand!! lol Hang in there!!

Jennifer.. Mom to Pat(10), Autti(8), Timmy(4), and Emily(22 months)
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In reply to: engiishmuffin
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 4:49am

Welcome to the board. I don't have any experience using meds as we have resisted them - we only have a dx of Aspergers and no ADHD though. I am wondering if, as school is out soon and he'll be home more, if you could talk to the psych about getting him off meds for a bit and trying to manage the behaviours as if they were all ASD related? It can be really hard to know what you are dealing with if you haven't known about the Asperger's til now. I know that a lot of behaviours that seemed unmanageable before the diagnosis were a lot more manageable once we understood better about Aspergers, and how it affected Euan - eg anxiety, and violence etc, in certain situations. The meds are not going to make the Aspergers go away and may be masking some of the issues associated with that.


It's just a thought and might be worth discussing with your psych.


Kirsty, mum to Euan (11, Aspergers Syndrome), Rohan (7, NT) and Maeve (4, NT)

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