Risperidone (brand name Risperdal) is generally used to treat schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.
Well, one of the good things about Risperdal is that it comes in a liquid form and is apparently easily hidden in juice etc.
Graham was on Risperdal for quite a while without any side effects. As he is approaching puberty, we took him off of it and now he's on a low dose of Seroquel. It definitely helped him while he was on it.
Medicating your child is always a scary thing - not any easy choice at all. Ask about your other choices if you have concerns about Risperdal. There may be some other ideas.
Sorry you're in this predicament. Anxiety can be a tough thing to address....especially when it starts to happen around the medication itself.
Andrea, mom to
Graham Miles Anson
If your worried about the weight gain, see about trying abilify first. It seems to be a similar drug to risperadol without the weight gain. Chris did gain alot of weight on risperadol, then we moved to abilify and although it was much slower, he still gained weight. We stopped because of the weight gain.
For my other son he had 0 weight gain, but his problem was it stopped working after 6 months and also he was complaining because he was always tired. Not good for a very very smart kid in school. He hated it.
Just curious, did her zoloft dose change at all? Different amount of pills or different shape?
With both my boys, whenever a doc changes things (like visual) regarding a med, my boys refuse. So what I do is everynight, at the same time I walk up with the pills in my hand. They refuse and I allow. Buy the time the 4th or 5th night comes they are so used to the change that they give in and take it.
Just a thought.