We're weaning Tristan off the Tenex!!

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We're weaning Tristan off the Tenex!!
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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 2:43pm
Yippie!!! After 13 months, the psych. has decided to begin weaning Tristan off the Tenex!! (he is currently at two 1mg pills a day, plus his Abilify once a day) We had an appt last night with the psych., and she feels that he will be better suited with just the one dose of Abilify, which she plans on dosing higher - working him up to 15mg, once a day. (he is currently on 7.5mg, working on 10mg next, with the final step up to 15mg)



ONE PILL A DAY!!!! That will be it! He has to wean off the Tenex since it *is* a heart medication, but by the time school starts in a few weeks, he should be down to only one pill a day -- I so pray this works out for him!! I mean, he takes his meds like a champ, but I know he hates it. (even more so that I despise dosing it out to him all the time!)

Anyway, just had to share with you all!!

~Carrie

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 4:02pm
Hi Carrie,

How is he reacting to going off the Tenex. When we took Justin off his Tenex he was so HyPeR!!!! It was insane! He is still a bit wired,and he's still on his Adderall. I don't know if it was just how his body reacted to it or what. He was running around the house for 2-3 days like he had just consumed a whole bag of sugar. He's a bit better now. Uggh.

Good luck!

Angie

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 5:33pm
He got hyper ON the Tenex?!?!?? OMG, with Tristan on it, he's almost like a zombie!! That's a major point in why we want him away from it. Since it's (really) for high blood pressure, it slows things down. Once we give him his 2nd pill at dinner time, if he isn't doing something to keep him alert and active, he goes to sleep! It could be 5pm, and if he isn't at the playground or actively reading, etc., we'll find him asleep on the couch.....or even in bed!!

We never really liked the idea of the Tenex at all, but agreed with the psych about it, "just to see how it goes....we can always change it later." Well, over a year later she finally agrees with us! I think the Abilify is going to do just the trick for him once we get him up to the 15mg once a day.

I just can't wait to say *Buh-Bye* to the Tenex once and for all!!! ROFL


~Carrie

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Tue, 08-19-2003 - 10:15pm
No, he got hyper when we took him off the Tenex. :o)

He's worse now than when he went on it. He is slowly getting better every day (less hyper) I tell ya this kid is bonkers when he's not on something. He HAS to at least be on the Adderall.

So, basically what I wanted to know was, did he get hyper when you took him off the Tenex?

Thanks

Angie

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 3:39am
Hoo Hoo! One pill a day sounds great! I'm not a big fan of putting kids on meds, but I DO know they are needed sometimes. Yeah for Tristan! (and for Mom, who won't have to keep track of so many anymore) :)

Candes

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 9:12am
Ahhhhhhh........gotcha' now!! LOL

Don't know how he is going to react once completely off the Tenex. We just starte weaning him off early this week. Going from two whole pills a day, to a 1/2 in the morning and a whole at night for 3days...to 1/2 in the morning, 1/2 at night for 4 days....to 1/2 pill in the morning for 4 days....then nothing. That should hopefully do it. Will keep you updated about how he reacts!

~Carrie

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 10:40am
Well Carrie, I think I know what happened with us. The psych told us to stop taking it. So I wonder if he should have been weened off it like Tristan is. UGGGH I will have to discuss this issue with psych next visit.

Justin is about back to "his normal" now. The hyperness has worn off.

Angie