Looking for info about autism

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Registered: 05-30-2003
Looking for info about autism
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Wed, 06-04-2003 - 1:14pm
Has anyone had any experiance with zyprexa and adderall? The doc has given these drugs to my grandaughter and I am nervous about her taking such drugs. She is only six and her teacher was complaining about her behavior in school. She knows what is being said to her but her verbal skills are not very good. I get the impression that her behavior is linked to her not being understood when she tries to tell people something. When I have her we do pretty well together. I give her my undivided attention which she seems to soak up like a sponge. I have done some reading about these drugs and what I don't understand is the reason for them ,seeing how they are anti-schicotic(sp)drugs. She is autistic not the other. Any help would be appreciated.
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Registered: 06-25-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 11:24pm
Hi,

It's hard to comment when there is so little history, but drugs are usually the last resort, when everything else fails.

Has your granddaughter been getting any help from the school district for her language and behavior problems? (You may be right that they are related. Very often language problems cause behavior problems as the kids act out in sheer frustration). If she has been gettign speech therapy and special Education services and they are failing, it is probably time to give her more services, or to look at other options (such as a modified diet) then to resort to drugs. I personally feel that six is too young to throw up your hands and say that every other option has been tried and has failed.

I'm not in the medical field. I'm just a mom, but I know that Adderall is usually used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) -not autism. I dont know anything about the other drug. Unless she is a textbook, clinical candidate for both drugs, I wouldn't accept them. If she isn't a clear candidate, this implies that they don't exactly know the effect it will have. In effect; they are experimenting to see if this may work. Bad bad bad.

-Paula

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Registered: 07-31-2003
Thu, 07-31-2003 - 10:57pm
Hi, My son was on zyprexa for ahile. He has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (which is a form of autism). You are right about what type of drug it is. My son's doc gave it to him to relax and "turn off his brain" at night so he could sleep. After awhile, we saw that it would help him to relax, but the main side effect we saw was a tremendous amount of weight gain and increased appetite. We kept him on it for about 10 months, but after so much weight gain, we took him off of it. I felt that if really all it was doing was allowing him to get a good night sleep, an over the counter sleep aid could do the same and may be gentler. I am not a great advocate of drugs, but I hope what I have told you helps. Good Luck and God Bless.
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Registered: 05-30-2003
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 12:04pm
Hi Chris,

Thanks for responding. I have not been on the board for a while so I apologize for the late responce. Did you try the over counter sleep aid? and if you did was it helpful?? I too do not like the drug aspect. From what I have read they have not even done tests on zyprexa to see what it does to children. I think that should be considered criminal. I do not think our children should be used as guinea pigs....nannie