Son Can No Longer Take any AP's or Stimulants
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Q:  Son Can No Longer Take any AP's or Stimulants

My son is 7 years old. He was diagnosed with ADHD at age 3 then BP and ODD at age 5 1/2. He was in acute care last fall b/c of med problems. He started with full body movements that could not be stopped. At that time he was on foclin 30mg,risperdal 2 or 3mg (can't remember and i don't have my med list by me), and I think depakote. Well anyways he started with the eyes rolling back and his mouth on one side down. Kinda like a stroke. So his pdoc stopped the risperdal and it got worse. He started with the full body movements. Not your typical eps. He reminded me of someone with severe parkinsons. So his neorologist said to put him back on the risperdal and put him in acute care, so I did. He was there for 30 days. Got out was so-so. Put in residental care in Feb. and was there for 7 1/2  months. He just got out at the end of Sept. Now he can't take any AP's or stimulants. So my question is why this would happen. He did so good on them until last fall when all this started.


Dear Jill --
I am very sorry to hear how this has gone for your son, and you. All the more so because this is so obviously complex, I fear I have little to offer. I am glad that you understand about typical "extrapyramidal symptoms" (EPS) -- which is not easy to learn about -- and how that was an important consideration in this series of events.

The fact that someone has recommended that he not take any more antipsychotics, or stimulants, suggests that the conclusion (at least that person's conclusion) was that the problem had something to do with your son's dopamine system. Perhaps that doctor has a particular syndrome in mind leading to this recommendation, or perhaps it is simply based on the fact that both of these medications affect that neurotransmitter.

I hope things go more smoothly from here --
Dr. Phelps

Published December, 2007


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