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01/12/2009 07:42 PM

Medicines for ADHD For a child With Autism

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My son had Autism and ADHD. I am seeking information on giving him medication. He is hyper at school. His teachers indicate his great potential but his hyper activeness in inhibiting him from reaching his full potential. Also recently at home, he has become eratic and sometimes difficult to calm down. Does anyone have any suggestions.

Post edited by: JoshuasMom1, at: 01/12/2009 19:45


01/12/2009 08:08 PM

My son, who is now in 2nd grade, is on Focalin XR 10 mg. It is a stimulant. We tried the non-stimulants first, Tenex and Strattera, but did not have any luck. They actually made our son very withdrawn and depressed. When we tried Adderall, WOW, he had his best day at school and was so proud of himself.

Because our son is finiky about eating and with Adderall he lost some weight, we discontinued. There was a new drug that we tried (can't think of the name right now, but it is one that the doctors loved because it was a stimulant but because of how the body processed it, it couldn't be abused). Bad drug for us. Even more withdrawn and self-hatred emerged.

Then we tried Focalin and have had great success. The XR (extended release) has been great to use. Unlike the Adderall, our son did not have the afternoon "crash".

Every child is different - good luck.

01/12/2009 10:13 PM

The meds depend on which disorder needs controlling,and what issues he neds help with.

If you are thnking of using ritalin thn you should be careful about using any other meds with it,

Atomoxetine (Strattera) - This is the first official FDA approved, non-stimulant medication for ADHD (as suggested above, other nonstimulants have been used "off-label"Wink. This medication seems to block norepinephrine receptors in the brain (resulting in increased norepinephrine production), which increases attention and controls hyperactivity and impulsivity. Although Strattera is used frequently to treat ADHD, studies suggest that its overall effectiveness is not as great as stimulants.

Clonidine (Catapress or Dixarit) - The medication is usually used to treat high blood pressure but has been used for individuals with ADHD to help them better manage frustration, as well as reduce angry outbursts and violent behavior. Clonidine is often used for ADHD in children who have tics, in combination with a stimulant medication. It can be particularly helpful for children with tendencies to over focus, or become absorbed in a specific activity. This medication is thought to work by inhibiting the release of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine in certain parts of the brain . People with heart disease should not use Clonidine because the lowered blood pressure can present additional risks. The medication can also exacerbate depressive symptoms.

Stimulants, such as Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate CD, Focalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, and Daytrana

Atomoxetine (Strattera), an approved nonstimulant medication for children, teens, and adults with ADHD

The following medications are sometimes tried if symptoms persist after initial treatment with one of the above medications. These medications are usually not used in younger children.

Antihypertensives, such as Catapres and Tenex, which may be used to treat aggression and impulsivity not controlled by ADHD medications

Antidepressants, such as bupropion (for example, Wellbutrin)


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