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What medication would be effective in combination with therapy in treating oppositional defiant disorder? therapy alone isn't working. which meds help

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Dr. Emma Rishton
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Psychiatric Eval: Starting medication is a big step. Get a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If medication is the next step you want to be sure it is monitored. Talk to the therapist about your concerns, it might be helpful to try something different in therapy and/or more sessions. Groups can be helpful for both parents and children. Best wishes and good luck.
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Guanfacine is a good adjuvant to stimulants in case of defiant and disruptive disorder. Sometimes some mood stabilizers like lamictal, depakote or tegretol may be effective.
Jan 29, 2014

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