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Agitation in autism: People with autism run understandable he easily frustrated due to their difficulty verbalizing their needs wants and desires. They also get frustrated due to misunderstanding social cues or missing the social cues altogether. The two current approved medications for agitation in autism are whispered all, and abilify. These should be managed by a clinician with a good understanding of both medications and the condition itself. Sometimes an antidepressant can be helpful. If adhd symptoms are present, sometimes the adhd medications can be beneficial making sure that the person with autism gets good sleep is also helpful and melatonin works quite well for that in autism.Best wishes. ...Read more
Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic with a unique mechanism of action. As with most atypical agents it is probably prescribed more often for mood disorders than psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia). It's associated with fewer movement side effects (eps) than the typical antipsychotics. It's unique mechanism of action is that it both stimulates ...Read more
My son has autism. He is not a picky eater however he will not sit to eat. Sometimes I have to feed him to get him to eat. What can I do about this?
Behavioral therpay: A little compromise, reward mechanism and positive feedback helps. For example, if the autistic child likes a certain activity or desert, one can use those as a positive reinforcement tool. A reward mechanism is created where the child knows he or she will get rewarded after the meal is completed. One on one consultation with a behavior therapist can provide many tools. You are a good mom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Abilify for symptoms: In my experience, Abilify (aripiprazole) can often ameliorate the irritability of some children who have a diagnosis of autism. Suramin, used for years as an anti protozoan agent, has shown some promise in mice for reversing some aspects of a theoretic cause of autism and is apparently now in human clinical trials. Perhaps this is what you had in mind when asking about a new autism medication. ...Read more
Medication if Needed: There are several medications that can be helpful for tics, and you would want to disucss this with your physician. However, tics often come and go on their own, so it is often helpful to watch for a period of time to see how much of a problem the tics are causing, especially in social settings. Also, if the person is on meds, you need to consider whether those meds might be causing the tics. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Early intervention,: Intensive, repetitive behavioral interventions geared to developmental age, like the early start denver model & applied behavioral analysis, improve outcomes greatly, especially if started before age 2. Adult-facilitated therapy with 1-2 neurotypical peers in multiple situations @ age 3-5 & social skills group t@ age 6 & > also help. Speech/language & occupational therapy are often needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They can be at times: Risperdal which is an antipsychotic is one of the only drugs currently with fda approval for use in patients with autism, including children. It is used for aggressive behavior, whether it be towards others or self injurious as well as for mood swings. It can be effective but is not without side effects such as weight gain and uncontrollable muscle movements. Others are used but are off label. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I've heard someone with autism is more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. What can be done?
Yes, it's true: Anxiety that drives " avoidance" behaviors in young children with ad remains an issue for all, whether high- or low-functioning. .Depression begins in teens who are high-functioning when they feel "something's wrong with me & i can't fix it." zoloft or Prozac can be used in tiny doses increased slowly to avoid agitation. Abilify or Risperdal can be used in small, split doses. Dosing is key. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can you tell me about the antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of irritability associated with autism?
2 neuroleptics are: FDA-approved for irritability in kids age 6-17 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Abilify & Risperdal. They also help with the anxiety that often drives aggressive & "oppositional" behaviors. We discuss drug interactions & side effects before prescribing. Though doses are far lower than for Bipolar Disorder, we monitor liver functions, lipids, prolactin level, glucose, insulin levels & weight. ...Read more
ASD: Due to wide range of symptoms, in 2013 , it is called autism spectrum disorder.Early diagnosis is important. It can help make gains in language and social skills. ASD affects mainly 3 different areas. Social interaction communication(verbal and nonverbal) behaviors and interests. Please see a good child developmental pediatric specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It can be: I have several kids in my practice that carried the ASD (autism spectrum disorder) label while young were really just late talkers and have gone on to function well. Part of the difficulty is created by the lack of a definitive test (like a broken leg on x ray) and the need schools have to label a child in some way to justify the special tutoring or instruction they receive. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more
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