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Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Work with doctor: Clonidine and Melatonin are very different drugs, not interchangeable. You need to speak to his doctor about your specific concerns. The doctor may be giving him a particular regiment for a particular reason. Do not play with the medications without involving the supervising doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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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I have high functioning autism but I feel an urge to make weird sounds? Is there a drug for that?

I have high functioning autism but I feel an urge to make weird sounds?  Is there a drug for that?

Tics: You have a good amount of insight into your condition! It is not unusual for kids and adults with HF Autism to make unusual sounds, and have repetitive movements. Whether to treat depends on the amount that these behaviors and urges are affecting you socially. See a good cognitive behavior therapist for starters and see if you can work towards suppressing the behaviors. Meds may follow. ...Read more

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How do you deal with / treat tics associated with autism?

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 more

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My child has high functioning autism but feels an urge to make weird sounds that he can not stop?

One idea: Asperger's / high function autism can run with Tourette's. I have a physician colleague who has this and is easily managed by a specific medication. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of autism?

What are the symptoms of autism?

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 more

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Is autism overdiagnosed?

Is autism overdiagnosed?

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 more

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How common is it for somebody to get autism?

Depends: The current belief is that 1 out of 150 children can be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. However, there is concern that the criteria for autistic spectrum disorder are to broad. ...Read more

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What are some impacts that autism can cause in a person's daily life?

Many, many: Think of how you'd behave if you thought everyone knows what you know, feels the way you feel, & wants to do what you want to do. You couldn't lie, but you couldn't know why people go away sometimes when you're just stating a fact, why they say no when you tell them what to do or why they tell you to do something you don't want to do. If you think in pictures, language is a second language. ...Read more

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Is autism only confined to industrialized nations?

No: Autism has a world wide prevalence of 2-4%. This is true for industrialized countries as well as developing societies. There is a genetic component as well as an environmental one. Even in africa, the incidence is about the same as in europe or us. Iceland has a remarkably increased incidence, the audie of which is not yet clearly understood. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Michael Jacobson
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Clonidine (Definition)

is an alpha 2 adrenergic agonist used in the management of mild to moderate hypertension and as an analgesic in the management ...Read more