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Does strattera (atomoxetine) calm you down?

Does strattera (atomoxetine) calm you down?

Possibly: Straterra is typically used in adhd. In that regard it can help with focusing. But it is not typically used just to 'calm your nerves.'. ...Read more

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He wants benzos. Would giving him over-the-counter GABA help or hurt him?

He wants benzos. Would giving him over-the-counter GABA help or hurt him?

Anxiety: Sounds like whoever he is, he is battling anxiety. SInce I cannot prescribe meds, I cannot answer that part of your question, but I can ask, would he consider psychotherapy? Meds plus psychotherapy is the most optimal combination for battling, and hopefully one day conquering anxiety. Meds alone do not solve anything. ...Read more

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Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

Giving Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to a child to make them sleep, what systems shuting down w/overdose?

Wrong: There is nothing to compare with normal child's sleep. It is the most tranquil form of sleep. Find out why your child cannot sleep for it is definitely abnormal and indicates an irritable nervous system. ...Read more

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My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

Maybe: Tv and video games are geared for a 4 second attention span. Most 2 year olds have longer attention spans than that. The 4 second attention span keeps your son alert via a neural reflex. It also lowers his attention span for the real world. Research states of those who watch 1 hour a day 9% will lower their attention span to add levels. 2 hours lowers 18% and 3 hrs 27%. Limit both to 45 min/day. ...Read more

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Does taking fish-oil tablets help calm down frustrated tweens?

Does taking fish-oil tablets help calm down frustrated tweens?

Not known: There have been many studies in recently years looking at cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, depression, alzheimer's dsease etc..And many more subject matters, but i don't believe there are any result for this particular area--frustrated teens! the supplement won't hurt, but i would suggesting getting him evaluated/treated by a doc, therapist etc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Can intuniv be used for asperger's / emotional meltdowns/ violent thoughts?

Can intuniv be used for asperger's / emotional meltdowns/ violent thoughts?

Perhaps: This is more difficult than it seems. All autism spectrum disorders are not alike. Looking at functional brain scans[spect} has taught us this important lesson. Thus, all aspergers folks will not respond to therapy the same way.. In general guanfacine[intuniv] helps many but may have to be combined with Oxcarbazepine [trileptal] or tegretol to achieve the outcome you describe.Functionalbrain scan. ...Read more

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Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Why does an autistic child headbangs, rocking, twirling, spinning and hand flapping?

Typical symptoms: Autism is a biochemical disorder and these symptoms are typical of a sick brain. You need to see a physician who has been trained by "defeat autism now". The headquarters of the organizaion is in san diego and they cangive you directions. ...Read more

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Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Yes,for some: This medication is related to Adrenalin, the stress chemical that makes your heart race and increases alertness. It generally has less stimulant effect, but for some, hyper-alertness and a rapid heart rate, not due to the asthma, is common after a treatment. ...Read more

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What are suggested ways to calm yourself down/release stress, pain and anger?

What are suggested ways to calm yourself down/release stress, pain and anger?

Two possibilities: 1) an excellent self-help book is feeling good by david burns, md. You can learn helpful cognitive tip to calm yourself. 2) psychotherapy can also help. You can find a psychologist close to you here: locator.Apa.Org/ make sure you feel comfortable and safe with the person and then go to work to learn more about yourself and what triggers your stress, pain and anger. Take care, . ...Read more

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If strattera (atomoxetine) doesn't work, will intuniv?

If strattera (atomoxetine) doesn't work, will intuniv?

It may: All treatment of adhd is individualized. Strattera (atomoxetine) (a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) and Intuniv (an Alpha 2a agonist) work in different ways to accomplish the same goal of alleviating symptoms of adhd. Strattera (atomoxetine) may take a while to achieve full effect. Intuniv tends to work quicker. Work with your presriber and also learn non-medication strategies of adhd. Best regards. ...Read more

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Toddler, 2+ yrs is unable to speak but has great nonverbal communication and understanding. Is the toddler clumsy due to inward facing toes?

Toddler, 2+ yrs is unable to speak but has great nonverbal communication and understanding. Is the toddler clumsy due to inward facing toes?

No: In toeing is very common and is easily treated by custom orthotics. The toddler does have a tendency to trip since the feet will hit the legs and trip them up. This is in no way or shape a sing of clumsiness. See a podiatrist as this can easily be taken care of. ...Read more

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My son w/ADHD can't tolerate Vyvanse or Concerta (irritability/rages) or Clonidine (extreme fatigue). What to try next? Straterra? Intuiv? Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

My son w/ADHD can't tolerate Vyvanse or Concerta (irritability/rages) or Clonidine (extreme fatigue).  What to try next?  Straterra? Intuiv? Focalin (dexmethylphenidate)?

Testing for meds: A small percentage of patients with ADHD will be non-stimulant responders but I question the diagnosis when I see an atypical response to stimulants. Ask your MD about a MilleniumPGT saliva test to evaluate your child's genetic responses to a variety of psych meds to help narrow down the next choice. http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/Parents-Caregivers-of-Children-with-ADHD/Evaluation-and-Treatment/ADHD-Medications-An-Overview.aspx ...Read more

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4mo baby wants the feeding bottle all the time as she's awake.If i refuse she starts crying &gets so fussy.Spitting &colic.How to organize her feeding?

4mo baby wants the feeding bottle all the time as she's awake.If i refuse she starts crying &gets so fussy.Spitting &colic.How to organize her feeding?

Need more info to be: However it's unusual for a four month or two cluster feed, we usually see that a newborns and one-month-olds or less. I would be concerned about the child's weight and would go and get an appointment for a weight check. ...Read more

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What can i use to calm a hyperactive toddler on a flight? He hates to be held or confined and will just scream and struggle. Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) an option?

What can i use to calm a hyperactive toddler on a flight? He hates to be held or confined and will just scream and struggle. Is polaramine (dexchlorpheniramine maleate) an option?

Diphenhydramine : Would be an option. You might try a dose before you travel. Some children become hyperactive on that medication rather than sleepy. Your doctor can give you a weight based dose. All the best. ...Read more

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My son is taking phenobarb for 1yr now. Lately dr. Presqribed him guanfacine to control his behaver and temper and to reduce phenobarb. Is this good?

My son is taking phenobarb for 1yr  now. Lately dr. Presqribed him guanfacine to control his behaver and temper and to reduce phenobarb. Is this good?

Okay: Clonidine can help with sleep and aggression, i presume your son is on phenobarb for seizures? Be careful of rebound hypertension when weaning off clonidine. His behavior problems may improve when weaned off phenobarb at 2 yrs. ...Read more

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Hyland's nerve tonic and Zoloft (sertraline) if ok?

Hyland's nerve tonic and Zoloft (sertraline) if ok?

"Nerve tonic"?: Hyland's Nerve Tonic is completely safe because it's worthless. It does absolutely nothing. The notion of "nerve tonics" is TOTALLY bogus. During the bad old freewheeling unregulated days before the FDA, the traveling medicine shows, magnetic healers, herbalists & snake-oil salesmen peddled "nerve tonics" & other useless nostrums to a gullible public. You're buying a bottle of expensive placebos. ...Read more

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What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

What's an effective way to train or discipline autistic child?

Different Strokes...: Each autistic child is so different, that this question needs to be asked of your therapist , in order to design a unique plan for your child. ...Read more

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He couldn't fall sleep and he keeps crying in pm 7-8 everyday, how to make him stop crying and help him fall sleep?

He couldn't fall sleep and  he  keeps crying  in pm 7-8  everyday, how to make him stop crying and help him fall sleep?

The question is: whether it's medical or behavioral, if he is 5- 6 mos. or older or overstimulation if < 5 mos. Have a consistent bedtime & routine; in low light, read, rock, feed, brush his teeth or wipe out his mouth. Put him in his crib in his own room drowsy, but awake, without bottle or pacifier, to self-calm to sleep. Have his pediatrician do a check-up. See the AAP's HealthyChildren.org for tips on sleep. ...Read more

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