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Medication For Teenage Male Autistic Violent Behaviors
It's his decision: Autism or no, it's Junior who has to decide to comply. All teens seem to willfully ignore their parents' good advice. Severe acne calls for isoretinoin, which he may well accept even if he won't use a topical agent; oral antibiotics must be used with a topical. Junior needs to spend time alone with his personal physician, during which time they can talk about acne or whatever. You must let go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more
I have a 7 year old son with high-functioning autism. Is it smart to put him on a drug to improve his behavior?
Meds can help...: ..A lot! autism manifests in various forms, probably has various causes, & is extremely complex to treat. Behavioral & social interventions are important, & increasingly psychoactive medications play an important role. These meds need be carefully selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing such features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. See a true expert& get the right rx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a diet for autistic adults with violent behavior problems which will help them feel more at ease? He is only 18 and goes through very dramatic ups and downs, we think it might be hormones.
Maybe: I know of a book called: special diets for special kids by lewis which may have some suggestions. In general though, the person to whom you are referring may benefit much more by seeing a board certified child psychiatrist. It may be hormones like you say, and that can be addressed as well. Here is a dvd about behavior problems: http://www.Amazon.Com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_16?Url=search-alias%3daps&fi. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Varies: It depends on the cause of hyperactivity. There are many reasons for an ad child to be hyperactive. You, behavioral assistant, speech therapists, pt, teachers, and doctors need to figure out why. If child is chronically ill, frustrated, anxious, in pain, obsessing, he could be hyperactive. There is no one medication to use in a recipe fashion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More functional?YES!: It is extremely complex to treat, but see a true expert for multi-dimensional care & to customize the treatment. Increasingly, psychoactive meds play an important role. Fairly common & non-standard meds need be considered carefully & selected & titrated for the individual, possibly addressing features as anxiety, anger, mood, hyperactivity, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abilify (aripiprazole) 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
My daughter has autism she is 7 she is very repetitive with her speech and behaviour is there any medications that could help this thanks ?
No medication: Although doctors have tried medications thinking these could be related to OCD, there hasn't been much success. The language is due to problems developing original speech, so she relies on phrases that somehow connected with her. The behaviors can be related to sensory needs, a means of self calming or a means of understanding their body and world. Speech and OT can help expand her skills. ...Read more
No, but individuals: with ASD have varied symtoms and medicaions may be useful intreating specific symtpoms, such as hyperactivity or anxiety or aggression with medicaions that are used with other primary disorders, such as anxiety disorder or ADHD. Consultation with a specialist is a medical center may be helpful. ...Read more
An option, for sure: Developmental/behavioral pediatricians, child/adult psychiatrists, & chlid/adult neurologists all manage medications for behavioral & psychiatric disorders in people with autism & other neurodevelopmental disorders. We team with behavioral & social skills therapists, child/adult psychologists/neuropsychologists, educators, slt's & ot's for optimal care. Just ask about the doctor's experience. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Autism meds: Vitamin D and Omega 3 fish oils are helpful. Sometimes extra iron is useful if ferritin is low. Beyond those, everything else is on a case by case basis. Talk to your pediatrician or a developmental pediatrician and/or psychiatrist for other useful meds and supplements for your specific child. ...Read more
A None I'm aware of: Autism, or the expanded spectrum, label placed on kids or adults with behaviors & differences in function that fit a specific pattern. There is no medication that i'm aware of for autism, although many have been tried over the years. Each patient may have individual needs based on testing & exam that would deserve medications. These would be prescribed & monitored on a case by case basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you know if you need medication for depression? I'm having a very difficult time dealing with my son's autism diagnosis.
Symptom severity: Reaction to stressful events begin to resolve, depression does not, so get evaluated. Symptom severity and duration guides approach. Medication is only a part of treatment. Self-care and avoiding isolation are very important. Include: parent/family ASD support and education networks, family counseling/coaching with behavioral focus, moderate daily exercise at least 30 min, daily relaxation? ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are some antiepileptic medications known to cause birth defects or autism in a 22 week pregnancy?
Antiepileptic: Yes, this is something you need to discuss with your ob. Monitoring can be done, to help determine if there are any anomalies.. Do not just stop the medication though, because seizures can cause a bigger problem for the fetus. ...Read more
What medication can a person with petit mal epilepsy if they take Latuda (lurasidone) for their paranoid schizophrenia and autism?
Oooh, good question: The two most commonly prescribed meds for absence (petit mal) epilepsy are ethosuximide and valproate. Both interact with Latuda (lurasidone) by an additive effect of psychomotor retardation (dullness) and risk of depression. This can be managed by slow ramp-up of drugs, clear information of what to look for, and input from famiily/friends about overall function. With dose adjustments both may be managed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on what you mean by violent. If by violent you mean life or limb threatening then you will need to use medication (oral or injectable) to terminate the event. You can also use similar meds to prevent the fits. Teaching self soothing skills and hypnosis can be of value to prevent the fits of rage as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Help needed, I am 23 year old autistic women whose never had any male friends. How do I get more sociable?
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