Originally Posted by Redhead23
I was wondering if anyone here with HFA or Aspergers (saxgirl for one I know to be on Risperdal) has been taking Risperidone in such low doses, and how it has affected their lives both positively (sensory overload, ability to cope, concentration etc.) as well as negatively (weight gain, other side effects).
My son has been taking Risperdal for a few months now and it's worked well for him. He takes .5 mg in the evenings and .125mg in the mornings. We also give him benedryl to ward off some of the side effects. He also takes Focalin for his ADHD. We realize that this may not be the "perfect" medication regimine for him, but for now it's working a lot better than nothing at all!
The strange thing is, he had been on the Risperdal for a couple of months before we got the AS diagnosis from the school. I took the report to his psychiatrist on the next med check and the psychiatrist said to me;"Why do you think I put him on the Risperdal." I laughed and told him, "Do you mind sharing things like that with me sometimes?" Yes, lax on his part, but at least we started getting answers other than PDD-NOS!