Hi there, you are in a position that I was in a few years ago with my son... FEAR
I can totally understand where you are comming from.
My son just turned 15 in September, and is doing better than anyone ever thought possible.
The entire year of 2003 he was so aggressive that he was in and out of the adolesent psych ward @ childrens hospital.Much more in than out. We tried everything med wise,(after I researched the heck of them 1st for side effects,ect...). The med "guinnee pig" routine on your child is heartbreaking to watch, and scary on top of that
We also went through Risperdal,but they had him up to 4mgs per day...zombie, was the result,but the aggression was still present,just rather sluggish and he ended up hurting himself. Zyprexa was before that, great at first, but he eventually maxed out on the dose.The weight gain & diabetes.... not so great.
To make my long story shorter, after trying many
other meds, with near fatal consequenses, on one.... We finally landed on something so simple it's pathetic that he had to go through so much before it was given as an option. Clonidine @ 0.2mgs in the morning,noon and night, with 0.1mgs available as a "PRN". So a total of 0.6mgs per day plus the optional 0.1mg if needed.
Clonidine changed my sons life, and mine. Granted his dose was a bit on the high side for his age, but we had to go by his weight also...
Clonidine is classified as an emergengy anti-hypertensive, it has a "calming effect" because it lowers blood pressure. It wasn't abnormal for him to go from a complete state of rage to alseep in 30 minutes.It also helped him sleep at night - through the night!!!! - Now he doesn't even take anything anymore, he has the Clonidine Rx just in case, but hasn't had to take it since April
I always make the point to state that all meds effect every person differently, and to research them and talk to your doc before just trying something that worked for someone else. But I thought I would share our experiences and what finally worked for my son