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Old 01-14-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Autism Meltdown-Hyperactivity help

My son will be 6yrs old in June. He has been diagnoses of having autism. He is a very smart kid, loves electronics, mostly touch screen. But when he has a meltdown, its very hard to control sometimes. Mostly over one of his sisters playing with an toy that he knows is his or even a toy that is his sister (but being electronic). I recently took him to a specialist who prescribed him a medicine to help calm him, hes been on it for a week and I have seen no change. Hes also very hyperactive, doesnt ever slow down unless its night time when I give him his prescription sleep aid since melatonin just doesnt work for him. I dont like having to keep my son on prescriptions but I know he needs some slow down somewhere and I just dont have the strength to keep up. Hes always tearing something up, have to keep an eye on him esp in public and i also have two other smaller children to take care of. I just dont know what to do or how to control him. Any suggestions? Anything work with your child? Im open to ideas.

 
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Autism Meltdown-Hyperactivity help

If it's fluoxetine your son is on, be patient. It can take more than a week to kick in, and it takes even longer to see the full effect. We had a great response to fluoxetine with our almost-6 boy w/ASD. His outbursts became shorter and less severe; the medication gave him time to think about his actions, listen to his teachers, and calm himself down. We've had to increase the dosage a couple of times, but since he's not showing any side effects, we're okay with that. One thing we found is that melatonin with fluoxetine was a BAD idea. No matter how small a dosage we used, it seemed to counteract the fluoxetine. On the fluoxetine it takes him a little longer to get to sleep. Another thing we found is that it's very important to give him the medication at the same time each day; it's less effective if the dosing time varies by more than half an hour.

 
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