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.