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    Old 02-06-2004, 02:58 AM   #1
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    Question Low-dose Risperidone (Risperdal) in HFA and Asperger's

    Hi,

    I have recently had my diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome confirmed and the specialist reckons that a very low (.5-1 mg/day) dose of Risperidone might help me with anxiety and sensory overload (I often don't even grasp WHAT it is that overloads me, I just fog up or get a panic attack when my brain overloads from too much visual, auditory or tactile input).

    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).
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    Old 02-06-2004, 06:27 PM   #2
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    Re: Low-dose Risperidone (Risperdal) in HFA and Asperger's

    My son has been tacking it for several years. He is 13. Once he began taking it with ritilin .5 x 3 pr/day it curbed his weight gain and insaitiable appetite. With out it he becomes easily fustrated. The docs told us that it just slows his responses down enough so he can think and choose instead of react. He also has anxiety issues. -meme

     
    Old 02-15-2004, 02:10 AM   #3
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    Re: Low-dose Risperidone (Risperdal) in HFA and Asperger's

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    Hi,

    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!

     
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