10 Yr Old Taking 2 Mgs Risperdal 2 Xs Daily


i am quite worried about a hospital my son is in. He is 10 yrs old and was taken there on bad judjement he made by taking a air gun(unloaded) to school to protect himself from some neighborhood bullies. He has been kept there against our will, because dfs got involved and threatened to take him from us if we did not let him go there to be evaluated. He is still there after 3 weeks and counting, after we have asked them to let him go in his local doctors care. I saw him today, they have him on risperdal 2mg 2 xs daily and depacote 375 mg 2 xs daily. He is severely slurred in his speech and very sleepy and Im very scared what they are doing to him. They are diagnosing him with bi polar disorder, and I truely believe that he is a healthy boy who has been a victim to his environment, picked on by others ect....has trouble focusing in school so they first labeled him adhd and was put on several different medications.....now bi polar? Im scared and worried about what they are trying to say about my son. I would like to take a holistic approach to his treatment instead of pumping him up with drugs. It's obvious he is being overdosed and yet they have left him there without a doctors care all weekend to be medicated on this dosage. Anybody who has knowledge of holistic medicine, or just any advice i would greatly appreciate it.

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Sorry to hear, Hope your son is doing better now and back home. My son has been bullied for many years and just got stabbed with a pencil in the Heart. The SCHOOL still refuses to admit there is an ISSUE. Bully's create VICTIMS who- when they fight back ALWAYS get caught and punished/drugged/jailed. Never the BULLY. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!

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Wow, Bev, I am very sorry to hear what you are going through. we had a similar problem with our son, but thankfully his new school in MD took care of the problem and did something. Can you switch schools or perhaps call a lawyer?

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I understnd what you are feeling. My grandon17, is on a group home because of emotional issues and they are forcing him to take these pills also, They have made them feel like commiting suicide, he has had fainting spells but no ne will takle him off thepills. I am currtnly in ouc with Cf and told them I am going t cal tTV station or an investigation unless they respond to my questions. It is like they are uinthese kids for drug guinea pigs.

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•Antimanic Agent
Antipsychotic Agent, Atypical
What key warnings should I know about before giving this medicine to child?
•This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with child's healthcare provider.
Is it safe for my child to take this medicine?
•Not if your child has an allergy to risperidone or any other part of this medicine.
•Be sure to let healthcare provider know if your child has any allergies or reactions to medicine, food preservatives, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected your child. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
Why does my child need this medicine?
•This medicine is used to treat behavior problems.
•This medicine is used to treat schizophrenia.
•This medicine is used to treat autism.
•This medicine is used to treat Tourette's syndrome.
How does this medicine work?
Risperidone helps clear your child's thinking.
•It works on improving social interactions, mood, expression of mood, as well as, delusions, paranoia, and appearance.
How is this medicine given?
•To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
•Give this medicine at a similar time of day.
•Give this medicine with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
•Oral-disintegrating tablet:
•A liquid (solution) is available if your child cannot swallow pills.
•Children who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.
•Liquid may be mixed with 1/2 cup of water, lowfat milk, or orange juice.
•Measure liquid doses carefully. Use measuring device that comes with the medicine. If none is available, get an oral syringe, a medicine dropper, a medicine spoon, or a medicine cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
How long does this medicine take to work?
•Your child may start feeling better several weeks after starting this medicine.
•It may take 6 weeks to see the full effect.
What do I do if my child misses a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
•Give a missed dose as soon as possible.
•If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your child's regular schedule.
•Do not give a double dose or extra doses.
•Do not change dose or stop your child's medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
What safety measures should I take while my child is using this medicine?
•If your child has diabetes, talk with healthcare provider.
•If your child has kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
•If your child has liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.
•If your child has PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products contain phenylalanine.
•If your child has seizures, talk with healthcare provider.
•Check your child's medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
•Avoid giving your child other medicines and natural products that slow actions and reactions.
•This medicine may cause your child to be less alert. Have your child avoid tasks or activities that require alertness. These include playing (for example, riding a bicycle, rollerblading, contact sports) or using items that require concentration or coordination (for example, scissors, lawnmower, electric scooters, or toy cars). Your child's activities should be closely monitored until you see how this medicine affects him/her. School work may be more difficult for your child to focus on and complete.
•Be careful in hot weather. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine?
•Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred vision, or a change in thinking clearly. Have your child avoid tasks or activities that require alertness or clear vision until you see how this medicine affects him/her.
•Feeling dizzy. Rising slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position is recommended. Children should be extra careful climbing stairs.
•Blurred vision. Have your child use caution when doing activities that require clear vision.
•Nervous and excitable.
Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals and frequent mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
•Weight gain.
•Inability to sleep.
•Drooling, especially when sleeping.
•High blood sugar. Usually reverses when stopped.
What should I monitor?
•Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
•For the occurrence of side effects.
•Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider.
•Follow up with healthcare provider.
When should I call my child's healthcare provider?
•If any of this information causes you to be concerned, any of the common side effects occur, or if your child's symptoms do not improve after taking this medicine.
•If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
•If your child shows signs of a life-threatening reaction, call healthcare provider or emergency department immediately. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child exhibits any other unusual behavior.
•If your child shows signs of severe dizziness or passes out.
•If your child has difficulty breathing.
•If your child has difficulty swallowing.
•If your child has shakiness, difficulty moving around, or stiffness.

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So sorry about your grandson. Since I assume he's 18 now, is he out? and how is he doing now?
asking because I have a daughter-in-law who was in that situation from around 16-18 then turned out and taken off all her meds. Not sure if she should have been on them but pretty even if not you don't just take them away just like that.

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sorry- pretty "sure" don't just take off drugs just like that

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This is very scary and concerning! You need help from another doctor to 'work the system'. Such as your son's pediatrician - who can refer you to a child psychiatrist in private practice who you can consult with and who can act in your son's and your behalf.
I'm not sure what state you are in, but laws are very specific - the hospital has to have very clear reasons legally to hold your son for this long involuntarily - a mental health eval should not take 3 weeks! I agree with the person who said you may need to get an attorney if this doesn't resolve quickly!
Good luck!

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Leah, note - this was 2 yrs. ago - I, too, was hoping for more info. I do agree with your statement, however. My concern was he considered to have a severe mental disorder, in which case he may never have been allowed to be placed back under his parents care only, which bipolar can be considered

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Donna, Thanks, I hadn't checked the date of the original post. I wonder what happened. Does sound like the parent was being kept 'in the dark' and wasn't getting sound guidance. Leah

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I just read this post, and I am outraged. I do not for one minute believe a 3-week stay is necessary for an evaluation. Furthermore, risperdone is not a first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. It's generally used as a 2nd resort after Lithium or the anti-siezure meds are tried first. I think the help you need(ed) would come from a good lawyer, not us. Best of luck. Hope you sued their ass and won!

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This needs to stop, expressions and such are able and ready for everyone our energy shadow light is the true understanding. As our true selfs is in and why and for evereything, I was held in a hospital and people did not treat ME nicely and not even let me talk and had to go to court to not take meds then Ordered for one YEAR! to take meds... no choice, this needs to stop. everything can be understood and everyone Including doctors need a belief for beliefs or else always....the slammer and pills we get like genius pigs. I was treated un failiry within care all for things I did at home and parents wanted help. Well i got help and learned a lot about truth and people's Hearts. The same I did to get in their the doc's do as their choices upon Innocent people.

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PS me again! I was just joking my mom dad when they argue " do you need drugs? I think so!" seriously not!
so Ps i wish the courts system had a alternative treatment program they Trusted, obviously do not and 1 year court ordered just since I reached level of..Court. by the way had a panic attack twice and had to go to the hospital. Good luck out there.

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