Use of Risperdal for Aspergers and PDD is not FDA approved
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Risperdal (Risperidone) is an antipsychotic drug developed, tested, approved and used to treatment disorganized or psychotic thinking in adults. Extrapolating from use with adults, it is prescribed as an “ Off-label” (not FDA approved) use for Autistic Spectrum Disorders such as aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in children.
For a discussion of the wisdom of this extrapolation read see article, Doctors Dilemma on this website.
Use with children has not been established:
Hong Chen, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Hershey Medical Center; Christopher A. Petersen, M.D.
Risperdal has also been linked to Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS), stroke and Tardive Dyskinesia. There have been 37 reports of stroke or stroke-like events, including 16 deaths linked to Risperdal. In April 2003, Johnson & Johnson sent warning letters to U.S. Physicians citing the drug’s elevated risk of stroke in elderly patients.
NMS is a potentially fatal syndrome involving muscle rigidity, and irregular blood pressure and irregular pulse. Tardive Dyskinesia is a central nervous system disorder, which results in involuntary movement of the limbs and twitching of the face and tongue.
This medicine may make it more difficult for your body to keep a constant temperature.
Use extra care not to become overheated during exercise or hot weather while you are taking this medicine, since overheating may result in heatstroke. Hot baths or saunas may make you feel dizzy or faint while you are taking this medicine. Also, use extra care not to become too cold while you are taking risperidone. If you become too cold, you may feel drowsy, confused, or clumsy.
In other words, you should ask you physician a lot of questions before you agree to put your child on this drug.
18 to 60 years of age, 1mg two times daily.
Over 60 years of age, 0.5mg two times daily, increased cautiously in one week intervals.
Increases: 1mg increase after two days and another 1mg on the third day, for a total of 3mg 2 times daily.
Maximum: 6mg in 24 hours.
Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium should not be taken one hour before taking this drug and never right after.
Rare: Dizziness, racing heartbeat / palpitations, weakness, sexual problems, restlessness, skin rash, seizures, low white blood cell count, tremors, involuntary facial / tongue movements, or reduced urinary output.
See physician always: Low blood pressure, dizziness, racing heartbeat / palpitations, weakness, sexual problems, restlessness, skin rash, stiffness, seizures, low white blood cell count, tremors, reduced urinary output, difficulty urinating, involuntary facial / tongue movements, or nasal irritation / stuffiness.
See physician if severe: Blurred vision, constipation, dry mouth, Lethargy / sleepiness, or weight gain.
Check with your physician if you are taking central nervous system depressants like antihistamines, hay fever medicines, sedatives, narcotics, anesthetics, barbiturates, or muscle relaxants. Also check with your physician if you are taking a vasodilator (drug that dilate blood vessels.)
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