My daughter (age 6) was prescribed Daytrana (a nightmare), then tenex (no effect) then Risperidone (current med) for her undiagnosed behavior issues. Temper tantrums, rages, non-compliance, general nastiness, hyperactive whatever you want to call it.
The Risperidone seemed to work after about a month (went from .25 mg to .5 mg a day). However now the doctor is convinced that because it worked, she is bipolar (we have no family history of any kind of mental illness at all). We are seeking other opinions.
Bottom line -- we are afriad of the side effects and possible long term damage when we haven't even seen a psychiatrist yet. (psychologist, ped, and behavioral ped thus far) They all think we DONT need to go the psych route nor do we need any tests done.
So we've decided to take her off the risperidone and start from scratch with therapy.
The doctor is not returning my calls -- how do I wean her off from this? She's only been on it for 6 weeks, only 2 weeks at the current dose.