Tenex and the Bipolar difficult child....

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by PorcupineWhisperer, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. PorcupineWhisperer

    PorcupineWhisperer New Member

    I was just curious - of those of you who have kids with bipolar disorder, what has been your experience with Tenex?
  2. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Normally, it knocks my difficult child out cold. We can't give a small enough dose to not knock him out. The exception to that was when he was so wild this past winter - then we gave him almost 10 times the dose that normally knocks him out for 14 hours and it didn't even begin to calm him down...
  3. jal

    jal Member

    Our difficult child was originally diagnosis'd BiPolar (BP)/ADHD, but most recently Aspergers. We trialed a combo of Tenex and Straterra to combat ADHD in a non-stimulant way when he was being treated under BiPolar (BP). It did nothing for him.
  4. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Mine tried it while he was still on a stimulant (psychiatrist still wasn't sure what his diagnosis was) and it sent his hypomania into full-blown mania. I can't really say what it would do for him now that he's on a MS and an AP.
  5. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Mine was on it for a very short period of time. It didn't help at all.
  6. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    My boys took Tenex in addition to their stimulant medications to avoid tics. It worked great.

    GFGmom, however, took difficult child off Tenex at the suggestion of a Pediatrician
    who "wasn't familiar with Tenex" and :mad: he ended up in the hospital with blood pressure problems. Tenex is not to be stopped cold turkey but to be weaned down. DDD
  7. PorcupineWhisperer

    PorcupineWhisperer New Member

    Thanks for the feedback. difficult child started Tenex two weeks ago and at first was tired and irritable. His mom was ready to take him off after the first 4 days due to these issues. (Thankfully we started the medication over Spring Break so none of these issues occurred in school). I encouraged mom to give it a week and if things continued to look bad, we would look at other options. Since that time, difficult child has improved dramatically at both home and school. The rages at school have stopped and he is less irritable and oppositional at home. There has been no sign of an increase of manic behaviors that I’ve heard can happen with Tenex. So at this point, I am cautiously optimistic. Currently he is taking 1000 mgs of Depakote, 600mgs of Seraquel and 2mgs of Tenex.

    Keeping my fingers crossed.... :)
  8. jannie

    jannie trying to survive....

    I'm glad to hear that the mom and child are seeing benefits with the tenex. My difficult child was on tenex for about 2 years. It helped with irritablity, impulsivity and frustration.
  9. PorcupineWhisperer

    PorcupineWhisperer New Member

    Two years sounds good! :)