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My 8 year old son has been on medication for about 3 years now for ADHD and ODD
katiekat413 posted:
He has been on Concerta this entire time with occasional increases. He is presently taking 56 mg of Concerta. He has also been on 15 mg of Abilify for about 6 months. During this 6 months he has been suspended from school about a dozen times and he seems to talk of hurting himself more frequently than I ever remember him doing. I am wondering if this could be the Abilify. Has anyone out there who has a child on Abilify notice it affecting the child in a negative way??

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momuv4girls responded:
Medication is very individual - what works great for one child, may be a disaster for the next child.

My daughter was on Abilify for 2-months, and it was a disaster for her.....she was more anxious, more irritable, and became very angry.

It is very important to take note when a child becomes worse on a medication, especially when he talks of self-harm.

I would call his Psychiatrist today, and schedule an appt. ASAP to discuss other med options.

Take care,
BPdadof3bp replied to momuv4girls's response:
I agree. It varies by child. Genetics play a part (if you are BP and something works for you odds are it will work for your children). As I always say, you ned to find the right Dr. A specialist in children with BP. It makes all the difference.

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