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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   ok. hi. My son is 9 years old and he is autistic and functional was doing well last year with his Dan supplements. this year however he has become more irritable and annoys people. He has difficulty concentrating at school because of these ticks. don't want to give him risperdal. can I give him GABA and how much a day. and inositol? epson salt creams. How much GABA can I begin with?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hello
User :   How much GABA can I give him a day?
Doctor :   I would consider in managing him in conservative methods than going for GABA
User :   such as and why not GABA?
Doctor :   structured teaching, speech and language therapy, social skills therapy,
User :   We are already doing this.
Doctor :   GABA is a new intervention
Doctor :   was it advised by a professional ?
User :   I have read that it doesn't have bad side effects. I saw it was recommended for irritability in an artical.
Doctor :   yes, over dosing may produce undue psychiatric side effects
User :   what amount is considered overdose
Doctor :   May i know his weight and height ?
User :   he is 30 kilos average height.
Doctor :   And what dose are you giving now ?
User :   I am using kirkman's 80 to 150 mg a day with inosital at 10 mg with niachinamide is that ok for starters?
Doctor :   yes, very much ok
Doctor :   the dose should not exceed more than 500mg per day
User :   can I increase the dosage over time
Doctor :   if exeeds more than 500mg he can have sideeffects
User :   ok how long can i give him this supplement wwhat side effects should i watch for
Doctor :   Tingling sensation around the neck , alteration in breathing patterns, altered heart rate though not serious
Doctor :   has to be watched for the above
User :   ok can he take it for a long while
Doctor :   And the dosage course depends on the grade of autism
User :   what time is best before a meal or after in morning or at night
Doctor :   well its not harmful unless he shows sideeffects
Doctor :   Night is the best time
User :   any other side effect
Doctor :   After food is ok
Doctor :   very rarely it can have sedation effect
Doctor :   hence night dose considered safe
User :   he seems a bit better now but i don't know how much to increase it to
Doctor :   you get slowly increase over a month by 250mg per day
Doctor :   i mean if you can divide the tablet
Doctor :   go for one 1 tab 150mg
User :   morning and night ok in two doses doing 150 now
Doctor :   followed by 1 1/2 tab of 150mg
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   I am sorry i meant 250mg per dose
User :   can I divide the 150 mg capsule into two doses
Doctor :   after 11/2 of 150mg , you can straight away go to a 250mg tab twice a day morning and night
Doctor :   yes, you can
Doctor :   its not a tough job , just take care that the dose do not exceed 500mg per dose
User :   ok thanks. can i give him epson salt cream or are the baths better or magnesium sulphate cram
Doctor :   yes,
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