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Autistic child taking Abilify. Has mood swings. Sleeping after taking Clonidine. Help

I have an autistic child who was on abilify.... worked well now dr decided to change he now exhibits all the mood swings and bad behavior that the abilify helped with the new medication just seems to sedate him he sleeps or naps then is up and doing what did before.... started him on clonidine not working .......cant he go back to the abilify or start a drug that has the same type of classifications that helps with dopamine and serotonin receptor or partial agonism in the brain is there suck a drug becides abilify???
Asked On : Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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Aripiprazole is a second generation anti psychotic used in treatment for aggression and irritability in autism . It is relatively well tolerated and do not have any major long term side effects, so discuss it with your treating physician about the reason for discontinuing aripiprazole, and if there are no observed side effects you can ask to restart it.
Clonidine is also used for the treatment of autism but the effects are variable from patients to patient and is more effective in hyperactivity . Along with drugs you should start him on behavioral and educational therapy which will help him with aggression and communication issues.
Dr Sanghanayak Meshram.
Answered: Fri, 21 Jun 2013
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