The past few weeks have been a roller coaster. ADHD clinic have been having a very difficult time with finding a good medication for my son. He has tried biphentin, vyvance, clonodine but suffered bad tics with stimulant meds. Changed out clonodine for risperadone, went to Intuniv and slowly added a small dose of adderall. He was an angry boy with constant meltdowns and tantrums. He has gained weight and was growing breasts.
Two weeks ago at his usual soccer practice, he had bad heart palpitations and tachacardia. After 3 episodes in 30 minutes, I took him straight to the hospital. No episodes in hospital and ECG looked ok. Referred to cardiac clinic. Another ECG, holter monitor for 24 hours and 6 weeks with a small recording device in case of further heart issues.
In the meantime, we took him off adderall. No more heart episodes since adderall discontinuation. Also, angry boy is gone. Only meltdowns happen when he is overtired! Clinic is unconvinced that the medication was the cause of the heart problem. Addressed the breast issue. Apparently a side effect of risperadone. Prolactin levels were high so we are titrating him off the risperadone. We have a new prescription for an increase of Intuniv.
I am tired of this pharmaceutical merry-go-round! I am not going to add in another dose of Intuniv until I see what happens when the other med comes out of his system. I feel like the child is overmedicated in a desperate attempt to make him fit into the school's required compliance - but how can you tell what is going on when they are on SO many meds. This is so frustrating!