Risperdal seems to cause aggression
Has anyone else found Risperdal to cause aggressive behaviors in a child? My son is going to be 6 years old this month. He's bipolar with ADHD and has been mostly stable since we added lithium to his regimen of Seroquel, Risperdal and Vyvanse back in March. Our unsolved problem was his terrible aggression in the mornings and evenings when his stimulant wasn't in effect.
A couple weeks ago I accidently ran out of Risperdal and he missed a dose. The next morning he was fabulous! He didn't hit anyone!!! I called his doctor and asked if he thought Risperdal could have been causing the aggression. We decided to try staying off of it for a week to see what happened. We did see a significant reduction in his aggression, but his moods have become unstable. We're going to try increasing his Seroquel rather than bring back the Risperdal. I hope it works! I can't tell you how excited we'll be to get rid of the non-stop hitting in the mornings!!! We have a 3 yr old daughter and a new baby on the way (due in March). It is a serious safety concern for us. He's 49 lbs. and you wouldn't believe how hard he can hit.
The detailed log of my son's bipolar/ADHD history can be found here if you're interested.