My son is 12 and he takes vyvanse 40mg for ADHD. His psychiatrist believed he is depressed and needed futher evaluation. Now, under 24hr observation and medication evaluation, the doctor where he is wants to give him lexapro 5mg. For one, I am not fond of him getting any medications, and I am not sure about the long term effect it would have on him since he is so young plus, the fact there's not a lot of research that has been done. I do not want to prevent him from getting help, but I also do not want to cause a preventable problem either. Is there other medication options out there for ACUTE depression in children with less side effect and more long term effects data.
The only medication for depression are antidepressants. 5 mg is a small dose and they will watch for side effects. People aren't kept on meds that cause them side effects. The major reason they don't recommend them for kids under 18 is because of the risk of suicide, but he's under 24 hr watch, so that would be taken care of. That risk is when the drug is started.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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