These meds seem a bit much to me... Abilify is a pretty potent drug, and Imipramine is a TCA (TCA's are known to cause problems with the heart, and is important that a EKG is conducted to make sure that your son isn't at risk), and Intuniv seems to be some sort of blood pressure medicine with a series of nasty side effects. This really seems like its a bit much, especially when a 9 yr old brain isn't fully developed, and taking the severe side effects into consideration. Often, children respond best to therapy, and is one of the best choices, although I don't know what he suffers from... seems like something on the lines of PTSD and or maybe ADHD, but I might be wrong, just a guess. Anyways, if you haven't tried therapy, I'd really encourage for you to give it a try, and maybe drop some of the meds, depending of course on the situation that is not mentioned.
Good luck, and it is always a bit more risky to have kids on these sorts of drugs, cause it sets them up for long term use, vs. the brain healing itself, something that kids are better at than adults. If your not comfortable with Therapy, then I'd really urge for you to get a second opinion. Hope that this is of some help, and please do remember that I'm not a doctor, just a random guy with a series of my own issues, and also take Abilify and an alpha blocker for c-ptsd.
hi, I don't know the other drugs but abilify I take and its one of those drugs I sware FDA warning... NO ONE under the age 18 is suppose to take it. And yes it sounds a it much to me also. I'd consult another psycisian. Please call your pharmacist on the morning hrs, ok. Sometimes they can help you more than doctors w medicine.
I ran the medicines through the interaction checker and encourage you to do the same. Just click on it up in the blue tool bar, click I agree, and then add his meds. Read about the interactions and management of the interactions paying particular attention to what to watch for as far as symptoms of interactions between the meds.
I agree whole heartedly with the other posts. If it was my child I would have him in therapy and be seeking a second opinion with a psychiatrist that specializes in adolescents. My psychiatrist does specialize in adolescents and addictions and he is extremely knowledgeable about meds. He believes in as few meds as possible.
To find a doctor you can google "adolescent psychiatrist" or google "find a doctor" and plug in the specialty and your zipcode and it will give you a list of doctors in your area.
I wish you the best of luck and keep us posted on how he does,
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