A friend has a young child that receives a daily dose of lexapro. He has talked about killing his bus driver because she picks on him. He also has anxiety, odd and ocd. I am trying to help her out in finding information on whether or not lexapro is the best choice of medication for her child because we don't have the best counselors or psy dr.'s in our town.
Antidepressants carry a warning aqainst use with young people because of the increased chance of suicidality. The literature states the follwoing:
"Lexapro is used to treat anxiety in adults and major depressive disorder in adults and adolescents who are at least 12 years old." and
"WARNINGS: SUICIDALITY AND ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS
Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Anyone considering the use of Lexapro or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need.
Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older. Depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves associated with increases in the risk of suicide. Patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, or unusual changes in behavior. Families and caregivers should be advised of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber. Lexapro is not approved for use in pediatric patients less than 12 years of age."
Unless the benefits are outweighing the risks, the use of Lexapro is not recommended for a child of 10 yrs old.
When my son was younger his Dr did a trial on a different antidepressant (he has ADHD and anxiety) Zoloft and it put him into a manic phase-he just went berserk and was trying to climb out onto roofs from a second story patio and all kinds of really severe behavior. I'm not sure that I would be too worried about the bus driver thing-kids say that kind of thing and maybe she does pick on him. My son went through the same with a bus driver and she DID pick on him so now someone drives him and picks him up every day.
Hello there. A tad late in answering your question. I'll just add this, get hold of his doctor. Hes most certainly having a severe reaction to it. This could even become dangerous. If you can't get hold of his doctor, I'd take him to the nearest hospital. Or your friend I should say. Psychiatric drugs for the young children and older adults can be a very tricky business and needs to be closely monitered. Very best to you.
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