Friday, March 5, 2010

Starting Tenex

After about 2 1/2 years of monitoring our son’s behaviors our doctor prescribed Tenex to help our son control his impulses and explosive behavior. They felt his brain was too sensitive to stimulus, which would cause an overreaction of the “fight or flight” response in the part of the brain called the amygdala. This medication, which originally was created for high blood pressure in adults, was proven to be effective in helping kids with impulses and rage.

We were impressed with the immediate changes. Our son wasn’t as explosive as he use to be and the frequency of the rages had reduced. It was amazing to us to see such big changes from such a small pill. The only side effect that he felt was sleepiness in the beginning, but after his body got use to it, he seemed to be free of side effects.

I wish that was where our story ended, but unfortunately, after about 6 months, it was clear that my son needed much more help with his violent outbursts, anxiety, impulses and sleep problems.

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