Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 201703

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Adderol RX and Tiagabine HCI Combo

Posted by Shelly Monica on February 18, 2003, at 21:34:53

My son takes 40 mgs of Adderall RX Daily. (He is 14)
Recently, they added Tiagabine 3x a day (4mgs each.
The reasoning is that he gets angry and argues with his grandparents. (Normal, adolescent arguing.) My son lived with me for 13 years and never exhibited any out of the ordinary anger problems. I attribute his current "anger" problems to being a teenager i.e. arguing because he wants to play video games on the weekend etc.
My point and question is: Is this a normal drug combination? I looked this drug up and it states its for Epilepsy or Anti convulsants. He does not have seizures, nor does he have epilepsy. I am very worried about this need his grandparents have to medicate him when he is not being "perfect."
(He was not on any ADHD medications for 13 years, he started those about 3 months ago as well.)
Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated to this worried mom!

 

Re: Adderol RX and Tiagabine HCI Combo Shelly Monica

Posted by Ritch on February 19, 2003, at 9:18:40

In reply to Adderol RX and Tiagabine HCI Combo, posted by Shelly Monica on February 18, 2003, at 21:34:53

> My son takes 40 mgs of Adderall RX Daily. (He is 14)
> Recently, they added Tiagabine 3x a day (4mgs each.
> The reasoning is that he gets angry and argues with his grandparents. (Normal, adolescent arguing.) My son lived with me for 13 years and never exhibited any out of the ordinary anger problems. I attribute his current "anger" problems to being a teenager i.e. arguing because he wants to play video games on the weekend etc.
> My point and question is: Is this a normal drug combination? I looked this drug up and it states its for Epilepsy or Anti convulsants. He does not have seizures, nor does he have epilepsy. I am very worried about this need his grandparents have to medicate him when he is not being "perfect."
> (He was not on any ADHD medications for 13 years, he started those about 3 months ago as well.)
> Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated to this worried mom!
>

I'm assuming your son is seeing a psychiatrist not a PCP? Tiagabine is being used lately to treat anxiety and to treat bipolar disorder (off label use). I would ask his doctor directly if they think he has bipolar disorder or not. Tiagabine isn't a "first-line" medication for bipolar (if that's the case) and it may not work very well. The stimulants *may* also worsen his problems if he has bipolar. I would confront his doctor about the true diagnosis. I have bipolar and ADHD and tried Tiagabine and found it to be of little help for ADHD.


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