As with any medication, results will vary. Everyone’s mileage will be different. We found that out the hard way with Elliott, our 5 year old Aspie.
Elliott was started on a very low dose of Zoloft for his extreme anxiety.
Elliott began taking 5 mg/day last week. He was on it for a total of 3 days before the doctor pulled him off.
Even at the tiny dose, Elliott had a very negative reaction.
He basically went manic. He was bouncing off the walls, had insomnia and rapid mood swings.
While he was only on the meds for 3 days, it took almost 5 days for his symptoms to subside, at least for the most part. However, during that time, he missed about 4 days of school.
He returned to school yesterday and today. He had really good days according to his teachers. That is a huge relief for me. I was really worried.
I mentioned this the other day but I wanted to bring it up again.
I have heard from so many parents that say their child on the #Autism Spectrum had a very similar reaction. I don’t know if neuro-typical kids experience a similar reaction or whether or not it’s more common amongst kids on the spectrum.
I was contacted by a few adult Autistics as well. There experience with Zoloft has been a negative one to say the very least.
I also heard from other parents that say their child with Autism is on Zoloft and it’s been a life saver.
I find it interesting how vastly different everyone’s experience with this particular medication is.
I don’t know if there is any scientific evidence to back this up but I’d be really curious to see what they would find if they looked into it.
Is Zoloft a bad medication? Absolutely not. Many, many people are aided by this medication every single day. I think I would just exercise caution and talk to you doctor before starting your child on Zoloft, especially if your child is on the Autism Spectrum.
Much like the very nature of Autism, everyone’s experience with Zoloft -or any medication for that matter- will vary.
Until next time………
**Thanks for reading**
-Lost and Tired
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