A young man with CdLS (age 14 and 56 lbs. has a dual diagnosis of CdLS and autism. He is aggressive toward others and self-injurious. Caregiver reports little success with Buspar, Paxil or Tegretol. I am unsure of dosages, amount of time on each medication. Behavior problems are worsening. Is there another medication that the family should try? Rispredall? Naltrexone?
My first recommended drugs for CdLS are Elavil and Clonidine. Naltrexone is really a long-term drug, but it may be worth a try. Risperidone is not a bad choice, but start at a very low dose.
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