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#1 Buzzy B

Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:33 AM

Sensitive topic for many.
My daughter has been prescribed Lovan to assist with her anxiety. DD is 10. Does anyone here have some helpful websites or feedback on this? Positive or negative. Putting DD on meds scares me no end. Weve tried cousellors psych meditation routines music sports weighted blankets oils crystals breathing books and mountains of love and support to squash this bully. So im really after anyone who has experience with this particular medication.
With love and thanks x
Edited to add...prescribed by a paediatrician

Edited by Buzzy B, 21 March 2020 - 06:35 AM.

#2 gravity1

Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:48 AM

DS15 is on Lovan - he has ASD level 1. It was a bit scary at first. We were warned by the psych that his symptoms of depression/anxiety may initially appear worse during the 6 week adjustment period. This was certainly the case for DS. However, we stuck with it and now he is so much more calm and less anxious. Good luck op.

#3 OceanTwentyFour

Posted 21 March 2020 - 06:52 AM

My 13 year old DS started Lovan last year for anxiety and it has made the world of difference! Having suffered severe anxiety myself and on  Zoloft for it made it easier for me to decide to put him on it.
Please don’t beat yourself up. You are being a great mum by trying to find the best treatment for your child. If she was a diabetic you wouldn’t feel guilty giving her insulin. Mental health is just as important!
It usually takes a few weeks or so to work and as PP said anxiety etc can get worse before it gets better so hang in there. However if you don’t think it’s helping or is making things worse don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s doctor.

Edited by OceanTwentyFour, 21 March 2020 - 06:54 AM.

#4 null

Posted 21 March 2020 - 07:01 AM

My 12 year old boys have been on Lovan for 12 months. Both had debilitating meltdowns almost every day. Now the meltdowns occur about once a week and don't last for as long. At the suggestion of our paed we took them off Lovan for the school holidays and the daily meltdowns returned.

I was hesitant to give them medication too but realised if they had a vitamin deficiency, I would not hesitate to give them a supplement.

On the medication my boys can engage in many more activities they would have otherwise missed our on: education, camping, kayaking, rock climbing, bike riding etc because they simply could not cope with any degree of stress (even excitement). It has opened the world to them that would have otherwise been closed.

It was a tough decision but in the end I couldn't continue to see them in such distress every day.

But I should note it is not magic. We still see child psychiatrists and still need to apply strategies from these sessions. They still require special assistance from the school.

I wish you and your family the best in making this tough decision.

#5 Buzzy B

Posted 21 March 2020 - 07:43 AM

Some pretty wonderful replies. Im very grateful for you sharing this insight. She is on melatonin already and i do see this as like the insulin/diabetic scenario. I too have been on zoloft on and off for 3yrs and it did help a lot. I guess its ok when you decide to take a drug yourself as an adult. Making that decision for a child is overwhelming. Thanks for the insight. Its giving some clarity to the situation.  Thanks so very much.

#6 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 21 March 2020 - 09:07 AM

My child has been on it for about 3 years now. No negative effects as far as I can see, only positive. It's a big decision at the beginning but once you see the desired effects you'll know out was the right one. If you don't see beneficial effects you can always stop it.

#7 *bucket*

Posted 21 March 2020 - 05:56 PM

I resisted medication for my older DS (with ASD), we started him on Lovan when he was in Year 11, and it made a huge difference to him. People who hadn't seen him for a while commented on the changes in him. I really regretted not starting him earlier.

My younger DS was really struggling in Grade 5 and the paediatrician suggested trialling Lovan. I was less hesitant given we had good results with older DS, but still felt that younger DS was a bit young. We went ahead with the trial though and the change was again enormous. DS himself commented that "it was like a big black cloud had lifted" from around him.

I would recommend a trial. As a PP said, if you don't see a difference after a reasonable time, you can always back off it. It isn't something you have to commit to forever. And it may make a significant positive change to child.

#8 Tinky Winky Woo

Posted 21 March 2020 - 08:05 PM

Mine took it for a few months when things were at a heightened state.  It did make a difference and the level of functioning improved.  

Circumstances have changed and we have being able to come off Lovan.

#9 liveworkplay

Posted 21 March 2020 - 08:48 PM

DD (16) is on it. It has totally transformed her life from housebound (except for school) and panic attacks so bad she would sleep for hours after, to coaching and refereeing junior sport, socialising with friends and having a boyfriend!

#10 MeThree

Posted 22 March 2020 - 05:21 PM

I have an almost 20 year old DS with ASD lvl 1 and severe social anxiety that has impacted every area of his life. He started lovan aged 10, and the difference was awesome. A slight hiccup when he started high school, but an increase in dose (he had grown!) had him back functioning again. Mid year 11 he started sliding down hill, then dropped out of school due to debilitating anxiety. He decided he didn't need lovan :(. Ended up on a different SSRI, plugged away for 18ish months while he hid in his room. In the last 9 months of being back on lovan, he has got his P's, a fulltime job (with exDH, but still very hard as we have not be together for 16 years), and can make some phone calls and enter some shops without coaching and company. Isn't up to going out with friends yet, but he will when he's ready. He says he does want to one day.

DD 18...she takes twice as much as her brother. I won't go into her issues here to respect her privacy (DS doesn't mind), but I can sleep now not worrying about her. She also drives and works.

DDog! Takes the same dose as DD. We can now leave without her taking our back door off. She still is nervous and shaky when people come over, but the fear aggresion has gone.

No regrets here.

#11 ytt

Posted 23 March 2020 - 08:33 PM

DS started on Lexpro at about 12 which was great for him, he was on it through his HSC then I convinced him to come off. Worst ever! he started uni and I think he needs to be on it but he won't go back.

DD was put on Lovan in a mental health crisis sadly the medication sent her into mania and confirmed her bipolar diagnosis :(

#12 eliza_non

Posted 23 March 2020 - 08:43 PM

My DD started on Lovan at 7. I struggled with the decision but it worked a treat and was the best thing we did. Honestly, a lifesaver, she thrived within a week of starting. We also used melatonin but were able to cut that down once she started Lovan.

#13 Bandwagon

Posted 24 March 2020 - 12:42 AM

I take it and have done so for at least a year (maybe more). I actually swore I wouldn’t take any ADs after my previous experiences. I take 10mg (low dose) for anxiety and PMDD and I’ll probably never go off it. It had been a life saver for me.

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