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Fragile X Syndrome Treatment with Medical Options

Fragile X Syndrome, or Fragile X, doesn’t have any cure with medication or other therapies. But, Fragile X Syndrome can be treated with medical options. Further, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn’t approved any medications or drugs that are specifically for Fragile X treatment or for its causes.

FDA and NICHD approval for Medications

However, in most cases of Fragile X individuals, they will use medication to help treat the symptoms of caused by the syndrome.. The NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) doesn’t support or authorize the use of any medications that is not approved by the FDA for the treatment of symptoms or conditions associated with Fragile X syndrome.

Medication, along with other therapies used to teach behavior or new coping skills, act effectively on the Fragile X individuals. But, not every medication can be helpful for every individual with behavioral symptoms associated with Fragile X.

Thus, doctors usually prescribe different kinds of medication on a trial basis to find out which medicine works best.. Thus, the doctor gets an idea of the kind of medication and the amount of dose for an individual.

Effects of the Medication

Some of the below listed medications may have serious risks when used. Some others may worsen the condition at first, but after several weeks they may become effective. Thus, the doctor needs to find the correct medication and dose for an individual for the effective activity plan. Doctors, caregivers, and the family need to cooperate with each other and make sure that the medication plan is working effectively and is safe.

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S.No.

Symptoms

Generic Medications (Brand Name)

1. Attention deficit (without or with hperactivity)Â Folic acid, Amantadine (Symmetrel), L-acetylcamitine, Nefazodone (Serzone) and Venlafaxine (Effexor), Methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) and Dexamethamphetamine (Dexedrine, Adderall)
2.  Seizures, Mood instability Lithium carbonate, Divalproex (Depakote) or Valproic, Carbamazephine (Tegretol), Lamotrigine (Lamictal), Gabapentin (Neuronton), Primidone and Phenobarbital (Mysoline), Topiramate (Topomax), vigabatrin (Sabril) and Tiagabine (Gabitril)
3. Aggression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Intermittent explosive disorder Olanzepine (Zyprexa), Quetiapine (Seroquel), Risperidone (Risperdal), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac), Citalopram (Celexa) and Sertraline (Zoloft)
4. Sleep disturbances Trazodone, Melatonin
5.  Hyperarousal sensory over-stimulation guanfacine (Tenex), Clonidine (Catapres TTS patches)

The medications listed above are just for reference only and you should never take them without your doctor’s advice. Before taking any medication, it is very important to consult the doctor as he/she will be able to prescribe you the safe and best medication.

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