Autism Treatment – Respen-A dosages and Autism

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There are some parents who have questions and concerns over the fact that an ingredient in Respen-A comes from a drug. The active ingredient in Respen-A is Reserpine and it comes from an Indian herb named rauwolfia serpentine. It is also called snakeroot. Reserpine was approved in 1955 by the FDA for use in treating hypertension. Today however, we do not see the use of Reserpine to treat hypertension, at least not to a large degree. So even though it was approved for that, there are many other medications used now to treat high blood pressure. And the dosage amounts are very different as well, in Respen-A the dosage is .01 mg, which is 10 – 50 times less than the dose for high blood pressure. That dosage range was between .1 - .5 mg.

The first introduction of Respen-A into the Autism community was in November 2008. A small study was done to observe some children over the course of a year from November 2008 to November 2009. A press release was issued after the results were found to be quite promising, then other parents began using it for their children. The 1957 Journal of Mental Disorders and Disease has a study that was performed on children with Autism using Reserpine. The study used an oral elixir with a dosage ranging from 3 mg to 7 mg. If you will recall, the FDA approved use of Reserpine for hypertension was at dosages in the .1 to .5 mg range, this oral dose was much higher at 3 mg to 7 mg. The findings reported that the children using Reserpine made improvements in many areas. There was better eye contact, less self stimulatory behavior, improved verbal communication, increased socialization, improved general awareness, more willingness to play and socialize, etc. And these improvements that we see in children using Respen-A are, to be honest, the same types of things that I see in patients using other therapies such as Methyl B-12.

There have been some side effects, none too significant, reported by children such as dry mouth or excessive sleepiness. However when the doses were pushed upwards of 10 – 12 mg, then the children began to manifest some negative neurological behaviors, similar to Parkinson’s type symptoms. The 1957 study used doses that are much higher than today’s dose in Respen-A patches, like 200 – 700 times less. But while the dosage in Respen-A is not even close to the dose used in the study, many of the positive changes we are seeing are. What I am seeing in patients in my practice using Respen-A is better eye contact, better overall awareness, improved socialization, and improvements in speech in the areas of speech quality, appropriateness and deliberateness. And this information is important in terms of the dosages used in the 1957 study, the dosages used to treat high blood pressure and the dosages used in Respen-A. I feel like there is a misconception out there and wanted to share this information with you.

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