DS (6 yo, ASD) is on a schedule of meds for ADHD and Anxiety. The SSRI (Celexa) we started a week ago at 5 mg, and then one week in we were supposed to increase to 10 mg. On the 5 mg we saw virtually no change. He had a very rough go when we upped to 10 mg. Within a couple hours he was gnashing his teeth and just totally "out of it". Unfortunately it was also Christmas Eve. DH had to practically hold him down in church. He would yell out things and just kept rolling his head around and squinting his eyes. Afterwards was our small family gathering. There were no other kids there, the wifi wasn't working at their house and he was totally antisocial- he wouldn't talk to anyone. At one point he took to rolling around on the floor for like a half hour. He got to sleep late and woke up Christmas morning in the same foul mood. He tore into his presents before anyone woke up (totally unlike him- he's a rule boy and knows better). He didn't show any excitement over anything. Even my Mom, who is a major skeptic, said it seemed like it "stole his joy." Finally he crashed midday and slept for three hours and woke up back to "normal." We went back to 5 mg and he continued with his usual "normal" self.
I know every kid is different, but how would you have handled this? I'm wondering if I should have called the after hours nurses line? They warned me that insurance doesn't cover these calls, and I figured they'd just tell me to dial it back. I don't think this was just an "excitement of the holidays" type of glitch. We meet with his psych in two days and I'm afraid she'll tell me the drug has to settle in and we should try again. Thoughts/opinions? Does this sound familiar to anyone?