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Autism Treatment – Respen-A dosages and Autism

Posted on 02 January 2011 by admin

What is Respen-A in Autism Treatment

Now some parents have been asked and been concerned about the fact that Respen-A in autism treatment contains an ingredient that is from a drug, and that is true. The active ingredient in Respen-A is something called Reserpine. Reserpine comes from an Indian herb called snakeroot and the name of it is rauwolfia serpentina. In 1955 the FDA approved Reserpine for the treatment of hypertension. Now Reserpine isn’t really being used for hypertension anymore, or if it is not to a significant degree. There are too many other high blood pressure medications now, but it was approved for that purpose. The dosage range that was used was .1 – .5 mg, the actual amount of Reserpine found in Respen-A is .01 mg so you are talking about 10 to 50 times less Reserpine in Respen-A than was found in the other forms of Reserpine for high blood pressure.

Treatment Dose of Respen-A in Autism Treatment

Now in the Autism community, Respen-A was first introduced around November 2008 and there was a small study that was done tracking some kids over about a year between November 2008 to November 2009. The results were quite promising so a press release was released based on this treatment and parents started using it. Now in 1957 in the Journal of Mental Disorder and Disease, there was actually a study that was using Reserpine in a group of Autistic children. They were using an oral elixir between 3 – 7 mg as a dose. Now think about that, the treatment dose for hypertension through the FDA approval was .1 – .5 mg in this journal back in 1957 they were using 3 – 7 mg as an oral elixir in Autism. And what they found was in these groups of kids much better communication from the verbal standpoint, eye contact, much less self stimulatory behavior, better socialization, improved general awareness, willingness to play, willingness to socialize, etc. The same types of things we are seeing who are doing the Respen-A therapy and honestly the same types of things I see with other therapies like Methyl B-12.

Some kids in autism treatment have side effects of excessive sleepiness, some have dry mouths, nothing that was too significant. When they pushed the doses upwards of 10 – 12 mg some kids started to take on some adverse neurological behaviors, kids sort of manifesting like with Parkinson’s and Parkinsonian’s type symptoms. But again we are talking between 200, 300 – 700 times the amount that was actually used in that research study back in 1957 and what’s being used today through the Respen-A patch. So the dosage ranges are not even close but the overall benefit that’s being seen is. So again the eye contact, the socialization, the general awareness, the improvement in speech quality, that appropriateness of speech, the deliberateness of speech those are the main things that I have seen in my practice in biomedical autism treatment. So I want to get that out there because there has been a lot of misconception about what Respen-A does in autism treatment and when comparing the actual amount of Reserpine in Respen-A to the amount that was in medications for high blood pressure and even the amount that was used in the earlier study in 1957.

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