Anyone's child taking Metadate?

Maleia - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My daughter has tried Focalin and Concerta and now the doc has prescribed Metadate. Focalin all but made her stop eating. She all the sudden could no longer swallow the Concerta pill (she's 8), so he went with Metadate b/c it's a capsule that can be opened and spread over yogurt or applesausce. I haven't filled the Metadate RX hoping to control with diet and supplements, but I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle with the school. Her teacher is not equipped to deal with ADHD students and keeps isolating my daughter.....I keep saying just 3 more months of school...

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Holly - posted on 11/20/2011

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This message is directed at Sammantha Boen. I do take offense to what you said. Most parents are not using meds to make it easier for themselves or for the teacher. Every child is different and if you can deal with your daughter just fine than that's great. I have tried everything with him. Counseling, positivite reinforcement, tudors, diet, doctors, everything! Which, I believe most parents do before tryings meds as a last resort. I would watch my child battle with everyday activities and cry because he knew something wasn't right. He didn't want to get yeld at or pointed out because of his impulsiveness and hyperactivity but physically could not stop himself. Every child is different and you should not catagorize people for chosing this method for their child. I was always against meds also, thought that ADHD was something that was created by the medical and insurance agencies. Wow, was I wrong. You look at things differently when your child actually has it. With all that said, I advise you to actually educate yourself about the subject you are commenting on befor you do.

Michele - posted on 07/14/2009

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My son was put on metadate first, and thank heavens, it has worked for him. He has no side effects, it doesn't effect his appitite, and no problems with sleeping, or any of the other things that they warn you about. We actually just increased his dosage to twenty milligrams, and he is doing FANTASTIC!!!! i have noticed such adifference, especially since we increased his dosage. He no longer has the increased frustration in the early evening, when the last dosage (10mg) would start to wear off. He really is doing wonderful. I even notice a difference in the way he talks. It is almost like it helps him to actually be able to think clearly for the first time in his life. He is also able to stay on task much better, he of course still needs some guidence, but i no longer need to constantly be redirecting him, or reminding him what it was the he was doing, and ......now i am starting to see a bit of self motivation in him....which he NEVER posessed prior to this medication. It really took me almost two years of counciling, and a whole gammit of testing and such to make the desicion to try the meds. I am so glad that i did, because i have a whole new child thanks to the Metadate CR. I highly recommend it. (on the premis that ever child IS different, and it may not have the same results for your child)....but as i said, we had great sucess, and i hope that if you choose to try it, that it works as well for you as it did for us! :)

Rachelle - posted on 02/11/2012

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Wonderful for you and your daughter. It's nice to hear that you life is going so well for you. If you think for a minute that any of these parents on this blog are happy and convinced by giving there children meds so that they can reach their full potential in school you are delusional. If you tool the time to read these blogs. The parents are doing nothing but trying to help their children and are spending alot of time of research and money on meds that you only give your child for 3 days then have to switch. So I have to tell you that your insensitive ,crunchy granolia, opinion is very offensive.



Don't forget god created people who made these medications for a reason (and they probably had to take adhd meds to reach there full potential )and I am thankful.

Richelle - posted on 03/22/2009

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My friends daughter was put on Metadate for the exact reasons your daughter was and she said it has made a world of difference.  My advice is to fill it and try it, we think we are doing our children a favor by trying to avoid the meds but the reaity is we ar most likely compounding the problem by adding frustration with themselves to their already full plate.

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Hi Meleia, I have a 10 yr old son who is on metadate. He does well on it. He was prevously taking vyvanse. We had good results, but changed because of the cost. Prescriptions aren't covered by our health insurance. We switched to Metatate because it's less expensive. The two main side affects of any of the meds for ADD/ADHD are 1-insomnia (we use melatonin) and 2-loss of appetite. For the loss of appetite our doctor has prescribed Cyproheptad which stimulates the appetite. You might want to discuss this with your pharmacist or doctor to see if it might be an option for you.

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Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2014

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It's not about "dealing" with children with ADHD or ADD. It's about helping children focus so that they can be successful. My daughter had ADHD and I swore we would not put her on medicine. That being said, she is on medicine for two reasons. One - she is able to concentrate and is learning now. Two- she feels better about herself because she is getting good grades and not getting corrected all the time for being off task. She is no longer sad and frustrated.

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2014

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Does your daughter have ADHD? Or ADD?
If not, kindly do some research and don't post about something that you have no experience with.

Fernie - posted on 04/16/2014

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Melissa,

So glad your daughter can function without medication. I have gone through the same path as most of the moms in this blog have gone. We do not choose to medicate our children, we all I am sure have tried all available resources to make our children function in this society. It is very sad that you come to a blog to preach about something you are not familiar with. Please refrained yourself of your criticism because it is not easy for us to watch our children struggle.

Karen - posted on 10/31/2013

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My 8 year old son (soon to be 9) was put on Metadate shortly after school got out this past summer. Last year was the worst year of his life in school. There was an anal retentive teacher who refused to deal with children who had any type of behavioral problems and would constantly degrade them in front of their class and take things away from them like lunch in the lunch room, recess, or specials like art, music and gym class. She never sat down with my kid to address anything and would always take the other teacher;s pet students words over my son's - ALL THE TIME. He was doing so/so in school during the initial part of the year, then dropped grades at the end of the year. It was a very bitter end to that school year.

We had been seeing a few doctors and psychologists during those last two months who had given us their opinions and diagnosed him with ADHD and with oppositional defiance disorder that was instigated through what happened at school with the teachers and principals. The school counselor and doctors all spoke and created a modified behavioral program for him so that he is not put through the ringer any more as he was during the prior year. They indicated that "now he is under multiple doctor's care for a behavioral disorder" so they basically could not act and react to him the way they did before and they HAD to stop labeling him as "the bad boy" of the school.

We started the metadate 10 mg during the summer while he was taking swimming lessons and a few other side fun learning classes and he did pretty well. We took a family vacation on the other side of the country at the end of the summer which did not go so well. Yes we kept him on the meds but he was just out of bounds. Very defiant and hateful at times. He was difficult to deal with almost all the hours he was awake. When we came back I took him off metadate for about 3 days and called the doctors to explain what had happened and how defiant and out of control he was. They said to put him back on the metadate, so we did.

We are a few months into the school year. He started off pretty much great at home and in the classroom. He does some after school language classes elsewhere twice a week. He was doing well there too. A few weeks ago he started again on the defiance train. We need to constantly ask him to do things at home. I am exhausted. His teacher after school those two days a week is exhausted. He tires us all out, parents, grandparents, etc., with his constant mean and negative behavior and always telling us that we hate him because we raise our voices after he doesn't do what he is told (we tell him about 10-12 times).

His appetite is very bad. He is an extremely fussy eater as is. With the metadate it's become worse. He doesn't eat lunch at school and has lost some weight. When we go out to eat we have to pick restaurants that offer plain spaghetti (not other pasta because he won't eat it) and french fries (not steak fries or fries with skin or fries with spices on them). He does pick at his nails and he is starting to do this thing where he repeats something that someone said that made him laugh. He repeats it many times per day for many days. We tell him that it's not funny any more and that people think that is wrong and bothers them - he doesn't care, he repeats it and laughs, by himself.

I may ask the doctor if I can give him 2 capsules for a few days, to see if anything improves. We are having a very difficult time. I am often in tears asking God to intervene and help light the right path for my son and for all of us to help him in the right way.

Andrea - posted on 03/26/2013

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My 9 year old son has been on Metadate CD 20 mg for about 2 years. It has dramatically helped his ability to focus in school. He's much calmer and less impulsive during the time he's on it. I can't imagine his school day without it.
Unfortunately, we now have an issue with growth. He was always average or tall on the charts and now is in the 10th % for height. Bone growth x-ray showing he has 6 year old bones. Has anyone encountered this?
Also has terrible case of psoriasis--no one can say it's connected but I wonder?
Any feedback would be very appreciated-- thank you

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2012

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We tried a variety of meds for a while. Most of them gave my son pretty severe side effects. The Medadate though, actually had zero effect on his behavior... and the side effect was that he seemed sad or depressed. I figured that was the last straw and we haven't used any meds in 2 years. Good Luck!

Rachelle - posted on 02/11/2012

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Hi I am sorry to hear about your Daughter. My 6 year old daughter just started Medadate 10mg ( after yvyanse, intuniv, and concerta). She has remained on the intuniv 1mg at night which helps with the physical portion of her ADHD. We needed to move her to a short acting med for class focus. It seems to be OK she has become a little emotional. Tears over something little but not agitated like on yvyanse. So far so good. But what I wanted to also mention is that my daughters teacher is not very interested in helping her. Has told me at my daughters IEP meeting(which I recorded). That the student next to her helps her, the parent helper helps her, or she just doesn't do the work. I was not happy with hearing that ( because that's what happened to me in the 70's) and I went to the director of resource for our school district and told her what the teacher told me and formally requested an aid for my daughter. A lot can happen over the next 3 months. I am not a go to the school office and scream at the principal person. I just want my child to learn one new thing everyday and feel confident doing it. Good luck.

KATRINA - posted on 07/22/2009

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MY 8 YEAR OLD SON HAS ADHD AND WAS ON METADATE AND FOCALIN AND 2 OTHER TYPES OF MEDS...I STOPPED THE MEDS ALTOGETHER WHEN HE STOPPED EATING AND LOSING A LOT OF WEIGHT AND WALKING AROUND LIKE A ZOMBIE AND SPENDS HIS TIME SLEEPING AND NOT TO MENTION HIS MORE RECENT DIAGNOSIS OF OPPOSTIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER WAS OUTWEIGHING THE ADHD...BUT NOW HE'S IN A BEHAVIORAL CLASS SETTING WITH TEACHERS THAT ARE TRAINED TO DEAL WITH HIM AND INTENSE THERAPY FOR HIS BEHAVIOR...SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

Velta - posted on 07/18/2009

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my son is 6 and has been on metadate 10mg for months now. his eating goes in and out some days he is more hungry then others. He too use to eat all the time. I have not seen any side affects from the medication. he has calmed down alot. the nice thing is that this drug does not stay in his system so if we want to not give it a day or two we do. I must say that I can tell when it hasnt been given.. he is so much calmer while on it.

Shannon - posted on 07/18/2009

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my son is nine and he and he takes medadate but he don't take it two times a day or anything like that. But i haven't seen any problems with with him his meds. (cause he started taking in 2006).

Sammantha - posted on 07/17/2009

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why are we just concentrating on meds?? Have we tried positive reinforcement, replacement therapy, encouraging their creative little minds? I am new on this site, and just looking around a bit. I appreciate my daughter just as God made her, and I would not entertain such a cop out as putting her on meds, just to pacify myself or a teacher. Believe me, I have worked alot with my daughter, and it does take alot of patience, but at least she is not medicated and actually has interest in lots of things.....oh and her appetite is just fine!

Thanks----sorry to offend, it all just hit me the wrong way....

December - posted on 07/12/2009

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Yes, my 9 year old son was put on it nad within 2 days had a reaction to it. So i really do not have much to add there, but he is responding positively to ritalin.

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Hi Marleia, I have a 9 yr old son who has ADHD. He's been on various medications. The one that we had the best results with was vyvanse. When David couldn't swallow a pill, we'd give it to him in a small dish of ice cream. Our insurance doesn't cover RX, so when he got to where he could swallow a pill we switched him to Metadate. (It's about $100 cheaper/month.) The 2 main side affects of taking meds for ADHD are insomnia and loss of appetite. For the insomnia we give melatonin about 30 min before bed. The dr perscribed another med to help with the loss of appetite. It's called cyproheptad. We tried diet modification and herbal suppliments before we started medications. We didn't notice any positive changes in behavior until we started with the meds.

Sara - posted on 05/25/2009

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My son has been on 10 mg of metadate for a month. He was on Aderall RX10 before this. The Aderall 10 was too much and the metadate doesn't seem to work for very long. He goes back to the Dr. tomorrow, and he's gonna be getting another adjustment in the meds. His teacher has at least 2 other kids in her class with ADHD and I can't imagine how hard it is for her to deal with the behavior of these kids while she's trying to teach all the other kids. I will keep with the meds as long as it takes to get it right. I understand how frustrating it can be when the school gets after you, mine has when we noticed the Aderall problems. My husband told me and it makes sence that if the teacher has to keep being interuppted and having to correct my son that it's taking learning time away from the other children.

Jari - posted on 03/26/2009

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Quoting Jari:

I understand!! My son is 8 and on medadate now. We just started it about 3 months ago. It lasts about 4 hours in his system so he takes it 2 times a day. My son has dylexsia ,add ,and SI. Our son also has low iron. I didn't realize that many children with add/adhd have low iron. Our doctor has been very helpful!!   One of the side effects he has had to the medicine is biting or picking at his fingers. 


 

Jari - posted on 03/26/2009

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I understand!! My son is 8 and on medadate now. We just started it about 3 months ago. It lasts about 4 hours in his system so he takes it 2 times a day. My son has dylexsia and add and SI. OUr son has low iron. I didn't realize that many children with add/adhd have low iron. Our doctor has been very helpful!!

Sandra - posted on 03/25/2009

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Ask yourself if it is that your child's teacher is not equipped to deal with ADHD or just does not want to deal. My son has been on so many meds that it isn't funny, done the metadate, concerta, the patch, vyvansoe(sp), another one or two that I can't remember now he is on stratera. Some school teachers I have found are not willing to deal with a child with ADHD.

Tinna - posted on 03/17/2009

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My son took metadate and had terrible hallucinations and violent outbreaks! Please watch your child closely and any no matter how small the change is in behavior call ur dr. Tc wish you luck

Dawn - posted on 03/11/2009

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My 7 year old daughter just started Metadate on Feb 28th. So far I have noticed positive improvements. Her eating habits have slowed down a bit, but she was a CONSTANT eater, so I'm not too concerned at this point. So far we have not noticed any side effects.

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