Any moms out there with children on medication for ADHD? I need some advice!

Lisa - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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The Drs. keep giving me various meds for my 9 yr old son. I'm not sure he has ADHD! The meds make him more hyper and irrate! Please give me ur experiences with this if you have any, Thanks!

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Joni - posted on 11/17/2009

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I see there are many different responses here. My son is 9 yrs old and was diagnosed with high functioning autism, adhd and bipolar. We tried numerous medications and we are still in that battle and probably always will be. Stimulants don't work for my child so the doctor put my son on Tenex for adhd..Clonidine is pretty much the same as tenex but it didn't work as well for my son. He also takes Invega and Keppra. My son has really violent behaviors if he isn't taking medication or on the right medication. I tried diet and it didn't work at all. My next step is going to see if he has any food allergies. He also had in home behavioral therapy that didn't do a thing for him either. His school does ABA therapy but they are finding out that my son is too smart for their redirections. He can outsmart them with it. So the only thing that works for us is a combination of medication. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 11/17/2009

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Hello. My son took Focalin for a year until he started learning to spit the meds out. We then tried Daytrana which is a patch and doesn't mess with their appetite as bad. After learning to remove the patch, we are now taking Vyvanse. From what my sons doctors have said, if the meds make the problem worse, then the child probably doesn't fit that ailment.

BRANDI - posted on 11/17/2009

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i do not agree with the medication that they give for adhd. bacically u are giving ur child meth. what ive heard is... if the meds dont work, ur child is not adhd.

Joyce - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son is 9 years old and has the ADHD combid (attention defecit, hyperactivity, and impulse control issues). We tried to go without medicine.. That was not fun... We tried GFCF with him and it didn't do a thing, our child with autism made many improvements and he still on that diet, but Jeremy we just didn't see real change. We tried changing other things. The things you must look at is is there an UNDERLYING condition with ADHD the biggest ones to test for are Anxiety Disorder, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depressions, and ODD.
Our son was at UCLA and was in the ADHD clinic with their testing which last 6 hours, and confirmed the doctors diagnosis of ADHD but with anxiety disorder. IT turned out that you do have to determine which medicine is best for your child. Concerta was exacerbating his problem making him more emotional and more prone to aggreesive behaviors. WE were pumping him full of fish oils and vitamin b.. We took him off and put him on Vyvanse at 40 mg.... Huge improvement in school, literally 180, improvment in memory, improvment in impulse. Best part mood swings have dissapeared, sleep time is much more manageable he crashes between 8:30 and 9pm now, and his coming off the medicine is the best. There are no more aggressive behaviors. His anxiety is still there so we have been able to put him on a much lower dose of fish oils (500mg) a day now and he is down to 200mg of vitamin b complex.

So please have him tested to see his underlying condition that rides with ADHD. Found out through pediatrician that ADHD rarely runs by itself.

Josie - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son has PDD (NOS) and ADHD. We tried for 8 months to go without medication. Diet modification, supplements, etc. None of it worked. We finally put him on Focalin XR. It worked well for about 6 months, then nothing. Next, we tried the Daytrana patch. Wonderful product, it worked for about a year & a half. My son was even willing to put up with the daily rashes that itch. It wasn't working as well as before, and my son didn't want a bigger patch, so we switched. He's now on Vyvanse, and doing better than he has on anything else. His math scores have sky rocketed, he talks more clearly, sleeps better, eats better, and has even gain a lb in the past month!
My little guy much prefers to have medication. He likes how it makes him feel, in that he knows that it helps him gain control of his impulses. (He's seven, btw.)
Diet modification, and supplements can work. I do believe that. However, it needs to be done with the help of a hollistic doctor.

Stacey - posted on 11/16/2009

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Hi Lisa, my son is 2 1/2 and we think he has Autism (soon to be assessed) and we have had him on the gfcf (gluten-free, casein-free) diet for about 3 months and we have been seeing improvements, some of the teachers at his special school have also commented on the change in him and believe it is the diet. I know it sounds very daunting, and it is very hard to start with, but after about 2 weeks it started getting easier and continues to get easier every week, have you ever thought about diet intervention? I think it is a much more natural approach than meds. This diet is also said to help kids with aspergers, add and adhd.If you are interested, google gfcf or take a look at www.tacanow.org, and feel free to message me if you want to ask me any questions.

Barbara - posted on 11/16/2009

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Doctors are so quick to put kids on drugs. If you would consider a nutritional supplement, I will put you in contact with mothers that have had amazing results and have taken their children off of the meds. We are a food science company that has been around for 21 years and have products specifically made for children. We believe that if you give your body the proper nutrition, you body knows how to heal itself and it does. Just a thought.......

Meg - posted on 11/16/2009

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I know that watching the type of foods that my son's eat works well for us. when they eat a lot of foods that have large amount of chemicals in them we have more problems with thier behavior. I also have to agree with Dana on if the meds aren't working he may not have ADHD. When my older son was put on Strattara it was like night and day. This did not work for my son who has ODD. We have him on Adderal, which works much better for him. I hope you find something that will work for your son!

Dana - posted on 11/16/2009

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From my experiances I would say maybe there is another underlying cause and may not be ADHD. If the ADHD meds do work on a child then most likely they have ADHD but if they dont work then there is many reasons that your son could be very hyper. It could be the different Dyes that he get in his foods it could also be his diet. Does he eat well and regulerly? Most often if u have to fight a child to eat that could be the cause of his behavior. Also an old fashioned remedie for ADHD is black coffee. Yes it sounds wierd because if u give a normal human coffee it tends to wake them up or make them hyper but it does the opposite to kids with ADHD. I will say it does work because I have tryed it and so has a few of my friends. The only probem is most kids dont like it. Hope this helps.

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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Hello, My son has Aspergersand and ADHD, we have tried other meds out there and have found a med by the name of Focalin. It is a pill that has a all release in it. My son becomes more focused. He has been on this pill for about 2 years now, and I'm very pleased with how it works. My son shows no signs of hyper or irrate behavior. He takes 5mg a day. Please keep trying to find the right med, it is out there, and there are so many that don't "dope" your kid down. I hope this helps you.

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