Does Adderall XR work for you?

Ileen - posted on 10/20/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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hello moms,

This is my first conversation on this site and I am lost, confused, sad, etc.
My son was diagnosed about a year and a half ago with ADHD. I was against the whole medication thing and tried doing things on my own but nothing seemed to work. He is 8 years old and is now in 3rd grade and he's been doing horrible. I finally took him to the doctor and they prescribed him Adderall XR 5mg...I am scared to give it to him cus I have no idea how he'll react. Please help and share your stories with me.

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Kelly - posted on 12/03/2012

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After 5 years of dealing with impossible behaviors, many tears, me being mediacted for anxiety, my son, who is now 7, was diagnosed with ADHD (with high anxiety). We started with behavior therapy with a child psychologist to find that every different method would work for a week or so. I was so at my wits end and didn't know what else to do. We tried every behavior modificationmethod we could think of. Rewards, punishments, bribes, charts, stickers, going to McDonalds, points, you name it, we tried it. My husband was very much against our son taking medication (actually he didn't think our son had a problem and had felt it was my parenting!). He believed all the stigma around meds for ADHD. After the first half of my son's Kindergarten year, at his conferences, he had a couple teachers that were at a point where they didn't know how to keep him in their class. He was very disruptive, no impulse control, hyper, couldn't sit still, wouldn't keep his hands to himself, couldn't stop talking, went to the office 4 times a day, etc. His teachers even took the time (ALOT of time) to work with him with many different behavior charts and rewards which would work once, maybe twice. The day after his conferences, we had an appointment with his pediatrician. I had told my husband that I was going to try medication. He didn't agreed but did agree to come to the appointment. OUr doctor basically said that our son NEEDED medication. If you have a heart condition, you're going to take medication. If you have epilepsy, you're going to take mediaction. It is the same thing with ADHD, you NEED the medication. My husband said let's do it. Why wait if this is something that he needsto have to be able to function. We started with Adderall XR 5mg. The first day we noticed a HUGE difference. I asked my son how he felt (he was 6 1/2) and he said to me, "Mom, my body feels quiet." I teared up. He was calm and quiet, behaviors I had never experienced with him. The next few days were a little rough. He had a hard time coming off the meds. He was crabby, very sensitive to light and sound, just very sensitive. All very normal reactions. But from that first day, the medication changed his life. It changed our life with him. HIs teacher noticed a difference right away. It was unbelievable the difference. After a couple weeks, we did need to go to 10 mg and then to 15 mg which we have been on for about 6 months. He had been having a hard time grasping sight words and after he started the meds, he picked up reading like you can't even believe and is now one of the top readers in his class. There are still challenges. The meds only last about 6-8 hours which gets him through school which is our goal right now. We still deal with difficult behaviors before and after school. He does have some days where he has a hard time coming off the meds like I mentioned above. He has lost about 8 pounds and is VERY skinny. He just has no appetite which actually has started to get better. I just cannot stress how this medication has changed his and our life. We do still go to his psychologist every two weeks (partly for his anxiety) and see his peds dr for med checks every couple months. Before he never would go to a birthday party or have a friend over, which he now can do. He would shut down if there was any attention put on him and now he is able to have the spotlight in him. We go to church and he can now sit still through the whole mass. He has joined Lego club at school which is something we never thought he would be able to do. The kids like him and want to be his friend which was a struggle before because he couldn't control his need to push or shout or take something from someone. It is so hard to put into words what his life is like now compared to 9 months ago. There is no comparison.



I know what you are going through and I know how hard it is to make the decision to have your child take a scary medication. You are not alone. Thank you for taking the time to read our story. I hope it helps. I'm sending out a big hug of support. :)

Amy - posted on 10/28/2010

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I'll tell you... filling the first script was kinda hard for me. I felt somehow dirty carrying that piece of paper around, and then when I had the little bottle of pills in my purse... I felt like a drug dealer.

I'm over that now... but I thought I'd share it in case it's helpful.

Good luck to you!

Heather - posted on 10/28/2010

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My son had great success with Adderall XR. He is now 17 and has been off this whole year. But was on it from 6th grade until now. He took the lowest dose the whole time. He was on Ritalin before and changed when he reached a point where one dose was not enough and the next half seemed too much. He really liked the Adderall because there were no sharp peaks and valleys, since it does last all day, he didn't have to wait for the next dose to kick in. Therefore it also didn't affect his appetite so he ate much better and gained weight. He also did not take his meds on the weekend or during school breaks. He did play outside all the time and still does. He plays soccer and rugby. He is very active. I cook most of our meals and as we live on a tight budget, I do not buy very much processed food. Not that I buy "organic" or specialty food. But I do fix all our meals, we don't eat out. And we drink milk, water, ice tea or coffee. If we have juice it is unsweetened and NOT a blend, because they do hide sweeteners in them. And don't let anyone tell you not to give your kid caffine, take it from someone who does herself have hyperactivity disorder, it calms them down. ADHD is a chemical imbalance and you will find that alot of meds and other things that affect people one way, affect us differently.One thing we did was involve our son in the monitoring of how his meds are affecting him. After all they are the ones taking it.

Amanda - posted on 10/27/2010

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I soo feel your pain I tried to hold off as long as I could (we started therapy at age 4) Finally half way through 1st grade I was told the most important thing so far. "As frustrated as you feel put yourself in your child's shoes she wants soo bad to please you and to be a "good" kid but her mind is like a tv with a channel surfer at the controller" basically the medication was not to help me and her teachers but to ultimately her so that she was more sucessful in everything. We have been through about 8 different meds since then (she is 12 now) Alot of them made her feel not right and some of them were just too much and she was kinda like a zombie. We finally found the Daytrana patch which was amazing we used it for 4 years and this past summer she asked me if she could try a pill again cuz as the dose went up the patch got bigger and she was having trouble finding places to put it to give her skin a break and it was swim suit season and it was hard to hide. We are now on Adderall and we have had great sucess.

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First, here's a big hug of support!!

I am a mother of three children; two son's (11, 7) and a daughter (4). My oldest son was diagnosed at 6 yrs. mild-moderate ADHD with mild auditory/visual dyslexia. My middle son is in the process of being evaluated for ODD, auditory processing difficulties & dyslexia. My daughter is beginning to show signs of ADHD.



The first thing I want you to know is that your child is gifted & unique in his own way. He learns differently (LD) than "other or average" children. Our children do not fit neatly into the box of our educational institutions, work around it. Second, you need to dedicate yourself to the study of ADHD, so you can become your child's most educated advocate. It certainly may seem overwhelming, and having a good support system will be your best survival guide. As mother's we need breaks from our children, but mother's of ADHD children need far more.



I look at my advocacy as a triangle of care; environmental, education and behavior. Understanding what holds up ADHD will give you a strong platform to build and support a plan specific to your child. Although, remember, that you will have to be flexible and modify the plan as your child ages and their environment changes. With that, you will find opposition to needs of your child; learn to get what he needs by being the well-verse advocate for him.

ADHD is child specific, so no child is the same.

If there are accredited organizations in your area, seek them out.



Find other parents within your school system that have children with similar diagnosis and work together for support and education.

I have been a long standing member of C.H.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Hyperactivity Disorder) www.chadd.org

Subscribe to ADDitude magazine www.attitude.com

Attention Magazine, you subscribe through CHADD.

Also, A National Resource Center On ADHD a division of CHADD www.help4adhd.org

Read as much as you can.

Take it all in with a grain of salt.

Closely observe your child's behavior and academic performance.

And from all that you can establish what works best for your son and you.



Medication's of today are truly far safer than medications of decades past. First understand the diagnosis and how that specifically defines your child. Then look at the medication as ONE TOOL to help your child develop. They get one shot at required education, so anything you can do to help that process makes you a super star advocate for you son and gives him the vital foundation he needs.



It's normal to have fears and concerns in regards to medication. My son has been on low dose of Ritalin since he was 5 years old. He would NEVER make it through school without it. He has tried slow release and that did not work for him. I am very frank and upfront with my son about his ADHD, some would say it is my excuse sometimes, but they certainly do not understand. I have to depend on him to a certain extent to tell me how he is feeling each day, if he has any concerns, and being vigilant about his height, weight & med checks, what used to be every three months is now every six months. I have heard many good things about Adderall, XR, but ultimately you and your child will determine if it is working for him. It's medication and your doctor should be well versed in this area of medicine. Do not work with a doctor that does not have adequate experience in ADHD. Only work with doctors who are considered experts within your hospital organization, this is HUGE!!



Above all else, keep a journal, it will make referencing the changes with your child much easier and a PRO-ADVOCATES approach to managing your child's ADHD.



Turning the negative into a positive, positive, positive, day-in-day out. The rewards although are beyond tremendous...our history is full of very prolific and successful persons who struggle with ADHD. I personally wouldn't want my son any other way, and he brings me great joy and has taught me to look outside the box while looking at things a different way. It's all good!

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User - posted on 01/18/2014

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My son is 8 and has been on Adderall xr since he was 5, starting at 5mg he's now on 30mg with a booster at noon of a regular release tablet 10mg. It was great for a while because he really calmed down, got better grades, listened etc... lately it seems that he gets easily irritated and very angry. He also cries about simple things. He's not himself and I've tried not giving it to him on the weekend just to see the difference and he's extremely hyper, hardly hearing a single word I say. It just seems there is no in between. He doesn't want to eat and I struggle with stress, as mentioned below, about dinner time. My husband, his stepfather, forces him to eat and gets mad at him when he cries. He always finds something about the food that he doesn't like. Many times, I let him so eating when he says he's done then around 9pm he gets hungry and I let him eat what he wants only he's given the options he gets and is always something healthy! I hate him being mediated but there is absolutely no other way. I'm glad to hear similar stresses from other mothers.... Hopefully, he won't be on meds into adulthood.

Karen - posted on 01/18/2014

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Hi Moms,
My son is 7 years old and has been diagnosed since he was 5yrs old. We began taking Adderall xr 5mg and now he is up to 15mg. This medicine changed my sons life for the better until now. He was never able to sit and pay attention in school, keep his hands to himself. It was not for lack of trying he just could not do it. I to this day hear from people how horrible it is that my son is on an adhd med. His teachers and few close friends have been supportive but someone who does not live in our situation has NO IDEA what it is like. I wish my son did not need this med but it is clear that he does. When I read the comment above that said "mommy my body feels calm" it hits home my son says the same thing. Now on to my new issue. My son refused to sleep in his own room up until a couple weeks ago. We bought him new bedding, décor and new tv and made a big deal of how wonderful it would be sleeping in there. He seemed to transition well up until a week ago. He has begun to worry about weird things as soon as it gets dark. He will come in our room almost in a full anxiety attack and say things like what if the "lake" which is a pond down the road floods, or what if the wind knocks a tree into the house. Just very strange things. It takes him a while to calm even after sitting with him to get him to sleep. He is ok during the day but as soon as night falls he is a mess, crying, and upset. I don't know what to do. We are seeing our Pediatrician today, I think its the meds but I don't know. I know he has done well up until now. As a mom in the back of mind I am thinking what have I done to my son? Did this med I think has helped him so much done this to him? People are going to judge me, but as a mom I only want the best for my son. I want him to be successful in school and without the med I feel he will have a hard time. Has anyone else been in this situation? Praying for answers today.

Virginia - posted on 12/18/2013

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Regarding socially awkeard. Yes with adhd you can be sociially awkward but that's ok my children's doctor said not awkeard eccentric. They are the poets artist and scientist of tomorrow. Be honedt from the start explain if they are young there sre many bools sbout characters with adhd trsits. My daughter thanked me she is able to have friemds not cry due ro mean kids. She is able to not have those melt downs. We are still looking for the right medication tried methyl something but switching to adderal xr. Hope this is the one

Corrie - posted on 10/21/2013

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My five-year-old son recently started taking Adderall XR 10 mg and it is really helping him. I tried breaking open the capsule and hiding the med in his yogurt and applesauce, but he could taste it and refused to eat them. I then started hiding it on top of his toasted waffle and covering it with lots of butter. That worked when we were only doing 5 mg, but he started tasting the med more with the 10 mg. I haven't told him he is taking the med because I was worried that he would refuse (he is very strong-willed). Any advice as to how to get a five-year-old boy to take the med or hide the med in food? I know you only supposed to swallow it, but I am just desperate to get him to take it at this point. I also always offer him computer time (which he loves) if he finishes his waffle. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

Kelly - posted on 07/14/2013

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Kate, this is such a huge struggle with my son, too. Our doctor said give him whatever he wants. If he wants a bowl of ice cream before bed, let him have it. I don't even want to go into what my child eats and I know I getting judging thoughts from people who don't understand this struggle. Breakfast is our best meal and he will sometimes eat 2 or 3 bowls of cereal (may I say it is dino-bites, chocolate rice krispies) but it is all he will eat. NO lunch most days and sometimes he'll have dinner but let me tell you how unhealthy is diet really is. He is also an extremely picky eater which really makes food tough. I dread meal time and the thought of what do I give this child. I do give him a multivitamin and we have gotten to where he hasn't lost any more weight so I guess that is a good thing. It is such a struggle because you know he has to take the meds but it is so hard when you know a big side affect is not being hungry. I do want to say that before you take him off the meds for summer, talk to his doctor. Ours highly recommended not going that route. They really need their meds to function. As he put it us, if you had a heart problem, would you ever consider not taking the meds for it. You are not alone in this struggle.

Kate - posted on 04/02/2013

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Kelly your story is so wonderful to read. My son is on XR 40mg and whereas it's working he has lost 17lbs since August. I am so worried about him. I urge him to eat breakfast which he sometimes doesn't even have an appetite for that, eats no lunch, and sometimes no dinner until 5:30-6. Now sports have started and he goes right from school to a game.. I pack a protein shake for him and bar with some other little things. Doesn't seem like enough. After the game he didn't feel good. I plead with him how important it is he try to get food in him that his blood sugar levels get dangerously low and his body needs that food for brain and organ function. I also know how hard it is to make yourself eat if you don't feel the hunger. The thought can make you sick. We are trying to hold out until summer when he can come off of it to put some weight on then start up with the school year. We have tried so many other meds but Adderall was the one that worked. I worry it's doing some kind of long term damage somehow.

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2013

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Colleen, do you open the pill up or try to give it to him whole? I open my son's up and put it in applesauce, this works for him. There are mornings that he doesn't want to take it but I explain to him that he has tobecause his brain doesn't work properly without his medicine. He shouts "I KNOW" and then gives in and takes it. Have you tried putting it in ice cream, yogurt, mixing it in peanut butter, mixing it in frosting ona cracker or mixing it in Nutella? My thought is whatever it takes even if it is not the healthy route.

Colleen - posted on 11/08/2012

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PLEASE HELP!!!!



My 5year old was just recently diagnosed with ADHD. He is on Aderall and is on 10mg of the XR. He has had a dramatic turn around. He can sit in class and raises his hand and is not disruptive. He appetite is hit or miss, but overall not too bad. I think he is tolerating it well. Th BIG DRAWBACK- I can't get him to take it. We started by not telling him and hiding it in applesauce and other foods. We were stressed every morning trying to get him out the door because he wouldn't want what we put it in, not to mention wasting a lot of the meds. I caved and told him he had to take a medicine every morning to help his brain slow down so he could concentrate. I compared it to my meds I take, we tried taking our meds with him so he did not feel badly. He refuses all meds now. he refuses anything he thinks has meds in it. He says he will be good at school without the meds and we explain that it is not about being good, he is a great boy, he just needs help with his fast brain. I wish I never told him. I am reluctant to take him to school off of the med because he is very disruptive. His teacher and school are very supportive and nonjudgemental. I am uncertain how I can hide the drug now. Can I put it in a pancake and heat it or oatmeal with hot water? Has anyone suffered with this. I am missing so much work and my husband is and it is creating so much stress for all of us. Any advice would be appreciated

Smegle - posted on 10/16/2012

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Don't put your kids on this medicine. Teach them healthy study habits instead. My friend has been taking Adderall for a long time and he was very socially awkward. Now he is off of it and is getting a little better but is upset that his mom put him on it in the first place. He would have a lot more friends and be a lot happier if he wasn't on it to begin with.

Summer - posted on 10/11/2012

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I understand completely where you are coming from my son was diadnosed today and im scared to give it to him. my family does want me to put him on it but my kid needs something he is failing kindergarden badlyand his behavior is horrible. But the doctor told me everybody responds to it differently. im scared cause it is a controlled substance. He he going to get addicted to this medicine. I hope not. im so worried about him.

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ok my daughter is on Adderall Xr she is up to 25 Mg now she started on 5mg but was too emotional so the bumped it to 10 mg during the first week and proceeded to keep in contact constant contact with her teacher until we found a dose that kept her calm enough at school yet she wasn't a "zombie" she ended up at 20mg that was 3 years ago and has only changed her dose 1 time. though we now add a 5mg regular Adderall dose in the afternoon to get homework done in 2 hours instead of 8 nd with that she can still fall asleep around 10pm.

As for the appetite thing she lost almost 10lbs she couldn't afford to lose to begin with but what we did was either Peanut butter sandwich brush teeth then into bed so she had the extra calories and "good" fat at night and didn't get to burn it off or she would drink a Nutripals drink @ bed time and feed her whenever she was hungry no matter the time but her body has adjusted to it and she eats constantly.

Just remember that the child needs to take the meds 365 days a year to get adjusted if u take them off even for a weekend their body takes longer to get used to it so their appetite doesn't return as quickly ( it took about 4 months before she was eating "enough"

Melissa - posted on 11/13/2010

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We had our daughter on Adderall XR 5 mg for a couple of months. She ended up losing 10 pounds!! That was 2 years ago. She is just now above the weight that she started at. She is now on Vyvanse 40 mg.

Tracy - posted on 10/30/2010

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My daughter is 10 and has been taking meds for her ADHD for about 2 years. we tried Ritalin LA first, but it turned her into a zombie. She now takes 30mg of Adderall XR. it does help her concentrate better in school, she raises her hand in class, and her mood is more stabilized.
Downside, she eats very little lunch, sometimes it takes her 2 hours to fall asleep, although she has always been a poor sleeper. I used to not give it to her on weekends, but she gets to emotionally wild. I think it's a withdrawl effect. I would like to try some other meds, but since she can't ye swallow pills, we are limited as to what she can take.
Different meds work differently on each child.
The meds have made a positive difference in school.

Melissa - posted on 10/29/2010

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Meds work different for different people. For my son, it turned him into a zombie, he lost a ton of weight, became anemic and eventually had delusions. We went through this with the ups and downs of medications. We finally took him off and found a natural supplement for him. We no longer worry about side effects or the office visits for refills or the constant "ups" of the meds. I'm a special ed. teacher and would love to give you extra tips for in the classroom. Feel free to e-mail me at kidsfirst6@yahoo.com.

Ileen - posted on 10/28/2010

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Thank you all for sharing your stories with me. Im taking your advice into consideration. Im thinking of starting him on the pill next weekend. I will keep you guys posted on we did.
THANK YOU!

Anita - posted on 10/27/2010

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my son has been on adderall xr since the second grade. he is now in the eighth grade. he started at 5 mg and is now taking 30mg. he has good days and bad days, but don't we all. we tried him on concerta first but it had so many side effects that it was worse than no meds at all. he is in jrotc and after school programs which are helping him handle the adhd and teaching him some self discipline.

Barbara - posted on 10/27/2010

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Give it to him. If it works, he will be happy and you will be happy. My son is on 40 mg. It is the max dose. You can try to do it on your own, but it is futile. Try it and see. He might lose weight and not eat as much, but he will be happy and proud of himself, his self asteem will be better, and you both will get along better. Give it to him in the morning before he eats. Don't let him eat right away. I make my son wait a half hour before he eats. Otherwise the food affects the absorbtion of the meds. Good luck.

Shannon - posted on 10/27/2010

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My son was diagonsed with ADHD at 4 years old (almost 5). He started out on Concerta and that worked for awhile. He is now 7 years old and on Adderall XR 20mg twice a day (once at 6:45a and again at 1:30p). This has made a huge difference. He focuses at school better, still doesn't like it but is able to succeed most days. I am constantly in contact with his teacher to get her to realize that he does not fit into her mold for most 2nd graders - he is special! My sons appetite has decreased but I just keep an eye on that. My biggest concern is that I want my son to feel like he fits in. The other kids and parents tend to shy away from him and make comments about his energy level. My best advise to be your sons biggest supporter so that no matter what, he knows that he is loved and that he is special! Good luck!

Christine - posted on 10/27/2010

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MY SON WAS DIAGNOSED AT 4 AND WE TRIED 3 TYPES OF MEDS BEFORE SETTLEING WITH THE ADDERAL XR, MY SON IS ON 25MGS. 5 MGS IS A NICE PLACE TO START. REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS TRIAL AND ERROR WHEN IT COMES TO THESE TYPES OF MEDS. I WOULD SAY BE PATIENT, BUT I KNOW THAT IS HARD AT THIS STAGE. ALL I CAN SAY IS WITHOUT THIS MED I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE.

Amy - posted on 10/27/2010

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You sound a LOT like me! My son was diagnosed about a year ago. I tried all the "natural" remedies before giving in and medicating. It's a very tough step! But I'm SO glad we did it! There's a theory out there that "real" ADHD kids don't react to the meds, but they do react to the "natural remedies." This makes sense to me, so it's what I'm pretty much running with.

We started out on Concerta. The ped knew a non-stimulant wouldn't be very effective for his type of ADHD, so we went with it. The improvement was remarkable. The first night... there was PEACE in the house. Over the summer, I tried the Strattera (non-stimulant) without a stimulant med. It does help, but he CANNOT focus to put a shirt on without the stimulant. Concerta did cause sleep problems, so at the beginning of the year, we started the adderall. We're currently on 10mg of the XR, 10 mg of the IR, and 60 mg of Strattera. The XR lasts most of the day, the IR (immediate release) does not last all day, but wears off earlier, so he gets a "burst" of stimulant during school hours, but doesn't feel so much of the sleep trouble, the strattera calms him down a bit, allows him to focus a bit, and also manages the "come down" off the adderall. He gets very moody when the adderall wears off. Strattera in the afternoon manages this and helps him sleep, plus gives him "something' in the morning so he can function. Otherwise, its a 20 minute battle just to get pants on him.

Anyway... there will probably be a bit of a journey until you get it all figured out. I hope my overly long story doesn't intimidate you... life is so much better for all of us on the meds. He is so much prouder of himself! His self esteem is NORMAL now! He always used to talk about how he was worthless and shouldn't exist. :( Now that he has the capacity to focus on the things we all take for granted... it's so much different and so much better.

Remember, you can always take him off the meds. You aren't signing up for a lifelong commitment. But their brains really just don't work the same way the rest of ours do. It's big scary stuff... but you clearly aren't the lazy parent who runs to the doc because your life isn't easy. If you are considering your child first... it can't be a wrong decision.

Jeanaen - posted on 10/27/2010

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Hello Ileen,
I completely understand where you are at right now. I went through this with my son..now 12 around the same age. This is the same thing they prescribed to him. Beginning any medicine is hard and it is going to be a lot of trial and error until you get what works for him. I did not have any luck with the Adderall mainly because in the evening when it wore off he would become very angry about everything. He has anger issues anyway..but this made things worse. Now I'm not saying that this is what will happen with your son so please don't take my experience as the only reaction to the medicine. Every child is different and until you find what works for him you need to try what they give you. My advise is to keep a very close eye on him and note any changes or reactions he has while on the medicine. I was opposed to medicine all together and I didn't want to medicate my son..in fact because of this reaction and the fact that I lost my insurance, I actually took him off after the first month. Now I am having problems with the school and he is in 6th grade..so I have recently started back the medication (Ritlen 10) and we are starting from scratch again. Good luck to you and your son and I hope this helps. Keep us updated.

Valerie - posted on 10/27/2010

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Hello! I have twin girls, now 15 years old, both with sever high end ADHD/ADD. I, like you, avoided meds for as long as possible. They were "targeted" by the school in their kindergarten year for ADHD. I talked to their pediatrician (and one of them has heart problems and a blood disorder, so also cardiologist and hematologist), and we tried everything I could possibly do without meds. I walked them to their classes, picked them up from their classes, turned in their homework "with" them after school, worked daily with their teachers, all with trying to work in between and having a son who is 5 years older. At the end of 3rd grade, both of their teachers had a conference with me and told me that basically (I am in CA), that if they go forward to 4th grade without meds, there was very low chance of them succeeding as the student/teacher ratio goes up from 20:1 to 32:1 and they would not get the individualized help they were getting up until then. So, we went through all the testing, "official" diagnosing, etc., and the doctor prescribed both of them adderall xr 10mg. I did see an immediate change, for the better. It took about a year or two to get the exact dosing correct for each child, one is now on 30mg. and on on 25 mg. The main side effect I saw was decreased appetite. Other than that, my girls have never had any problems sleeping (although that can be a very common side effect). The change was incredible! They went from kids who had an attention span of less than 2 minutes, to actually attending, participating, and enjoying school. Now that they are 15, they are still on the meds.. I am dealing with a whole other realm of "teenage" problems with them now.. not due to the ADHD or meds, just teenagers!!! I have tried to not have them take the meds on weekends or vacations, but for my kids, they just cannot cope (nor can I). Good luck! Hope all goes well!! Valerie

Tabitha - posted on 10/27/2010

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My 10 year old son has been on Adderall XR 20mg for 2 years now. He does great on it. The side effect I have noticed with him is its hard for him to go to sleep. But we found out that going to bed 30 mins before bedtime to read makes him sleepy. The doctor said he was ADHD when he was 4. We didnt consider meds until 1/2 way through 1st grade. We had to do something, he was having a very hard time. Luckly, he had a great teacher that worked with us. But we have had in the past phone calls every other day, notes being sent home. It took us along time to find which meds worked for our son. Every kid is different and they are going to respond different. You have to find what works and stay in touch with your doctor. We finally did ;) Another thing that was good for us is EVERY day is a NEW day!!! Start fresh and positive.. We also started a chores list when he was 6. It included all the simple things, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, After school homework, etc. I put everything on there that he was having a hard time with. It worked wonders!!! He loves that he can see everything he has done. As he's getting older Ive added some (big boy chores) in there. ;) Ive also noticed since we have more structure at home everyday life is easier. He has daily bens for soccer, school stuff, everything has its own spot. It helps him glide through the day. We use to be that super busy family that was on overdrive. Once we slowed down and put things in order everything got easier. You just have to find what works for you guys. Its October and I havent received a note or phone yet ;) And he is on A/B honor roll... I couldnt be anymore proud !!!

Laura - posted on 10/27/2010

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My son who is now 11 was orginally prescribed adderol xr when he was first diagnosed at six years old. For him it was not a good medication, but that is due to his chemistry rather then the medication being bad. It is important to remember that all drugs have side effects but those effects are not always the same of each child. Once we switched to a Ritalin based medication we were okay. You need to be aware of your child and once you start meds just be observant if something doesn't seem right then talk to your doctor. The best thing that we did for our son was to find a children's mental health specialist who only deals with mental health issues in children. Our pediatrician was not totally equipped to handle all of the things that his mental health throws at us.

Tammie - posted on 10/26/2010

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hi there i have 11 yr daughter that was recently diagnosed adhd,odd,dd my daughter was put on intuniv. i have done lots of research and i have seen lots of children that were on adderall and ridilin switched to untuniv and have has success with it.its now addicting drug and very little side effects.

Crystal Lynn - posted on 10/25/2010

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my son started off on adderall xr 5mg then went up to 10 and eventully to 20mg. every year or so they would up the dose. i didnt notice any bad side effects besides a little bit decreased appitite and at first sleep problems at night but he was put on colonodine to help him sleep and that worked fine.

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