Does anyone have a child on addreall xr?????

Bre - posted on 03/10/2012 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my 7 year old daughter and 6 year old son was recently put on addreall xr due to ADHD the doctor started them both out on 10mg and the first couple days it work great!!! and even there teachers said they started to see a difference well low and behold all of sudden it was like it wasn't working on my daughter and even the teachers said they started seeing her act up again..Well it was time for there follow up so when we went back to the doctors I mention that I and my daughters teachers felt like the addreall xr wasn't working so the doctor said they were going to try my daughter on 15mg and keep my son on 10mg but to stop my sons meds on the weekend because he was losing weight and hes already skinny enough... so that's what we did well I have notice my daughter is doing alot better but my son is starting to get very moody and he never wants to eat and I'm very worried about that .......any advice????

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MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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A recent investigation studied the possibility of stimulant medication used to treat ADHD and cardiovascular side effects. Concern focused on a possible association with heart attack, heart rate and rhythm disturbances, and stroke. At this time, there is no certainty in a proposed relationship to these events (including sudden death) when medication is used in a pediatric population screened for prior cardiovascular symptoms or structural pathology of the heart. A positive family history for certain conditions (for example, unusual heart rhythm patterns) may be considered a risk factor. The current position of the American Academy of Pediatrics is that a screening EKG is not indicated before the initiation of stimulant medication in a patient without risk factors.



•Studies that have examined whether taking a psychostimulant for ADHD in childhood contributes to future substance abuse have shown this to not be the case. In one very large study, in fact, children who received stimulant medication for ADHD had half the risk of future substance abuse of similar children with ADHD who did not receive medication.



•Stimulants used for ADHD do not cause addiction.



The use of psychostimulants in children should be scrutinized carefully. Fortunately, methylphenidate (Ritalin [and its long active formulation, Concerta], historically the most widely prescribed medication for ADHD) has been available for many years. This long period of clinical experience has shown that this is one of the safest medications used in children.

So, make sure your child is seeing a pediatrician specialized in ADHD. I did and still do have my daughter seeing one twice a year.



Stimulant medications have been successfully used to treat patients with ADHD for more than 50 years. This class of medication, when used under proper medical supervision, has an excellent safety record in patients with ADHD. In general, the side effects of the stimulant class of medications are mild, often transient over time, and reversible with adjustment in dosage amount or interval of administration. The incidence of side effects is highest when administered to preschool-aged children.

No child under school-age should be on any type of ADHD medication. You need to see how they act within a classroom setting to ensure there are absolute ADHD charateristic. My child was diagnosed in Kindergarten because of her inability to sit still (along with several other negative factors).



Yes, you are rude. Your 17 year old HAS a SMART MOUTH (mine does not) and I am disgusted! Now, go bark up that tree. ;)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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I haven't attacked anyone, You just can't sit back and think you know it all because you have been a mom for 14 yrs lady! I just stated that I have been a mom longer! I Stated in the beginning that the reason these kids won't sleep or eat and become moody was a direct result of the drugs you give them...that's all! Was helping, not my fault I touched a nerve with a few of ya!..So to set the record straight...Giving Adderall to your children can cause them to become moody and not want to eat.. It's fact's lady, not opinion!



I never once said I know it all, I will leave that for you to claim. You are doing very well so far stating such a thing. From your attitude, I cannot believe anything you say. If you are a mother for the past 17 years, I feel for your children. If you treat them anyway you treat strangers here.



Having ADHD can cause them to be moody too. So, your idea of their tempermant being due to the drugs is highly inaccurate.



No nerve touched. I just find you very abusive, ignorant to ADHD and rude. I find your way of speaking very distasteful. No one asked for your opinion on how bad a drug is, especially not to be lectured on it. Save that for your family members. People here are either looking for help or to give positive advice. Get over yourself and grow up.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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It is only a high abuse potential if you do NOT have ADHD. Chronic abuse is if you do NOT have ADHD and are abusing the drug. If you take it as presecribed you will have no issues.



I have not only researched the heck out of stimulant drugs but also meet with a pediatric specialist in ADHD twice a year for the past 8 years.



I would not have my daughter on it IF I thought it was going to hurt her.



Where did you get the info? Wikapedia?

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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America3437... I do not believe you. Sorry... The way you have acted here is uncalled for. If you are a mother of three teens and know as much as you say, you are not displaying that in any positive fashion here. If you know so much, I would expect that you would be a bit more considerate and helpful. I am willing to help anyone here that is looking for some. I have been through it for 8 years now...



I did not attack you. Get it straight. I simply told you how it really is. End of story.



MeME America3437---



Go read my post and then tell me a mother for the past 14 years (36 years of age) what is in Adderall and how bad it is... I think you may need to GOOGLE it yourself. Works for my daughter. However, no child is the same. Sometimes trying different meds to find the right balance is best.
Attacking NO.



What you have written to other parents here, attacking? Absolutely!

Karen - posted on 03/12/2012

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i agree, i however rechearched this drug,,,I am aware that it is ban in canada, and that is is a powerful drug...I hate to give it to my son, but after trying everything else it is all that has worked for us. I do know the facts.

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America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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So I see you deleted the threats. Good job but I already saved them to give to police....hahahah jokes on you.

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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Ditto MEME... again I ain't skeered. I really don't care who you are or where u come from... You NEVER know who your talking to is right...Bitch...come find me...I dare you. I personally think you are a small minded individual who hides behind a certin persauna so you don't have to deal with reality! My email address is posted if you would like to takew this further! Again....AIN'T SCARED!!!!!

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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Yep you are definitely a teenager! Whatever. I am far too mature to deal with some person named America 3437..

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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Like hiding behind a PC I see. I don't find anything you say hard to swallow. I am sitting here laughing my ass off. Way too funny girl. You are hilarious!



Keep your messed up opinions to yourself. No one asked for them and no one cares to hear them. Understand??



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You seriously need to go back to Cafe Mom's. You do NOT belong on COM. This site is way to advanced for you.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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In summary:



•Stimulant treatment of ADHD appears to result in reduced alcohol and drug problems, not increased substance abuse.

•Some ADHD youth and adults self medicate with substances to treat their ADHD and self esteem problems. Treating ADHD with medication may reduce this phenomenon.



Ongoing studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse are furthering research in this important area. Since teens with ADHD are at higher risk of substance abuse than teens without it, my advice to parents is to aggressively treat your child’s ADHD and carefully monitor for their response to medication.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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Amphetamines have been extensively abused. Tolerance, extreme psychological dependence, and severe social disability have occurred. There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage to levels many times higher than recommended



None of us are allowing our children to abuse their prescription. So, yes if they are abusing it then they "may" end up with these terrible side affects. However, it is highly unlikely if they are taking the medication correctly.

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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From the FDA...Palpitations, tachycardia, elevation of blood pressure, sudden death, myocardial infarction. There have been isolated reports of cardiomyopathy associated with chronic amphetamine use.



Central Nervous System

Psychotic episodes at recommended doses, overstimulation, restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, euphoria, dyskinesia, dysphoria, depression, tremor, headache, exacerbation of motor and phonic tics and Tourette’s syndrome, seizures, stroke.



Gastrointestinal

Dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, constipation, other gastrointestinal disturbances. Anorexia and weight loss may occur as undesirable effects.



Adderall® (Dextroamphetamine Saccharate, Amphetamine Aspartate, Dextroamphetamine Sulfate and Amphetamine Sulfate Tablets) is a Schedule II controlled substance.



Amphetamines have been extensively abused. Tolerance, extreme psychological dependence, and severe social disability have occurred. There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage to levels many times higher than recommended. Abrupt cessation following prolonged high dosage administration results in extreme fatigue and mental depression; changes are also noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of chronic intoxication with amphetamines include severe dermatoses, marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes. The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxication is psychosis, often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.

I wouldn't personally give this to my child but we have to do what's best for us. We know our kids and know what help's them...Sorry if I offended you,really didn't mean to.

Karen - posted on 03/14/2012

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and for the record i have been a parent for 22 years...she is fine, my son is adhs, and i am a grandma as well...haha. just go to a different thread, you are obviously annoying us.

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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I never said you were giving her something to hurt her!! Like to put words in other people's mouth? ACTUALLY YES BUT HOLD ON AND I GET IT FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR YA!

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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Prolonged high doses of amphetamines followed by an abrupt cessation can result in extreme fatigue, insomnia, irritability, and mental depression.



No one here that I have seen yet - other than one that says their child gets 25mg - is giving their child a high dose. Also, I have not heard anyone say that there is an abrupt cessation while administering the drug. So, unless you know all of everyone's details you cannot assume and proclude that you know why their child is acting the way they are. It is not your place. If the mother is having problems she needs to go and re-speak to her doctor. She needs to push getting in to see a specialist in ADHD. Period.

Karen - posted on 03/14/2012

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again no one asked for the ingrediants of adderal, you stated you dont even have a adhd child only a family member, with all due respect as a parent of a problematic child you are being extreamly invasive. You have clearly stated you do not agree with adderal, thats fine for you but us parents who deal with these children will do and try anything and everything to get their chile to just simply have a good day and to get thru it w/o breakdowns. please stop giving us advise...go give your family member this advise and leave us mothers who dale EVERYDAY with the effects alone.

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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I haven't attacked anyone, You just can't sit back and think you know it all because you have been a mom for 14 yrs lady! I just stated that I have been a mom longer! I Stated in the beginning that the reason these kids won't sleep or eat and become moody was a direct result of the drugs you give them...that's all! Was helping, not my fault I touched a nerve with a few of ya!..So to set the record straight...Giving Adderall to your children can cause them to become moody and not want to eat.. It's fact's lady, not opinion!

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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Here I googled it for ya.....Adderall is a brand name of amphetamine salts-based medication used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy,[1] legal only in the United States and Canada. It is a brand-name psychostimulant medication composed of racemic amphetamine aspartate monohydrate, racemic amphetamine sulfate, dextroamphetamine saccharide, and dextroamphetamine sulfate, which are all amphetamine salts. It is thought to work by increasing the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in between synapses in the brain because the drug is a potent dopamine reuptake inhibitor and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.[2] It is available in two formulations: IR (Instant Release) and XR (Extended Release). The immediate release formulation is indicated for use in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy,[3] while the XR formulation is approved for use only with ADHD.[2]



Like other stimulant prescription drugs, Adderall directly affects the mesolimbic reward pathway in the brain. Amphetamine salts preparations are considered to have high abuse potential, and it is classified as Schedule II by the US DEA.



Prolonged high doses of amphetamines followed by an abrupt cessation can result in extreme fatigue, insomnia, irritability, and mental depression. Chronic abuse of amphetamines can result in the manifestation of amphetamine psychosis.[2]

America3437 - posted on 03/14/2012

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Well MeMe-Moi, I have been a mother for 17 years and have three teen's! I have no need to Google this info, I worked in the medical field for 10 yrs and have looked up this drug as well as many others. I really am not going to argue with someone who found 2 of my posts funny then turn's around and attacks me for those posts!

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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Oh and um Adderall is NOT banned in Canada. I get it directly from the pharmacist.. I have a feeling some here do not know what they are talking about.



Adderall is no different than Concerta. Same ingredients just different mixture... ;) They are BOTH stimulants.



A child with ADHD is lacking in frontal lobe mass, this is where our focus and concentration comes from. Stimulants create this mass temporarily, thus allowing the child to have better retention for 10-12 hours a day...



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Someone here did state that their child is on 25mg of Adderall. I would be highly questioning that amount. The highest you can get is 30mg. They only typically recommend 20mg. My daughter would not be given anything over 20mg, this was defined by our pediatric specialist in ADHD. Again, my daughter is 13.5, 5'7" and 120lbs. So if your child is younger and smaller than my daughter, they should NOT be getting 25mg a day. That is way over the recommended dosage and could cause dyer effects..

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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America3437---



Go read my post and then tell me a mother for the past 14 years (36 years of age) what is in Adderall and how bad it is... I think you may need to GOOGLE it yourself. Works for my daughter. However, no child is the same. Sometimes trying different meds to find the right balance is best.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 03/14/2012

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My daughter was on Conerta XR for 7 years. The med worked great but the side affects were not so good. She had no appetite and had a very hard time falling asleep. She was always complaining of not feeling good as well. So I took her completely off meds for a year. No more not feeling well. When she was on the Concerta we had many lengthy talks about how important food is. That even if she does not feel hungry it was important to eat. I told her I was calling her teachers to ensure she was eating her lunches. I did call a few times, yes she was eating them. Since she knew I would call and she would be in trouble if she was throwing our food away. I am very strict with her. I do not spank (just thought I would throw that in there for any wondering). I do hold my ground and I have very firm boundaries. I also have very strict routine. This is something these children absolutely need. If they do not have strong boundaries, firm consequences and strict routine they will not be able to cope. It is not their fault. They need you lay the law down and stick to it. My daughter is an A/B student, always has been. She is a very very good girl. She is a teen now.



I then got her put on Adderall. She is 13.5 and is only using 15mg. I find the small does for her age works great. However, she has had a long enough time to learn how to deal with her ADHD as well. She just needs a little boost to help keep her focused a bit. She eats fine and sleeps fine.

Karen - posted on 03/14/2012

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I am the perfect parent, my son is lucky to have me. And he is ODD, hence the mood swings. So i have my shit straight, why dont you get some information before you decide to bash someone...and with all your knowledge I should assume you are a docter, not...go mess with someone else and just leave me alone. geesh!@

Diane - posted on 03/13/2012

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My 11 year son has been on adderal XR for 7 years. He has not really had any problems with it. Some crying episodes when dosage changes. it has made a great difference for him. I never ever skip a dosage or a day as it messes up his routine and I think the consistancy is a good thing. Now my 7 year old just started 1/2 of 15mg 2 times a day. We are going back to the Dr. as yes it helps the ADHD but he does 7not eat all day, not a bite and coming down he has a serious emotional outburst. So unlike him. I intend to try something different for him. He is ADD without the hyperactivity so I wonder if adderall is just not the right kind for him.

Amber - posted on 03/12/2012

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america3437 for one the med affects them different then it does without adhd and for 2 none of us want to have to medicate are kids its a matter of gettin them to the place where they can focus and learn and become good people and there has been studies of kids being addicted to it when they grow and the study showed that they are not more likey to become addicted and iam sure they have as well but i also did the diet study and it didnt do anything but i do know someone that cut out one of the red dyes and that helped

Amber - posted on 03/12/2012

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i have 2 boys that are 5 and 6 and are both on addreall xr iam gettin ready to switch both of them cause iam haveing issues with my youngest being aggresive and neither want to sleep my youngest is on 15mg xr and my oldest is on 25mg xr my oldest actually gained weight on it my other one eats non stop so that wasnt an issue you may have to switch his meds to something different it maybe just affecting him differnet then your daughter is all

America3437 - posted on 03/12/2012

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Didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Just hate it when parents give meds to kids without fully understanding the side effects. I have family members who deal with this and they will tell you the same thing! Not gonna sugar coat the facts! And they go for much more here.

America3437 - posted on 03/12/2012

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Not a lecture just thought you wanted to know why your kids become angry,moody,and won't eat since starting this drug! If you want medical advice then you should be talking to your doctor. Hell maybe google it to find something natural. Maybe you should research what your giving your kids better. don't believe me pop you one and tell us how you feel!!! Your Welcome.

Karen - posted on 03/12/2012

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natural did not work for me...i know what is in that drug, I have taken them I am adhd as well, i dont speed due to that fact. I am also aware that this pill could go for ten bucks a pop if i sold them...but guess what, they work for my son at least, can not speak for anyone else...so go give advice that might be helpful, not hurtful..

Karen - posted on 03/12/2012

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wow, thanks for the support, having major problem with my son and i get a lecture on the ingredients of adderal..since you so smart please come up with an alternative.

Karen - posted on 03/12/2012

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thanks for the support america3437...I am having major problems with my child, do not need a lecture on the ingredieants of adderal.

Karen - posted on 03/12/2012

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my son has been on adderal for 3 years now, I am haveing extream problems with him...he has been spitting out his meds and I am at my witts end...constant e-mails from the school, when he does take it he is better but still a handful.

Laura - posted on 03/11/2012

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My son, now 10, is on Concerta XR and Intuniv. The Concerta worked OK on it's own, but the Intuniv kind of boosted the positive effects.

Bre - posted on 03/11/2012

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Thanks for the info!!! I think I'll be making another doctors visit because I have stop the medication over the weekend and I don't think I will be giving it to him again as I seen it has caused him to lose a lot a weight and his mood as became very mean and very irritable don't like to see my child like that he use to be a happy little boy before the doc put him on adderall xr. So if you don't mind me asking what did your doctor put your son on and how is it coming along thanks again for your reply....

Laura - posted on 03/10/2012

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My son was on this when he was 7. He also had no appetite. It can also cause moodiness.

Dr's usually start on a lower dose to make sure there arent any major side effects then move up to a more effective dose. One thing we did is give our son Carnation breakfast (or something similar) in the mornings along with breakfast (or for lunch) to help get calories in him.

We ultimately switched him to a different medications which works much better for him overall (and doesnt decrease his appetite as bad).

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