Does anyone have a five-year old taking Adderall and what are the pros/cons?

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My daughter has taken it since she was 8 (she's now 15) and my daughter's brother (on her father's side, which I am good friend's with step-mom) is taking Adderall (he started taking it at 5 and is now 7) and it has made a world of difference with them taking it. It helps them slow down enough to think and concentrate at school. It doesn't dope them up, just let's their mind slow down enough to be able to concentrate and "feel" normal, like their friends (according to my daughter). There is also set structure at home so when the meds have worn off, it isn't as noticeable. I can tell when my daughter doesn't take her meds as she has to go a mile-a-minute, starting 5 or 6 different chores or projects but not finishing any of them, but on them she can actually sit down and enjoy a good movie or game with the rest of the family. I know it is all dependent on the child on how well it works, all you can do is try. I do have a friend who has tried it on her son, which it did nothing for him, but he also has other issues to go with ADHD. Good luck on finding what works best for your child!

Paula - posted on 11/29/2009

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My 4 1/2 year old (5 in January) was on adderall to start with. At first it did really good but for my son, after about 6 months he started slipping back into his old issues so we had to change meds. I did not see any side effects while he was on it. You do have to be carefull about the weight issue though as it can make them tend to lose their appetite, and he might have trouble sleeping or getting to sleep.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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My son, now 10, is developmentally delayed and has ADHD. When he was 5 we began Adderall and while I loved that it helped him so much in school, it did affect his appetite. I would get as much food into him at breakfast and when he got home from school. I did notice that the first few weeks he was quite emotional, guess while his body was adjusting, and then it leveled out. In our case the benefits outweighed the negatives. When he reached 8 the Adderall just wasn't going the job anymore(common) and we then switched to Vyvanse which we absolutely LOVE. Good luck, it's such a hard decision to make.

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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Each med will work differently for each child depending on the chemical imbalance in their brain as that is essentially what ADHD is my son has been on Adderal xr since he was 5 and yes it settled him down enough for him to concentrate the only side effect we have is the lack of appetite during the day we have taught him that it is essential for his health that eat what is put in front of him not because he is hungry but because his body needs to be fed. I have also made arrangements with his teacher to remind him that he has to eat his main dish in his lunch before he can go outside to play this ensures that he is at least having a little of something during the day. However when his meds wear off at night he is constantly hungry. That is all we have seen as an issue my son loves school is an above average student and fully realizes the difference his meds make in his life.

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Dawn - posted on 06/14/2013

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Well I just started my 5 1/2 yr old on this med, and needless to say after reading all these comments he will NOT be taking it tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!

Amber - posted on 03/20/2012

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one of the side affects is aggresive and he did get that so i switched him and it worked for a few months thats it now my 6 yr old is doin just fine on it

Christine - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son was on Adderall when he was 5, but he had bad side effects. It did not help his concentration at all. It made him very edgy and nervous. He started biting and peeling skin off his fingers. Sometimes he would start bleeding. Plus he had no appetite. He did not use it for long. The doctor immediately took him off of it and we tried something else. It was not good at all.

Lisa - posted on 04/04/2010

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My son has been on Adderall xr 20mg since he has been 5yrs old. He is very skinny. He use to not really eat nothing now he does and he is still skinny. he has not grown really this will be going on the third summer if he dont grow!! If I let him kip a dose on the weekend by the second day he is out of control. My friend has a son the same age and her doctor told her not to put a kid on those meds for adhd because it effects (i forget what part) the brain and they dont grow and there brain dont develop the way it was meant too. She was told you should always wait until after 10yrs.and her quote "lt the school deal thats what they get paid for" But it is so hard for me I put him on it because i did not want him to hate school and for things to be easier for him (but school is not his favorite thing) the teachers had him working on his behavior so much that he was slipping academically and they couldnt understand why he was acting out! Well what do you think a kid is going to do when he dont understand his academics?? and you make him think school is to learn how to be good not for learning academically! it has been a frustrating ride but now im worried about my sons health im a single mother finishing school and have insurance through the state so therefore i believe they dont care to go out of their way of been told enough times from doctors that the state dont pay the much and its like they are doing their work for free! How unethical is that? I cant wait to be almost done with school and get "real" insurance maybe then these doctors well HELP!!!

TINA - posted on 01/09/2010

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HELLO MY NAME IS TINA ,MY SON JEREMY WAS ON ADDERALL WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER ,THE PROS IT DOES HELP THEM TO FOCUS AND RELAX BUT WITH MY SON HE HAD TROUBLE SLEEPING AND LOST ALOT OF WEIGHT .MADE HIM LOOK VERY SICK LOOKING ,NOW HE IS ON CONCERTA 54 MG AND HE IS A 15 YEAR OLD BOY AND HE HAS BEEN ON THAT FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND IT DOES HELP HIM ALOT HAVE NOT HAD ANY SIDE AFFECTS AT ALL WITH IT.MY SON GOT DIAG WITH ADHD WHEN HE WAS 5 YEARS OLD .BUT AS YOU KNOW AS A MOM YOU WILL LEARN OTHER WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD WHEN HE OR AHE IS HAVEING A TOUGH MOMENT.WHAT I DID I WOULD HOLD MY SON AND RUB HIS HEAD AND LET HIM LISTEN TO MUSIC ,THAT HELPED HIM TO RELAX AND FOCUS .WHEN HE WAS THEAT YOUNG AND STILL AT HIS AGE NOW THE MUSIC HELPS HIM ALOT.GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY.

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My son has been on Adderall since he was 5, he's 8 now. He does have the weight problem but not to the extent the doc. is worried about. I let him stay off it on the weekends and during the summer and he eats and eats and eats, lol, his sister doesn't like the idea that I'll let him eat a ton and not her but we've discussed it with her about his meds and she pretty much understands (she's almost 7). He's really had no other side effects from it. Try to make sure he eats something before he/she takes his/her meds. My son carries around granola bars in his back pack for a snack if he needs one after not eating lunch or whatever. I also try to make sure there's at least one thing for dinner that he likes to eat.

Kendra - posted on 12/02/2009

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My son took that 1st it didnt work he is now on Strattera and it works great dont make him a zombie and he still has a little energy to go through the day i dont have to tell him to go to bed at night he goes to bed on his own!

Rhonda - posted on 11/30/2009

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I have a 13yr on Adderall and its the best so far. he has been taking it for the past 6 years.. The only down side is he doesn't eat in school but when he comes home.. he eats like its his last meal

Casey - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son was on adderall the longest before we switched to Vyvanse. We switched him because first he started having little "ticks" he would lick his lips non stop! The Dr. feared this could lead to torretts and after awhile he started to slid back into depression and talking about killing himself. So were off the adderall and after some ajustments the vyvance has been a life saver. (So far and were keeping our fingers crossed) :0)

Melissa - posted on 11/29/2009

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Look for weight loss first of all. My son reacted with delusions. We have him on an all-natural supplement instead. Just keep asking her how she's feeling. If she gets pale, check for anemia which happens with ADHD meds. I'm a special ed. teacher and would love to give you extra tips. Feel free to message me or e-mail me at kidsfirst6@yahoo.com.

Anj. - posted on 11/27/2009

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My son was on Adderal for years and it worked wonderful! Only down side he had weight loss! Doc switched meds and now we are having behavior problems really bad!

Terri - posted on 11/25/2009

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Sorry. My son is on concerta. He started when he was 7. I know that adderall has a website with links to a support group where they might be able to answer some of your questions.

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