Expectations of Adderall XR

Michelle - posted on 12/27/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD, and he will begin taking Adderall XR - 5 mg tomorrow. I am nervous about what to expect. How long do I wait to decide if the medication is working or not; if it needs to be increased; or if he needs to try a different medication?

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Mary - posted on 01/09/2012

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My son was on adderal and it made him sick. they changed his to concerta and he can take it year round and it has worked wonders. He has been on it for 3 years now without any side effects that he got with all the other meds that we tried.

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Tanya - posted on 01/10/2012

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My 5 1/2 year old started the 5mg of Adderall and they told me wait 2 weeks to see if i notice a change, i didnt, so they changed it to 10mg, he was a bit calmer, but at school his teacher said he was still very implulsive, now on 15mg he is doing well, he had a few headaches and stomach aches, so last week i got him switched to Focalin 20mg, immediately he was back to his old ways so that made me realize the Adderall really was doing the job so we are switching him back to see if the side effects will subside with time. You will know the difference, it may take a few dosage changes but when it happens you will see it, Good Luck!

Barbara - posted on 01/03/2012

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@ Annette.... Thanks for the hope.... The Dr. Agreed to take her off the Adderall, she started scratching and biting herself on it, but we have not given up. The docotor said there are other meds we can try that are kind of the same, but made with a different base. I feel so bad for my daughter, she is such a sweetie, but so so very hyperactive, she is not able to stop moving at all, and she really wants to.... I will post what the next step is and how it goes....

Barbara

Annette - posted on 01/03/2012

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I have two children on Adderall XR, and I also take it as I have ADHD too. It has been a Godsend to our house. Give the med time to work. The journal is a great idea. Hang in there. Once you find the right med, it makes a world of difference.

Barbara - posted on 12/30/2011

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Sounds like good news... i am glad to hear it's working for him.....As I said I know a few families using it, and it has helped tremendously...

Barbara

Michelle - posted on 12/29/2011

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We saw immediate results with my son, and honestly I didn't really like it at first I felt like my bouncy happy little boy was gone as he was quiet and would play on his own something we weren't used to but we left him on the meds and after a week he leveled out and was back to my sweet little boy just a little slower and a lot more impulse control.

Barbara - posted on 12/29/2011

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My daughter (6) tried this a few weeks ago. Our Doctor said that even though it doesn't stay in the system, I should keep her on it for 2 weeks. She didn't want us to try to decide if there was a difference just by a few days. I kept her on it a week, before I called the doctor to take her off of it. It didn't work for her, it made her more emotional. I know people who have thier children on this and it works great for them... I keep a daily Journal, so I can look back at it and see if there are improvments. Good Luck.
Barbara

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