Focalin XR?

Cynthia - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 66 moms have responded )

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I'd love to hear, for better or worse, what other people's experiences are using Focalin XR for ADHD. This is the first medication that my 6 year old son has taken for his ADHD. I have very mixed feelings about it and just wanted to hear what others have to say about this medication. Thanks for your input.

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Audra - posted on 04/29/2014

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My 5 1/2 year old daughter just started taking Focalin (5mg). So far the only side effect seems to be an upset stomach. Even though that is minor - any side effect breaks my heart:(
Any recommendations on how to ease the stomach pain caused by Focalin? Anyone have anything that has worked for their kids?
Thanks!

Jenny - posted on 09/21/2013

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Last year we had the same problems out of mine. He was failing the first grade, constantly getting into trouble, once almost paddled, and I was at the school all of the time. It was heart breaking for me to see him struggle when I know how intelligent he is. He started the new school year on Focalin and I noticed that his grades have improved which I'm proud of but now it seems like it's affecting him in other ways I'm not happy about. Since he takes it first thing in the morning, he's too much to handle when he's home. He thinks it's funny to argue with me, he's too hyper and I can't seem to calm him down, and he's staying in trouble at home. I just can't seem to get a handle on him. And also I have noticed that he becomes extremely emotional over absolutely nothing. And I mean screaming fits that can not be controlled. I'm worried that this isn't the right medicine for him. I'm struggling with the decision to change it because it works great in some ways that he really needs it but it's not helping in others. I just don't know what to do.

User - posted on 01/24/2013

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I'm not a mom, but I started taking Focalin yesterday morning, I'm 18. My doctors office is closed, and I thought maybe someone could answer me here..

This is my first time taking any ADHD medicine.. I don't really remember what my doctor said, but i'm having some side effects, -dry mouth, uncontrollable twitches, and shortness of breath...
I also have really bad anxiety, so i feel terrible right now, and the anxiety is making it worse...

I just would like to know if this is normal in the beginning? i've only taken it twice, and i think my doctor said side effects may happen, but they'll go away.. i don't remember though.

Did these side effects happen to any of your children?
I read that the twitches are server and that you should stop taking it, but im unsure...

please if someone reads this, reply!

Monique - posted on 06/09/2013

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My son is 10, diagnosed with ADHD 4 yrs ago. He's been on Focalin 10mg for 3 years now, same dosage the whole time and his grades are wonderful, homework getting done, routine is so important for kiddos with this diagnosis. Our doctor administered 10mg Focalin originally, but if I had it to do it over I would've started my little guy on 5mg then worked his way up to 10mg if need be, however I didn't know better then. So, we are very proactive with his treatment plan. I think its important to realize and recognize, when Focalin is administered at 7am this wears off at 3pm-4pm, so ofcourse your little one would demonstrate symptoms at home like talking too much, you know signs associated with ADHD, etc. And this is alright for this to happen. I only have my son take this for the school day, not weekends or to help us out in the evenings at home. It's our job, as parents to accept things we cannot change, including increasing the dosage because it wears off by the time he gets home, etc. I read this from another comment in this thread and its very disturbing to me to think parents would change dosage based on this. Anyhow, my son is healthy, happy, and thriving on a 10mg a minimal dosage that works wonderfully for its purpose. That is, to get him through a school day, focussed for school lessons, etc. I hope this information helps you!

UPDATE December 7, 2015:
I want everyone to know the outcome of keeping my son on Focalin on a low dosage of 10 mg for 4 years when he was in 1st through 4th grades, we never changed the dosage. It worked fine the whole time. Now, he is completely medication free! Has been medication free since the Summer entering into 5th grade year 2 years ago. I was so nervous to do this! Everyone, including his 4th grade teacher, were pushing us to put him back on medication. It was difficult when everyone disagrees with your decision. The summer right after 4the grade, we took him off the pills because his medication withdrawal symptoms were getting worst. Plus I worried it would stunt his growth entering into the 5th grade and he no longer had signs of hyperactivity. So it made sense to not put him back on. The 5th grade teacher agreed with us and it turns out he was doing great. He went from having all A's on his report card to a couple B's but this is okay. He was still above average academically and we had tutors working with him afterschool. Now my son is in middle school, still medication free, doing incredibly well! I am so proud of him!! It is possible, my son is living proof. Please try to find a solution outside of medication as your child grows out of the symptoms associated with ADD or ADHD. I will continue to be proactive and fight for my son's well being. Thank you for reading this. I hope it helps you figure out how to proceed with your child's treatment plan!

Jo Anna - posted on 03/29/2013

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My son just turned 7 a couple of weeks ago and has been on 10mg of Focalin XR for 3 months. The past 3 months have been excellent on the medication but in just the last two weeks I have noticed an increase in his impulsive behavior like whistling, making noises, figiting and repeating himself. I spoke to his pediatrician and we will be upping his dose to 15mg and test that for a week to see if things get a little better or stay the same.
Before he was on Focalin he was on Adderall for about 10 months. When we upped his dose on Adderall we noticed increased aggression and emotional swings. I looked for a pediatrician with specialities in treating ADHD children and imidiately after switching peditricians he recommended switching to Focalin XR. The change was dramatic and all the side effects seemed to go away except for the pesky no appetite. As with any medication, it takes time to find the right one and the right dosage. Stick with it!
On a different note, I am an ADHD kid and grew up on ADHD medication from the age of 5-16. I went through About 10-13 different kinds of medication as your body builds up a tolerance. Some were great, some were good, and one was awful. But looking back 15+ years after stopping the medication, I thank goodness my parents were brave enough to put me on meds. If you've never had ADHD then I completely understand the emotional turmoil of whether or not to put your child on meds. But as someone who's gone through it, it makes all the difference in the world. Yes its a hassle, yes it takes way more work figuring out dosages and ways to get them to eat but in the end I was happy I was on meds and I want to give my son the same chance at controlling his ADHD.
April Mooney - My strategy for combatting the no appetite is this... Once a month on the weekend I make full fat and high protein buttermilk pancakes and buttermilk French toast from scratch, (not the bread, I buy the bread, lol). Both of them freeze wonderfully and all we have to do in the mornings is pop the frozen French toast in the toaster or the pancakes in the microwave. He has a normal appetite in the morning so he eats about 2 slices of one or the other and to his extreme embarrassment he has an organic yo baby yogurt, (which is the only yogurt I've found that uses whole organic milk and has probiotics). We usually give him his meds on a spoonful of the yogurt. 9 days out of 10 he will finish all his breakfast.  The main reason I do this is to sneak as much fat and protein in his diet as I can.  For lunch I send him with a peanut butter and jelly/honey sandwich, (although you could use any other nut or even sunflower seed butter if your child has a peanut allergy), fruit and water or full fat milk mixed with Hershey's. I'm lucky if he eats everything but when he gets home I immediately make him eat a LARA Bar (the protein and fat content are very high) and some fruit. About a half an hour before dinner I give him his daily vitamins with an added 500mg vitamin C chewable. Our pediatrician recommended it because he said vitamin C increases hunger. Whether it helps to flush the Focalin out of his system as others have stated, I don't know.  It's hard to tell because his medication is already starting to wear off by 5pm anyway (we give him his meds at 6:30 am BTW). I tried the shake bit but the problem with them is the whole milk you mix it with or it comes with is that its very filling and to much of it gives your kid constipation which makes them not hungry. Arggg the vicious cycle! My solution is Almond milk, its not as high in fat as whole milk but it has lots of protein and he can drink twice as much during the day without getting as full and no constipation side effects.
On the whole I've actually been able to make him gain 2 pounds in the last 6 months rather that loose 4 pounds he lost during the fist six months on ADHD medication. If you want some recipes and other foods I give him just drop me a private message and I can give them to you.

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Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Wendi - posted on 09/28/2017

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My son began medication (state forced) in the second grade. We tried several and ultimately got on Focalin xr because it worked regarding his behavior. He stayed out of trouble and became an honor roll student. However, it gives him stomach issues, headaches, sore throat. This is his first year in high school and we decided to go without. His vice principal said he saw my son more in the first two weeks more than any kid in his career total. I asked if he thought we should go back to meds and the vice principal said he didn't believe in it (typical teacher response). Well we went back on it and my son hasn't been in trouble once in two weeks. Unfortunately he still gets stomach issues, occasional headaches and sore throat. We've really had to weigh the pros and cons with this but my son is so much happier not getting in trouble that he'd rather deal with these side effects. I feel guilty but then I remind myself he benefits GREATLY.

Christine - posted on 09/08/2016

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Monique Borom - I am so glad your child stopped taking his medication. What kind of help did you do for him? My son started when he was 7 and he is now 10. I see some side effects on Focalin XR 20 mg. It makes me sad when he is anxious and cries about little things. He said it's the medication and he wants to stop taking it. I am concerned about his grades. He said he doesn't think he needs it anymore. But I'd rather have a happy hyperactive child than a lonely one. I need help!

Kristen - posted on 01/14/2016

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Jenny Rains - That sounds just like my son's issues. The only difference is in kindergarten, his teacher was a special education teacher but had regular students as well so she had the "boys will be boys" theory. She didn't feel he was ADHD, just a little bored in class so I never got him tested. This year, much younger teacher, and pregnant. She was adamant that he was and so I got him tested after he started the year off terribly. He got his first paddle within the first few months of school. He was coming home with sad faces and bad behavior notes almost daily. The doctor started him on Focalin XR 5 mg. He was doing great until recently. Since he's been on medication, he has not had emotional outbursts and fits of rage. The last 3 nights, he has though and last night was awful. I'm taking him back to the doctor on Friday in hopes of figuring something out. His school is doing a school-based health center beginning in a few weeks so counseling sessions and doctor visits may become much easier. Something has to give. Focalin works great at school but by the time he gets home, he is out of control. He is very emotional about everything as well.

Brandyemanns - posted on 03/25/2015

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My son was diaogised with ADHD about a month ago he first started out on concerta 18mg I saw a little change but nothing too major we went up to 28mg and still no major change in focus but I noticed he started to flick his eyes A lot after only two 2days of taking the 28mg I stopped it immediately it broke my heart to see my son try to stop blanking so much but couldn't he would tell me "mom I'm trying to stop but I can't help it"!..haven't given him that since when back to the doctor and she gave him vyvanse 30mg and after reading some of the reviews&side effects I'm afraid to give it to him I'll feel horrible if something was to happen period but definately while taking any medication I gave the OK on... I just want the best for him I haven't had any behavioral issues his problem is just with focusing and staying on task ..I read something about fish oil helping with adhd has anyone else read that as well? Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Stephanie - posted on 08/08/2014

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We went through the same thing with my son, but I think it was just that he finally slowed down enough to think about what people might mean by the things they say, and to care what they think. Just encourage her, and build her self esteem. She'll be fine.

APRIL - posted on 11/29/2013

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My son is five and was started on Vyvanse I. June only for two weeks because it caused terrible stomach aches. He was then put on Focalin 5 but we increased it to Focalin 10xr because he is very hyper and is the top of his class and I want it to stay this way. The only complaint is for it to be xr it wears off fast.

Richelle - posted on 10/29/2013

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My son has taken Focalin XR for three years and it has been wonderful. Almost no side effects, except the low appetite which I counter by mixing carnation instant breakfast into a glass of whole milk/half half every other day. He had a one day neuropsych eval and dx with ADHD. The difference is amazing and his self esteem is much better. School is much better, home is much better....like night and day. I think he is starting to outgrow his dose of 10mg that he has been on since he was 9. Increased forgetfulness and impulsive behavior are now being seen.

Sherri - posted on 09/21/2013

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My oldest son is 8yrs old and was diagnosed w/ mild ADHD at age 6. My pediatrician left it up to me if I wanted to put him on meds. After some deep thinking I chose to try the meds due to lack of good grades, and phone calls from the guidance counselor everyday. We started him on the lowest dose of Focalin XR. He immediately did a 360 in school. Grades shot up, no more phone calls and overall all symptoms of the ADHD disappeared. After 1 yr I noticed it wasn't working as well. My pediatrician recommended Vyvanse. Tried this med and after 1 wk took him off. He became very depressed, emotional, and angry. Started complaining about headaches. I opted to put him back on Focalin. He is a straight A student and very bright. Only downfalls to keeping him on the lowest dose of the Focalin are, very rammy in the AM before giving it to him, and after school when it wears off, small decrease in weight and I just wish it would last longer in the day rather than just while he is at school. But overall this is the right med for my child. Unfortunatley I think you have to try out a couple of these meds before finding the right one for your child. As time goes I may try a higher dose, if I feel he is slipping at school again, but for now we are under control. Hope this helps. :)

Jenny - posted on 09/19/2013

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My 7 year old son started on Focalin 2 1/2 months ago. He was diagnosed ADHD when he was 4. They put him on Aderol and I realized that Aderol isn't for young children. It's for pre teens to teens so I'm confused as to why there are so many parents on here who's small children are or have been on Aderol. Either way it turned out bad so he's now on Focalin. He's always been to an extent temperamental but I've noticed that not only has his temper gotten worse at certain times but he's also extremely emotional about absolutely nothing! He had a horrible episode just tonight screaming at the top of his little lungs all because his dad wanted to talk to him. He's on 10mg but I'm afraid to bump him up. What should I do?? Is this normal? Does anyone else's children react this way from Focalin?

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2013

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April, my daughter is 6 and on her second day of Focalin XR. We just received the diagnosis of ADHD and nonverbal learning disorder. She is also labeled as very intelligent as her vocabulary was rated superior by the psychologist. The thing I have noticed is, she talked a lot to begin with, and these last two days have been more than excessive. Did you see this at first with your daughter?

Jmachmer - posted on 06/10/2013

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Our 6yr old will begin tomorrow. Lowest dosage to begin. I'm nervous and scared. Hoping this is the right choice for our little guy.

Sueann - posted on 05/31/2013

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My 9 yr old daughter did the same thing. Still is. Told dr and all they said was were going to keep her on it and monitor her on it.

Nicci - posted on 05/17/2013

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I just started my son who is eleven on the Focalin they have prescribed him only 10mg. The first day he started taking it I noticed a big difference he brought homework home and did his class assignments, he was like a completely different kid, very calm and curtious. He has been on it for a week now and to be honest it seems like he is starting to go back into his old ways of hyperactivity and talking a mile a min. I have an appointment in the the next week to see how progress has been and to be honest Im thinking about asking for him to get a higher dosage. I saw progress but now it seems to be slipping away I hope this next visit will provide answers.I dont like the the fact that I have to have him on meds but I want him to be able to have a normal life as much as possible.

Genifer - posted on 04/06/2013

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We have just started our 6 year old daughter on Focalin xr 5mg this morning. (4-6-13) she seems very calm but has been super sensitive about everything!!! She has had about 3 crying incidents. Is this normal? Does her system just need to get used too the medicine?....

Andi - posted on 03/25/2013

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I know exactly what you are talking about! We started our daughter on natural supplements and put her on all sorts of diets. No dairy, all proteins, no sugar. You name it we tried it!
I was scared to death to put her on any ADHD medicine. Here we are! I have confident and happy girls!
My one daughter (14) who takes Focalin XR does not seem to be having any eating problems. My other daughter who takes Vivance however does. Here are some tips we have found extremely useful.
A huge breakfast in the morning with lots and lots of protein is extremely important. Get creative.
If she skips lunch feed her a big snack when she gets home and possibly a later dinner when the meds have worn off.
Ensure(make sure its cold) is a great shake to give, its a meal.
Shakes are great! Add protein powder in it. They have a good one a Costco. look at the protein content and buy the one with the highest.
Is she losing weight?
My daughter is thin and I always worried about it but she wasn't loosing so much weight were it would be a problem.
If she is starting to look gaunt and extremely skinny perhaps you can talk to your pediatrician about a drug called cyproheptadine 4 mg. Cyproheptadine is used before meals to increase appetite and it does not affect ADHD medicine.
Another interesting fact that I also learned thru our ADHD guru was that if you take 1000 milligrams of vitamin C it counter acts the ADHD medicine and pushes it out of your system almost immediately.
I lower my daughters dosage when they are not in school. For instance my 12 year old takes Vivance 35 and doesn't have a huge appetite on it and seems really really focus while attending school. On the weekends and on vacations I give her 20.. She eats like a horse is calm and not as focused but than that works great for all of us since school is not and issue.
My 14 year old takes Focalin 20 and she does not take it on the weekends nor on vacation. She does take 20 at 5:00 am and than takes another 20 at 4:00 pm if she is doing school work until late at night. Thats when the vitamin C comes in before bedtime so that she can kick Focalin out of her system. This happens 2 times a month if that.

One thing to also consider is the dosage that is being given to your daughter. It is usually hard to ask a 6 year old if they know the difference. Have you tried to see the difference between different doses of Focalin?
Heres some signs if she is on the wrong dose. Is she over sleepy or over stimulated?
If you increase the dose and you do not see a clear improvement of her target symptoms than her dose is correct.
I hope this helps! Hang in there you are on top of it!

April - posted on 03/24/2013

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Our 6yr old daughter just started focalin about a month ago. After two years of natural/homeopathic, gluten free, sometimes dairy free regimen. Natural worked for a while but with her being in first grade, she was rapidly falling behind in reading and being able to complete work. I had guilt for putting her on the RX but also had guilt if i did not. It becomes a matter of self esteem and it wasn't fair for me to prevent her from being the best possible student. Her iq is 128, I'm not certain what that really means, but her psy says she is very intelligent and is easily bored in class and with the ADHD it prevents her from being capable to make it thru her daily work. Emotional outbursts were present before focalin, they are reduced while she is on the medication but does creep back more severe as it wears off. She was also prescribed remeron (sp) to help her rest at night, intuniv at night to help with impulse control and Zoloft which we haven't started yet. The main reason is she is still undergoing testing for LD and possibly mild Aspergers and they want her medications consistent while testing. The only other time she was on an RX was at 7 mos old with an ear infection. Which we found out was due to mold in our home and dairy allergy. So I have huge concerns with her being not only on focalin, but the others too. Appetite is a huge issue! We make hot lunches everyday and she hasn't eaten any lunch in 2 weeks. She does eat a little breakfast... Little dinner and that's it. I am very concerned... She goes to after school karate everyday and feels sick while there and I'm assuming its no food vs high activity. So when she gets home she is nauseated and doesn't feel like eating. How do you make them eat? I have tried everything in my arsenal! Even bribe with money!! Any advice or guidance is most appreciated! And Thank You for initiating this post! ~ April

Andi - posted on 02/07/2013

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Being a mother of two children on different medicines - Foculin and Vivance. I thought that I would post this in hopes that it might help those of you with questions and anxieties about your children being on ADHD meds.
First of all if your child is completely different in a negative way while taking any ADHD medicine he/she is taking the wrong stuff. Try a different one until your child feels minor and I mean minor side effects. The biggest side effect I have found is the appetite factor and that is about it. This is workable. Huge protein filled breakfast before taking medicine and a huge dinner once medicine wears out a bit.
Your child should fall asleep without being agitated on medicines.
Trial and error is the key. I know its hard to keep trying different medicines but until you find the right one for your child you wont know which is best.
It is extremely important to seek a doctor who treats ADHD patients on a regular basis. This helped me tremendously. They are extremely knowledgeable about all side effects of medicine and how children should react on them. I found that my pediatrician did not help as much as our Psychiatrist who treats hundreds of patients with ADHD.

Camille - posted on 01/28/2013

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My son is 7 and is on 10mg in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. He has his good days and bad days, we go back to the doctor he might get switched back up to 15 in the morning. The main problem I have the medicine is the way he is at night he gets very angry and cries a lot! I really want to take him off meds that is my goal, I want him to learn to focus and control his impulses with natural remedies. I just started giving him magnesium we'll see how that works. Children with ADHD are deficient in magnesium. If anyone else has a natural remedies that work please let me know!

Tiffany - posted on 01/02/2013

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My 8 year old started with focalin at the beginning of this school year. At first I felt that the medication was helping him because he was listening a lot better, and he was was not running around the house like a mad man, but now I see that he has lost some weight, he does not have much of an appetite, until bedtime, and he acts like a zombie, with no emotion. I am still not sure if I want him to continue with this medication. My issue is that I am divorced and I have fought for years with my kids dad about getting Clayton some help. Since the divorce, Clayton has not been the same, and I wanted him to speak to a psychologist or psychiatrist. My ex talked to Clayton's pediatrician, and after a few tests, he was diagnosed with ADHD, and put on Focalin. I do not give my son the medication, if we are going to be at home all day. I give it to him when he needs to go to school. The medication supposedly has no long term effects, meaning that once it is gone, it is gone, so is it a problem to give it to him only during school? Please help me, my ex thinks that overtime this medication will help my son be rid of ADHD, and I do not know if that is true.

Thanks,
Tiffany

Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2012

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My son is on 0.1 mg of clonidine which is great for night but makes him sleep during day even if I break it in 1/4 so I'm going to talk to his dr about focalin during day another mom I was talking to said it works for her son once before school and again at noon then if needed clonidine at night

April - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son just started on Focalin and I have mixed feelings on it. When he first started, the time release worked great for school days, but in the evening he was even worse for doing homework. Doc upped the dosage a bit and now it seems to work pretty well. It does mess with his appetite, but doc recommended trying to add whole milk and breakfast bars to his diet to give him extra calories. (My son is 11 years old and in 5th grade)

Diana - posted on 02/18/2010

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My son has been on Focalin XR 10mg for a month now. I have seen improvement with him getting homework done in a half hour instead of 4 hours and, his writing is better to. However, the Pediatrician says it is not the cause of him being overly emotional but, I am reading here that alot of you have had the same issue? The teachers are giving me grief over this. I can't win with the teacher! Uhg! I think my son has improved and now they find something else to complain about.

Brenda - posted on 07/16/2009

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a suggestion, I have my son eat a good breakfast and drink a pediasure every morning and ask his teacher to just ask him if he would drink his milk or eat a bite at lunch and if he doesn't I am fine with that, and remember this also these meds are like drinking coffee once they are gone out of his system it is gone. and he will eat and make up for the rest of the day.

Brenda - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son has taken several different meds in this catagory and Focalin XR is the first one he actually has a bit of an appetite. Now you need to understand that these meds bring them down so they can concentrate so if he is in school it will be helpful it is hard as a mother or parent to see your child in this state because it is very different than what your use to. My son has taken this for a couple of years now.

Shelby - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son son is also very emotional when coming off the Focalin in the evenings. He cries about everything. But overall it is the best medication in my opinion because he still eats and interacts. But yes the emotions do come along with it for my son also.

Angie - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son has been on Focalin since April. We started him on 5 mg and that has been enough. He is 5 years old and was in pre-k when we put him on this. Let me tell you, it was a miracle pill for him. He had been on a behavior chart in pre-k and had NEVER been able to complete one of the projects and get a smiley face. The first day he was on this and at school he was able to do the class project. He could actually sit and listen to a story and was asking friends to play with him at center time. As a parent you never want to see your child being left out or no one wanting to play with him because of how they act. I am so grateful we put him on this when we did. Now he can start kindergarten in the fall and I am confident that he can thrive. We haven't really noticed many side effects with Focalin. His appetite is there, it may have even increased. Some days he may be a little emotional as he comes off of it, but I think that also may have something to do with it being summer and him being on the go from the second he gets up in the morning.

Shelby - posted on 07/16/2009

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My 4 year old started taken it about a month ago and he does great. The only thing I don't like is that it seems to wear off after a couple of hours. He takes it twice a day but besides that I love it. My son started out on Adderal XR and it was horrible. He was like a zombie and picked all day. With the Focalin, my little boy still eats and plays with his siblings. I don't want to try any other meds because he acts so normal while taking the Ficalin. My son also takes clonodine at night to control his impulsive behavior at night and to help him sleep. These together are a life saver for me!

Teres - posted on 07/14/2009

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This shoudl change in a few weeks, if not you may want to try something different. I hope everything works out with meds though it really is a great to have some control over the disorder. It helps everyone in the family regain some sanity. lol

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2009

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My 6 yr old was just diagnosed with ADHD a few months ago. He was put on 2.5mg of Focalin to start but there wasn't any change so they increased it to 5mg. Then he got sick to his stomach about a hr after taking it and vomited every time he tried to eat or drink anything. But every medication works differently for each child.

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