Has anyone put their kids on Concerta?

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Sarah - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son is 12 yrs old and has been on Concerta for probably about 5 yrs. It was the best thing that happened to him, and it rebuilt our family life again.



Obviously as a childcare practitioner myself, medication was my last route, but I am so glad I made the decision for my son to take it. We now have quality family life.

Danielle - posted on 08/02/2011

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My son has only been on Concerta since we found out he had ADHD. He is now up to 27mgs a day and it makes a big difference when he takes it. Each child's body will react to this medicine in different ways. Just make sure you do your research before you put your child on any meds.

Karin - posted on 04/10/2009

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HI THERE-MY SON HAS BEEN TAKING CONCERTA SINCE AGE 6, NOW 11-NO SIDE EFFECTS NOTED. HE HAS ONLY HAD HIS DOSE INCREASED 1 TIME FROM 18MG TO 36MG--I DEF NOTICED A DIFFERENCE-CALMER--LESS DIFFICULTY PAYING ATTENTION IN SCHOOL-EFFECTS LAST ABOUT 8HRS. STILL SLEEPS WELL, AND HAS A GOOD APPETITE.

Amy - posted on 04/22/2012

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Yes. My ds tried Concerta. Started on 18mg, then 36mg, then 54mg. Only worked for a few weeks...as most stimulants he's tried.

Diane - posted on 08/05/2011

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was wondering if anyone has been on concerta for narcolepsy? they are trying this on my daughter she goes and gets her meds today so keeping our figures crossed it works, tried ritalin it only works for 2 hours.

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Katie - posted on 03/07/2014

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how long have they been on Adderall? have you noticed they have to increase the dose regularly?

Katie - posted on 03/06/2014

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My son tried Concerta (36), but it lasted way too long for him, and he couldn't fall asleep. He did great on metadata CD (until our insurance took it off the list of what we could choose from). It lasted about 8-9 hours for him. It is also 30% (initial) - 70% (second dose), like concerta. He ate better too. We are now trying out Ritalin LA (supposed to have identical release mechanism, etc., to Metadate CD). But instead of 40 mg, like on the metadata, we have to now try 30, because, on the Ritalin LA, it was a little too high dose for him. (He was having slight sadness/ let-down on the weekends and a slight headache. His doc. said both of these signs meant it was lasting too long for him. By the way, she also mentioned, focalin can be worse for appetite.) Hang in there while you find your answers. I know it is hard. :)

Jaime - posted on 03/05/2014

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My son has been on concerta now for 4 weeks. He started out on he lowest dose ans was then bumped to 36 mg after 2 weeks. I have noticed a serious lack of appetite and have started giving him Ensure and extra healthy snack when I can get him to eat. My biggest concern is his insomnia. He takes his meds at 7:00am. At 10:30pm he is still wide awake after being In bed for two hours! Please help!

Betsey - posted on 06/23/2013

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Hi Nicole,my son is now 25 but when he was younger we used concerta. Concerta was the best in my opionion. It helped him alot when he took it.The problem was i didn't start him until he was about 13 and he hated taking medsHe said he hated the way all the medication made him fell..He would spit it out when i wasn't looking.So we could tell the days he did and didn't take it.Now 12 years later he will finally admit to it.LOL

Micah - posted on 06/23/2013

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My daughter is 12 years old and has been on Concerta 54 since she was 7. She only weighs 63 pounds at age 12 while her friends are around 80-100 pounds and she hates it. I can tell she is sick of hearing how skinny she is or if she ever eats. Her appetite can be better than others some days. She recently had surgery because she had appendicitis so that really affected her appetite I took her off of her meds while she was in the hospital and she was great. Probably because they had her all dosed up with Morphine! She also has EXTREME insomnia. It takes her around two hours to get to sleep on school nights but she often stays up ALL NIGHT! She gets so tired but can't fall asleep and I feel so bad for her because then it knocks her off her sleep schedule. She also gets tics. She peels the skin off her lips which bothers me so I often find myself snapping at her to stop picking them. She also blinks a lot and twitches the muscles in her foot. I have tried numerous times in the past to take her off the meds for a day but it is a disaster! She had ADHD. She's climbing on walls, picking with her sisters, starting arguments, doing whatever comes to her mind, and acting way out of character! She absolutely hates being on medicine because she says that she hates being that kid with ADHD and everybody else gets to wake up and be normal but she wakes up and immediately has to take a pill because she can't control herself. And she crus everytime someone even asks her if she took her medicine!

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2012

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My son, at the same age started taking a 5mg top up of Ritalin at about 3pm He is now nearly 16 and takes 54mg Concerta at 7am and recently another 27mgs at 1pm, as he is studying for his GCSES. He has always needed some form of top up from about 12yrs. Your son has only been on it a month, I don't think they would top him up just yet as they are still monitoring him.

Karen - posted on 04/22/2012

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My 11 year old son was just diagnosed with adhd about a month ago.He started taking 27 mg of concerta about a week ago.So far its working good,he had a nose bleed one night but thats about it.My only concern is he takes it at 7 am before he goes to school,and its out of his system when he comes home around 3:30 which still makes it difficult for him to do his homework.... Any suggestions?

Danielle - posted on 08/02/2011

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My son has only been on Concerta since we found out he had ADHD. He is now up to 27mgs a day and it makes a big difference when he takes it. Each child's body will react to this medicine in different ways. Just make sure you do your research before you put your child on any meds.

Kirstin - posted on 07/27/2011

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My 12 year old has been on Concerta for about 3 years. She was started on the lowest dose, and is currently taking 54mg. When she was on the lower doses, we noticed it would wear off after school, so she couldn't get her homework done. She was put on a low dose of Ritalin for afterschool, but with the 54mg, she doesn't need it. She is on a med vacation right now, but has the option to take them if she wants. She doesn't like being without them, she feels scattered and unfocused.

Michelle - posted on 05/14/2011

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my son was on Focalin xr which worked great with his school work but it seemed to wear off too quickly and was causing him to have terrible temper tantrums and we had issues with sleep and eating habits. We just started him on Concerta and now have a few issues with school but the sleeping and eating are better and there are no tantrums. I think it's different for every kid and you just have to keep trying and until you find one that works. That and their bodies become used to the meds too so it may be a factor as well.

Helene - posted on 05/13/2011

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My son has been on Concerta for three years. He is 11 now. In the beginning and for a couple of weeks, he would experience stomach aches and was almost lethargic which in a bizarre way was a blessing because he was so calm but on the other hand, it was sad to see him as if we had sedated him. Once the initial symptoms subsided, he went back to normal but with more focusing in class and definitely making better choices in how he interacted with friends and classmates.
It pained me then and even now to put him on medication that would possibly have side effects and one of them being suppressing his appetite which he was never a big eater. Lunches I send with him to school go straight in the garbage because he doesn't touch it. It is frustruating. Last year, he lost wait and was put on liquid supplements which he liked but I stopped it because I need him to learn to eat real food and not just drink nutrition. At that rate, he would begin to have stomach issues since there would be no solids in his stomach.He has refused to take his meds in the morning sometime or in our rush, it's forgotten. The teachers and his classmates/friends definitely see the difference in him and so do I......he is hungry! As much as I don't like having him on meds and my husband is so against it, I feel it is the lesser evil because it helps him to focus in class and calculate his actions. Over the years, there are a few of his classmates that also have ADHD and some have shared that they are on meds which I think makes them feel that they are not freaks but normal kids.
We need to do what we feel is best for our own children for their own well being in the future. Good Luck to all of us!

Shayla - posted on 12/10/2010

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I didnt want to medicate my son who is 10 but after him falling more and more behind we thought we would give it a try. He is taking Concerta 18mg which is the lowest dose. After taking if for a short period of time he is doing better in school, but has a loss of appetite but is also kinda chunky anyways so this might help that too. I just dont want any long term nero side affects does anyone know about this?

Stacie - posted on 04/17/2009

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My son Willie is 10 he was on Concerta for at age 6 to almost 8 but he started pulling out his hair in patches that was at 27 mg So I tried adderall xr and he is also on Depakote the combination works fine for him now

Kim - posted on 04/17/2009

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me again. I just read some of the other replies and on seeing them i was prompted to write again. My son has been on (since the age of 4) dex with ritalin until he was 11, then just ritalin for 1 year, then ritalin long acting 40mg for 2 years, he has been on concerta for the past 18 months, starting at 36mg and we are now down to 18mg.starting last week he has started a trial off it but he is still taking clonidine which helps. he is also a kidney transplant recipient at the age of 3.

Kim - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have a 12 yr old that has been on concerta for 3 years, he is excelling in school. I do not give him the meds when school is out, or on weekends. He is ADD, but the only side effects he has told me about is appetite suppressant, and sometimes it makes him tired. I have a 8 yr old on adderal 60 mg and he is adhd, he also needs clonidine to sleep. Each child is individual, so its trial and error - but dont give up, and if you have an experienced dr, or could find an add/adhd clinic !!!

Rachael - posted on 04/15/2009

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My 10 year old started out with ritilan twice a day but was switched to concerta 2 years ago.  It is time released so it helps with school.  I give it to him in the morning an hour before he leaves that way it kicks in before he gets to school. I have no problems with it at all. 

Angie - posted on 04/15/2009

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I know this question was asked 4 months ago but I just joined this community.  I have a 12 year old daughter who has been on Concerta for 2-3 years now.  It really helps her with her focus but I am afraid it is causiing her some pscyological side effects because she has an immense fear of everything (which is absolutely nothing b/c she has created it in her own mind).  So, we are getting ready to switch to something different.  Every child is different and different meds work differently for each child.  Concerrta is the 3rd thing we have tried.  It has worked the best so far. 

Peggy - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hey Nicole,

My son has been on Concerta for a while now as well as Depakote and Risperadol. He has ADHD and ODD. It's working for his on 36mg and the combo of drugs are working well...FINALLY!!! We have tried several medications and this so far is the best but he also has his bad days but he also has great days!!! I try to focus on the great days and hope they will soon outnumber the bad ones, lol! He is 6 and sometimes it's hard to tell when he is being a normal 6 yr old boy and a bad boy with ADHD/ODD ya know?

Too bad there wasn't a sign that flashed over their heads that let us know which one. Then I wouldn't feel so bad about yelling at him when he does something that I'm not sure he has control over doing, ya know???

The only thing I can tell you is give it some time to work and it does take time and trial to find the right medication and sometimes it takes more than one med to get things under control.

Hope this helped.

Take care,

Peggy

Leigh - posted on 04/11/2009

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My son Ben was diagnosed with severe ADHD when he was  7yrs old and he was put on Concerta 32mg now my son is 11 he take's 72mg and i find this help's him a great deal  as without  these tablet's my son has no sence of danger,he finds it hard 2 get on with ppl at school his disruptive,rude,nd very abusive, he also destroys evrything in his way, but when ben takes his medication every day he is like a changed child a pleasure to be around, Dont get me wrong some days can be bad days (we all hav them) but alot of the time his easier to handle, my personal opinion is putting ben on these tablets was the BEST thing for him as now he can live a normal lfe without feeling his different from other children and he finds it easier to make friends now as before he never had any cause children were intimidated by his behavior,



the only thing i will say is my son dont eat a great deal untill his medication is out of his system at night time but the doctor monitors his weight and height and blood pressure, i feel it was the best thing for him and you know ya child more then ny1 so look into it and decide for yourself, smetimes you have 2 try different medication to  see which one suits your child best, Good luck in doing this x 

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter, Heather (13) was on Concerta for a couple years. She was on 54 mg. It worked very well for her but she didn't eat much during that time. However, it seems Heather has issues with anger management no matter what medication she is on so perhaps it didn't help. It did make it easier for her to be less hyper and to be able to focus.

Cheryl - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter, Heather (13) was on Concerta for a couple years. She was on 54 mg. It worked very well for her but she didn't eat much during that time. However, it seems Heather has issues with anger management no matter what medication she is on so perhaps it didn't help. It did make it easier for her to be less hyper and to be able to focus.

Virginia - posted on 04/11/2009

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My son is 10 years old. Was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 1. Well at the end of the day Ritilan was his feature, Then as he got older it changed to COnverta. The past few months has been difficult. It seems like his medication needs to be increased. First have to take him back to his Doctor. But i would rather refer him to a new doctor that might have more insight. His battling with his school work. Will see how it goes from here.

Joni - posted on 04/10/2009

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my  son 7yr  was on 54mg  and doing great! Except  he stopped growing!  Didn't have any other side affects. Oh well went to Vyvanase and it's working well and he's growing again.

Jennifer - posted on 04/10/2009

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We started with Adderal at age 6.5, which eventually made my son not be able to eat or sleep well. Concerta worked better for us, until we weighed out of the highest dose, even with the option of 10mg of focalin to "boost" us through the homework in the evening. Now we are on Vyvanse, still with focalin 10mg as needed (for heavy homework days, when we are doing homework at 6 or 7pm), however it is getting harder to find Focalin at such a low dose, because they are moving more toward 12 hour pills.



I find that with anyone or any medication it is best to start low and work your way up, rather than over-medicate. Pay attention to detail, the side effects (like not sleeping) can manifest weeks or months later rather than right away. Many of these medications say that mood swings are a common side effect. The sooner you have it regulated though, the better - adolescence brings its own mood swings, and then it will be harder to tell if the medication is to blame or the hormones! My son is 12 this month, and I truly think its the hormones...

Nikki - posted on 04/10/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Has anyone put their kids on Concerta?



YES AND IT MADE MY SON LOOK AND ACT LIKE A ZOMBIE TRY WELBUTRIN OR TRAZIDONE THOSE WORK GOD AND THE TRAZIDONEIS ON THE CHEAP $4 SCRIPTS AT WALMART

Lyndsey - posted on 04/04/2009

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My son was on it for a few years, but maxed out on it, so he was put on a different medication. Before he maxed out, he did fine, but once his behavior started to change at school, for the worse, he got put on a different medication and now I have my old B back.

Ingrid - posted on 04/03/2009

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Hi, I had my son on concerta for about 2 years and it helped his focus a little but gave him some trouble with his stomach. After 2 years he started developing "tics". The pediatrician took him off and within a week the tics were gone, tried putting him back on at a lower dose and the tics came back. Now he is on Straterra and is doing SUPER!



Huge diffrence, and no tics! Good luck on finding what works for you.

Sarah - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son is 12 yrs old and has been on Concerta for probably about 5 yrs. It was the best thing that happened to him, and it rebuilt our family life again.



Obviously as a childcare practitioner myself, medication was my last route, but I am so glad I made the decision for my son to take it. We now have quality family life.

Coby - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son was on Concerta at various mg for about 2 months and for him it never really seemed to work, but as we've all learned having a kid w/ADHD nothing works the same for everyone. He's now on Vyvanse 40mg and doing well with the ADHD symptoms, not we're just trying to manage the ODD.

Roxana - posted on 04/02/2009

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My oldest daughter was formally diagnosed in the first grade (although I knew something from day one). We went through several different medicines, using or not using, etc. She is now on Concerta and doing fine. I felt terrible giving her the meds (I couldn't stand the thought of long term effects) until I was also diagnosed with ADHD and have seen the peace that comes along with being able to maintain focus and concentration in basic daily activities.

Beverly - posted on 04/02/2009

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Yes, my 10yr old daughter has been on concerta for about 2months now and it is has been GREAT for her. She is happy, grades have gone up and she is doing so well in school now. her appetite is not the greatest, but i give her a big breakfast and have her snack throughout the day.............Good Luck. If you need anything else, just ask.

-Beverly-

Trina - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son was on it. he is 12. he had stomaches, not eatn wouldnt sleep at night.

Rhonda - posted on 04/01/2009

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yes we put our son on concerta and after about a week he had awful mood swings couldnt control his anger at all. so he now takes strattera and its wonderful !!!

Cindy - posted on 03/20/2009

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We had my 9 year old son on Concerta for quite and while and it worked great. Eventually he became immune to it, so we had to make a med change, but all in all, he did very well on it.

Emma - posted on 03/20/2009

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my son is on concerta its helping him a lot with school but when hes not at school ike in the holiday periods i like him to be himself so i dont give it to him he still needs to be himself onc in a while and sometimes its nice to see the true brandon not the medicated one

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2009

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Yes my daughter is on Concerta 72 mg daly.  The only side effect is she's not hunger during the day...eats big breakfast and eats a couple dinners and munchies at night .  She has been on it for 4 years with no side effects, mood springs (except when it wheres off)  I think it is trial and error to find the one that works best;  she can't take addrell makes her way to emotional.

Kandice - posted on 03/19/2009

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What do you do to help with the ODD?? After about 3 months of my son being on Concerta for ADHD we started to notice jerking movements and "ticks" and they diagnosed him with Touretts Syndrome. But we have our biggest challenges from him with the ODD. Any suggestions? He has 3 younger siblings that it is beginning to affect.

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2009

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My son has been on 54 mg for 2 years. I have been very pleased. It has greatly reduced his appetite which worked in his favor, but I can really tell when it starts to wear off. We also started seeing a child therapist because I wanted him to learn some strategies to hopefully, one day, have him not need meds. It was a blessing because the therapist was able to help with other issues that I wasn't even aware of with stress for him at school. I highly recommend the combination of therapy with the meds.

Mandi - posted on 03/19/2009

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My DD is on it. and she has been for a few years. I like the rest of you don't like to put my kids on meds. BUT it is not just for the mood swings. and the hatefull things they do. The kids cann't stay on task.. I have a friend that is helping her find out her way of staying on track. the meds do help. just leave them on it long enough to find out. I also take her off on the weekend when my hubby is here so she eats like a cow.. lol

Angela - posted on 03/19/2009

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Yes, my 9 year old has been put on Concerta and it seems to work well with the ADHD not so well with the ODD.I  only have him on meds during schoool hours to make it easier on him and the school staff. We have not had a problem with this one others we have had many side effects with. Every child is different.

Melissa - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter was on Adderall.  She ended up losing 10 pounds in 6 months.  Her dr. has now swithced her to Vyvanse 30 mg.  it seems to be working pretty well.  Does anyone have anything to say about Vyvanse?

Brandi - posted on 03/19/2009

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My daughter has been recently put on Concerta and she is on the 27mg dose and it seems to be working very well for her. I am glad that I haven't had trouble finding a medication to put her on. I know it is still early and we might have to but for now it is working and every child is different. I noticed a change right away after only three days of her being on the medication. So you just have to stick with your gut on what you think is best for your child.

Brandi - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

Thanks for everyone's input. So far my son hasn't had too many side effects on Concerta but we haven't seen too much change in him yet. The doc said it takes about 1 wek to 10 days to see any signs. His lack of focus in school was the main reason to put him on medication. We actually held him back a grade because he was getting R's in reading & math.
Sara can you recommned a behavioural therapist you have used? If the teacher doesn't see any signs of improvement over the next month we are going to stop it. He is on the lowest dosage.


 

Brandi - posted on 03/19/2009

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My 6 year old daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD three weeks ago and was put on Concerta. She started out with the 18mg dose and that worked for a the first two weeks. She has now been put on the 27mg dose and is on her second day with this one. I can tell the difference right away when she is on her medicine. She is more focused on tasks and can actually sit still and learn. When she is off her medication, it is back to her old self, the rambunctiousness, the impulsivness and not being able to make friends.

Schana - posted on 03/19/2009

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Oh, yes we tried Concerta and my daughter became this depressed little person, lost her personality and got these nerves jerks (if that is what I can call it). She lost her appetite with in weeks and started pulling her hair out and eye brows, she also lost so much weight she looked like a skelleton. I took her of and they sugested Strattera and it was the best thing for my daughter, she is doing to well on it I can't complain about it at all. But other people are te opposite you just have to go with the flow and find what works for you kids as the medications differ with every child.  I found a homeopath product called Bright Spark and it really works well so far it is still in the early stages but she is already doing so great on it. I will include the web page www.feelgoodhealth.co.za and go and have a look they have a few product and she has been working with ADHD kids for a while, there is no harm in it.  Good luck as it is not easy have a ADHD child I have walk a very had and difficult road with my daughter and a few other problems have also poped up that makes it more difficult. But at least you are not alone and talking about it helps quiet a bit.



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Schana - posted on 03/19/2009

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Oh, yes we tried Concerta and my daughter became this depressed little person, lost her personality and got these nerves jerks (if that is what I can call it). She lost her appetite with in weeks and started pulling her hair out and eye brows, she also lost so much weight she looked like a skelleton. I took her of and they sugested Strattera and it was the best thing for my daughter, she is doing to well on it I can't complain about it at all. But other people are te opposite you just have to go with the flow and find what works for you kids as the medications differ with every child.  I found a homeopath product called Bright Spark and it really works well so far it is still in the early stages but she is already doing so great on it. I will include the web page www.feelgoodhealth.co.za and go and have a look they have a few product and she has been working with ADHD kids for a while, there is no harm in it.  Good luck as it is not easy have a ADHD child I have walk a very had and difficult road with my daughter and a few other problems have also poped up that makes it more difficult. But at least you are not alone and talking about it helps quiet a bit.



Schana



 



 

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