Is there any meds my son can take for ADHD that won't cause tics. He's been on Focalin and Vyvanse and has had terrible rapid eye blinking?

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 96 moms have responded )

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Jayden was diagnosed with ADHD in January and we are on our third med. I'm beginning to think we're never gonna get it right.

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Tonya - posted on 08/01/2011

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OMG. You are going to hear all types of situations with all the medications for ADD or ADHD or ADD/ADHD. There are 6 stages of this disease and the 6th stage is the worst cause it walks hand in hand with Bi-polar and sometimes can be misdiagnosed as one or the other. I have 7 children and my oldest is 23 and has both. He won't keep a job and is mouthy plus he cares for nobody not even himself. He has 2 kids a son and a daughter. We just found out his son has ADD and starts school this fall. We will hopefully find out if he has the other half later. My son who is 21 is normal. My son who will be 19 is ADD/ADHD and is very hyper but ok. My son who is 16 is ADD/ADHD but is very shy. My daughter who will be 12 in the fall is ADD/ADHD she is very hyper. My daughter who is going to be 9 next month is normal maybe a little hyper but not too bad. My son who will be 2 next month shows no signs as of yet. I have done the Ritalin with my oldest it gave the Dr.Jeckyl Mr. Hyde effect so I pulled him off it. We went to all different kinds of medications with him nothing really worked for any length of time. He is not on any type of medication and at times has mean outbursts (and if he wanted to he probably could harm me but I let him know I am not affraid of him and would take him out if he tried plus he has his 21 year old brother who would yank him if he tried my kids are very protective of me in a sense) My 18 year old has done the Concerta and it did fine. My 16 year old son is on Concerta 54mg at breakfast and takes sleeping medication to help him sleep at night. My daughter who will be 12 this fall was taking Adderall and we were constantly changing her dosage ( eating was a problem constantly) then we went to the Focalin not good it was like giving her candy even tried the Adderall ER (extended release) it made her mean stopped that medication real fast. Tried her on the Ritalin against my better judgement and nothing. She is now taking 36 mg of Concerta at breakfast and so far is doing good. Yes it as well as any medication for this disease is a trial and error. Not to mention it will cause a child not to want to eat or can cause them to eat all the time. With Concerta it is a time release pill so it must be given of the early morning time so it has time to wear off. I was told it takes a good 12-18 hours to wear off. If you have a good pediatrician then they will talk with you about what to try and not try and so forth. If they do not then find one who will. I really like my kids doctor he treats them like they were his and that is what I like. (I just hope things do not change am tired of searching for a good doctor). You will be told they will out grow this. That is false they never out grow they only learn to live with it. I know I am ADD with a slight case of ADHD ( I did not find this out until several years ago and I am also Bi-polar. My case is not that severe but there are some cases inwhich they are mean and in some cases they could kill you and not think twice or bat an eye. Keep a journal on what medication you have tried and what the results were/are so you can report back to the doctor. Also research your medication lists for the side affects and also talk to your pharmacist they will help you too. Find a support group. Talk to your school see what they do for children with this disease. For example what is the punishment for late assignments or acting out in class. They need a continued schedule do not change it all at once it will cause them to freak out. Coax them into new things slowly. Give short lists of to do things as their attention span is very short. Let them know there are consequences for their actions and stick to them. Praise them constantly for everything they do complete never show them anger for things they can not help it will only cause them to sink. As them what they would do allow them to think their thoughts are important too and you need their input. You never know you may have a genius in your midst. Always show them love they will constantly show it back some more than others. They need it. Be patient with them. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture here. I hope this helps. If I can be of more help let me know I will do my best. Good luck

Allison - posted on 04/26/2012

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Clonidine is a high blood pressure med used for ADHD & is supposed o help with tics.

Bellece - posted on 03/11/2009

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Quoting Brandy:



my son started with concerta when he was 12,we had to play with the doses,but this is the only meds he been on and now at 16 he's much better.i was told to put him on  ridalin(dont think thats spelled right but you get it)i declined my cousin was on that and he is noe bi polor i dont know if they go hand and hand but my aunt has had nothen but hell with him now at 22 he still lives at home.hope this helps.






Concerta and Ritalin are chemically the same medication (methylphenidate).  Its just that Concerta is a slow release pill (last several more hours) and Ritalin is quick release.  It could be that maybe your cousin was always bi-polar and misdiagnosed as ADHD. 

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Please please please try the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free) diet. It really does work if you are strict about it. The medications have so many side affects that make it worse for our kids. The diet helps repair their sensitive guts and they become more manageable and happy.

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Tiffany - posted on 03/13/2014

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Thank you for this post I am seriously struggling with the same issue. Mydaughter developed the same tic. We started meds a few months ago and did Adderall rx to start started at the bottom and got to 15mg and her grades raised dramatically...then a week into this dosage she started the severe eye blinking. They put me on concerta 18 4 days ago and her school performance immediately fell off. I am panicing and know she needs higher dose but dr doesn'twast to give it. So aftr doing my research I know 27 or 36 is normal and I am gonna fight for it and see if the tics persist. I did learn thru my research that clonidine with the concerta is suppose to control the tics, but when I called the dr she said I would have to see a sych for that?????

Robert - posted on 03/13/2013

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My son did not have a tic before giving him strattera. We have changed medication and he still has a tic with his neck. I need advice I know I am guy but that doesnt change my feelings about him and my concern. How can we get it to go away?

Joni - posted on 12/30/2012

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My child cannot take stimulant medication due to it making him extremely violent so the docs put him on Tenex. Tenex is not an adhd medication but it is being used for it more and more due to kids not responding to stimulant medications.

Arelis - posted on 12/27/2012

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I hate giving my kids drugs. Theyre only 5 yrs old by the way theyre twins and they both have it i wish they were a natural herbal that i can give them and thats it all these meds and theyre side effects really scars me! ;-(

Sylvia - posted on 04/19/2012

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Hang in there you will get it right. It takes time some times it feels like for ever. I didnt even want my son on meds then when the doc put him on meds it was like changed so many times. We are now using Focalin XR it's been over a year and we just up the dose he is also on resperidone. I still hate him being on meds but when you find the right one and see a positive change you will be happy.

Debbie - posted on 04/18/2012

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I would love to know too please. My son is 10 yrs old and has vocal n face ticks one in awhile and I tried Strattera but its not great. and my hubby doent want to put him on Concerta because of the side effects. Thank you in advance

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2011

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We have tried different meds but I am struggling with what to do next. My son is 9 , has PDD-nos, and I think ADHD. The psychiatrist has tried him on Concerta which was really helpful but he didnt eat and grow very much. Focalin did not help him. The pediatrician tried Intuniv with Celexa but it seemed to make him more aggressive. I am sorry I am not much help, but do know there are other people going thru trying different meds too. Its very frustrating. Now his psychiatrist is no longer at the practice and we have to start all over again. Good Luck and hang in there!

Angela - posted on 08/08/2011

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Focalin is the "pure" (not generic) form of Ritalin and is usually used when someone has an allergy to the fillers that are in generic drugs. Funny---the FDA allows for the active ingredients of generics to be different than the actual recommended dose. Depending how old your son is, you may want to try the Daytrana patch. My daughter won't swallow pills, so this worked for her. Initially she was on Vyvanse because the pill can be mixed with liquid, but it was too much for her. Another great resource for figuring out the correct dosage is Dr. Charles Parker's site www.corepsych.com. He's a medical doctor-has a great blog, videos, etc. I like his stuff.

Stephanie - posted on 08/04/2011

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My "step" son (not married yet, but i am the only mom he's ever known) has Fetal Alcohol Syndrom, with ADHD, no impulse control, and on n on. Since it's not really ADHD, but attention problems steming from his FASD, adderall, or ritialin, any stimulants wouldn't have worked as it does for other kids. We were given some strattera to test out. It was a little bit of a rough start, his body adjusting to medication. Sluggishness, his sleep and appetite fluxuated. but after a couple weeks, i was AMAZED!!!!! I didn't have sit next to him and badger him to do his homework. I was actually able to set him up on his homework, and fold a load of laundry, or get some dishes done!!! I am telling you it was a miracle!! The teachers said they had maybe 30 sec of his attention at a time!!!! I have only good things to say about strattera. The school counselor actually had me talk to another family about the positive results we had.
We took him off the medication when school was over. Don't dose if you don't need to.
I'm going to be homeschooling him this school year, and i see him still needing it for school.
IT WAS A MINI MIRACLE!!

Cheri - posted on 07/29/2011

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First of all, I'd like to thank those of you for posting responsible and helpful advice. I'm feeling reassured that I'm making the right decision in starting medication for my son.
That being said.....
I can't even put into words how upsetting it is to read the judgemental and loathsome opinions posted by those who feel this is the proper place to soap box. We are all just trying our best to help our children the best way we can. No one here (pardon me for speaking for everyone) takes placing our children on any medication lightly. I know I've lost many nights of sleep worrying if I am making the right decision for my son. I have researched endlessly and tried many different methods and diets trying to help him without the use of medication. My son's self esteem is at stake. It's not about the "A's" in school. His happiness is the most important thing to me. When your child is lying in bed crying that he feels "dumb" and that he wants to learn and pay attention but his brain won't let him, you're left feeling helpless inside. My heart hurt like it's never hurt before. So PLEASE...if all you want to do is criticize... just don't post and if you decide you must post - give it a quick read over because quite frankly you're the one that ends up sounding as though you haven't done any research.

Brande - posted on 07/27/2011

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it just depends on the med and the kid... every medicine is different for each kid. my son, 8, has been on focalin, vyvanse, ritalin, concerta, and more and has never had tics. My doctor told me you should be able to tell that they are medicated. so we kept trying every different med and dosage until we found the one that work for him.

Jerri - posted on 07/27/2011

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Jennifer, we have had good results with Adderall and Intuniv with my sons. Also from the standpoint of a medical professional, the tics normally go away after the medicine has been stopped for awhile. It's very frustrating to get the right one but hang in there.

Jerri

Jerri - posted on 07/27/2011

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Jennifer, we have had good results with Adderall and Intuniv with my sons. Also from the standpoint of a medical professional, the tics normally go away after the medicine has been stopped for awhile. It's very frustrating to get the right one but hang in there.

Jerri

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2011

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My daughter has been on ADDERAL / ADDERAL XR for 2 yrs now and I haven't had any side affects yet ...

Becky - posted on 07/22/2011

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My nephew in always ha tics on meds. My son only has had the tics twice. Have you tried a med that's not an stimulant? My son started on the lowest dose of Concerta when he was 7 or 8 and it worked out well.

Claudia - posted on 07/18/2011

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hi jennifer, my son has it to we tried lots of meds with awful results over 9years iv taken him off all meds and just put him on 4mg of melatonin at night with amazing results he has seven other disorders also iv posted about this on circle of moms, very best of luck.

Karolena - posted on 04/07/2009

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My son was diagnosed in January as well after many years of us pushing doctors to get an answer.  The doctor who diagnosed him is trying to control it with behavioural therapy and diet.  For the diet we cut out as many proccessed foods as possible and anything with a red dye in it.  So far so good, and there has been a huge difference in him.  I went this route speciffically because of the side affects of many of the medications and just recently they have discovered that alot of these meds can cause mental instability later in life as well as ticks, twitches, turetts type movements.

Karolena - posted on 04/07/2009

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My son was diagnosed in January as well after many years of us pushing doctors to get an answer.  The doctor who diagnosed him is trying to control it with behavioural therapy and diet.  For the diet we cut out as many proccessed foods as possible and anything with a red dye in it.  So far so good, and there has been a huge difference in him.  I went this route speciffically because of the side affects of many of the medications and just recently they have discovered that alot of these meds can cause mental instability later in life as well as ticks, twitches, turetts type movements.

Michele - posted on 04/07/2009

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Hi Jennifer, I have 2 kids with ADHD and my son tried strattera and that gave him hallucinations and then adderall neither did very well for him so now that he is 13 he is not on anything and although he struggles no medication is worth him losing his personality..now my daughter is on adderall and she is doing great.

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Hello. My ex-husband received a call on the 2nd day of school this year. The teacher told him "there's a problem with your son". I had him evaluated and he was diagnosed with ADHD this past September. He started on Stratera but after a month with very little results I had him changed to Concerta. He began on the 18mg then he was increased after a few months to 27mg. He has been doing very well for the past several months. Like others said, everyone is different and it's trial and error for a while. He has even brought his grades up to all passing.

Patti - posted on 04/06/2009

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My 16 year old was diagnosed when he was 5. We pretty much tried every med out there. After  much psych help and many yrs at special schools I am proud to say he is a Sophomore at the local school and is doing great. He did have major problems with tics also both vocal and motor. He has been on straterra for about 3 yrs now . It is a non-stimilant med so it doesnt add to his tics. He does still get them every now and again when he gets nervous but nothing like he had before. I also think maturity had something to do with it along with the counseling. Just be persistant with your docs and make sure you push for what you want.

Margaret - posted on 03/24/2009

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Regarding your response to my reply, this is getting ridiculous.  You should be banned from this group for harassing people about how they choose to obtain medical care for their children.  Who went and made you GOD?  WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE OTHERS METHODS OF CARING FOR THEIR CHILDREN?  We are doing the best we can by our children.



As far as my daughter goes, she stopped taking the meds because we didn't have insurance and couldn't afford to pay the prescription costs.  It didn't have anything to do with her reaction/side effects of the drug.  She remained focused on her school work when at school and when home, she was non-medicated....I would love to see what you would do with her now that she is almost 14 and not taking anything at all!  I have seen the difference between non-medicated school performance and medicated school performance.  Her grades were awesome when she was on medication and she was focused.  Now, her grades are so-so and she isn't quite as focused as she should be.



So what you are saying about teachers is that you would rather them have a classroom full of out-of-control kids, not paying attention, not turning in their work/homework, not working to their full potential because they aren't focused on their work; instead of students who are conscientious (sp) of their environment, focused on their work, earning good grades and behaving like they should behave in class/school?  You can think what you want about healthcare professionals, everyone is entitled to their opinion.  Teachers are not policemen, they are there to aid our children in learning the basic skills needed out in the real world, not babysit them while they goof off.



Contrary to your belief, I OBVIOUSLY do know what I am talking about because I have done research on the disability and the drugs.  Different drugs work differently for different people.  I suppose next you are going to crucify me for taking prescription medications for my ailments/disabilities?  Go and preach your judgements on someone who cares.  I know what works for myself and my children and I will continue to do the best I can by them until they become adults.



I love my children and wouldn't trade them for anything in this world and I will always do what I and my husband think is best for them.  I discuss everything with my husband, both medical and non-medical related to myself or our children.  Two of them are old enough to have some say in decisions, but not complete control....they are not yet adults and have not the experience to make some of those decisions.  My husband has been a nurse for 15 years and has seen everything possible.  After all, he is a Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran, so he has seen things you will never see in your lifetime.  I rely on his expertise when we are at doctor's appointments as well as at home.  I also research numerous things on the Internet and at the local library to stay as well informed as I possibly can.



Please don't bother to reply.  I think your ideals are ridiculous and I think you are just bored and looking to make people miserable.  The saying goes, "Misery loves company."  I worked with someone like you once....she made my life miserable because our boss like the fact that I actually sat at my desk and got my work done instead of making personal phone calls, surfing the Internet, playing Solitaire, and chatting with my co-workers.  She and another co-worker were always working overtime because they never actually worked.  Whereas I actually got my work done every day and was able to go home and not work on Saturdays.  She didn't like this so much that she purposefully made errors in my work and then forced our boss to have me come in on a Saturday.  Guess what?  I fixed my errors, showed my boss the erasure marks made by her, got paid for 4 hours of overtime that wasn't necessary and went home.  Boy was she mad after that!!  So mad that she stormed into our boss' office and demanded that I be let go or she would go.....well, to make a long story short....the miserable bitch got her way and I was released from my probationary period (not fired).  Then guess what?  She changed departments four months after I was released!  You attitude comes across as very similar to this lady's.  What a shame that you are so miserable in your own life that you have to try to ruin others' lives.  Goddess bless you.



 



"YOUR DAUGHTER PROBABLY DOESNT WANT TO TAKE THE DRUGS ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHATS BEST FOR HER!!!



 



 



 



MY SONS TEACHER AND SO CALLED DR SAID HE HAD ADHD AND I PUT HIM ON MEDS FOR ONLY A WEEK BECAUSE HE TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE AND HE IS FINE NOW AND HE IS 18 IT IS MY OPPINION THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN BRAIBWASHED INTO TELLING PARENTS THAT THERE CHILD MAY HAVE ADHD BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO DO THERE JOBS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ZOMBIES THEY ARE MUCH EASIER TO TEACH. AND NURSES ARE ALSO BRAINWASHED TO THINK THAT MEDS ARE THE ANSWER AND THEY ARE NOT ALL THEY DO IS MASK THE REAL PROBLEM AND YES I WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD!!!



 



 



 



I AM NOT JUDGING I AM STATING SIMPLE FACT YOU ABVIOUSLY DONT KNOW ANYTHING OR YOU WOULD BE SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT....



 



 



 



WATCH GENERATION RX AND THEN TELL ME THAT THE FDA ISNT CORRUPT!!!"

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2009

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Ok shannon first of all when i was a kid I had adhd and I was on Ritalin hmmmm if you can see my picture i am not all messed up I grew out of it and I am fine my son is not on it threw the summer or on the weekends he needs it to get threw school so you have no clue what your even talking about you and you must not have a child with adhd cause if you did you would know what its like for them everyday at school to hate school and not want to go beacuse they cant learn since my son is on his meds he loves going to school loves it so dont tell me im doing wrong for my child cause when he graduates and goes on to collage I will know i did a great job.. so you take care of your kids and let us take great care of our kids

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2009

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My son is 8 and he is on the patch its called Daytrana we love it cause once you take it off in about 2 hours its out of his system we have tried aderal and one other and we love the patch so far we have had no problems and he has been on it for about a year and a half now. hope this helps you.. my only problem is he wont eat at school one the patch wears off he wants to eat everything in site .

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD several years ago. We have tried so many different medications..Adderall, Focalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, Ritalin, Metadate, Methylin...they would start him on a low dose then increase til he developed a "tick". He's 8 now and with all that I've been dealing with it came up that my son may be Bipolar (it runs in my family) I was told that it's similar to ADHD but harder to detect when the kids are young. I already hate the idea of meds but apparently since my son is being rediagnosed as Bipolar the "stimulant" meds (Focalin, Adderall, etc) don't help!

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Although my son has never had any of those side effects, the best meds we have found for him are the Daytrana patch!! It can be put on whenever they wake up and taken off at the same time every day. No peaks and valleys as with many of the oral medications and his appetite is fantastic!!

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Margaret:



Quoting Shannon:




Quoting Susan:

This decision WE made for OUR son was FOR him NOT TO him.You know there`s something called self worth, and yes even children are subject to the same things we adults go thru concerning that issue. I-we decided to do for our son with ADHD the same thing we would have done should he have had any other problem, and yes mam IT IS A PROBLEM, for him and us as well.The END RESULT is what matters.Actually if he had heart problems, lung, kidney,or any any other issue we would not hesitate even 1 minute to medicate him to enable him to get well, or to be able to function to the best of his ability. So much is at stake, whether it`s physiacl or mental. The well-being of MY CHILD is of up-most importance.So far it`s a CHOICE as how to help my son, I pray it stays that way. I`m glad it`s US his parents who love him the most, that are making decisions for him. As for the previous post, you must do for your child what you feel is right. Good luck with how you handle things in your family .Susan


YOUR DAUGHTER PROBABLY DOESNT WANT TO TAKE THE DRUGS ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHATS BEST FOR HER!!!



 



MY SONS TEACHER AND SO CALLED DR SAID HE HAD ADHD AND I PUT HIM ON MEDS FOR ONLY A WEEK BECAUSE HE TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE AND HE IS FINE NOW AND HE IS 18 IT IS MY OPPINION THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN BRAIBWASHED INTO TELLING PARENTS THAT THERE CHILD MAY HAVE ADHD BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO DO THERE JOBS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ZOMBIES THEY ARE MUCH EASIER TO TEACH. AND NURSES ARE ALSO BRAINWASHED TO THINK THAT MEDS ARE THE ANSWER AND THEY ARE NOT ALL THEY DO IS MASK THE REAL PROBLEM AND YES I WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD!!!



 



I AM NOT JUDGING I AM STATING SIMPLE FACT YOU ABVIOUSLY DONT KNOW ANYTHING OR YOU WOULD BE SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT....



 



WATCH GENERATION RX AND THEN TELL ME THAT THE FDA ISNT CORRUPT!!!




The well being of your child should be the most important thing to you  like you said. Do you think putting your kid on drugs is a good thing. The side effects alone are a good reason not to put him on them. It is obviouse to me that you have NOT done any reserch on adhd or what ever meds you have put him on. Because if you have like I have you would not dare put your loved ones on that crap and you like me would be on here telling people to get off this just that will distroy your kids.....ADHD is a made up DX I have seen so called DR.'s say it....watch the movie Generation RX and see for yourself...Also PBS did a special called The medicated Child  check it out and see what your children will look like when they get older. Good luck 






 






First of all, who are you, Shannon, to criticize parents who do decide to put their children on medications?  Are you a medical professional?  I have done a huge amount of research on ADD/ADHD and the diagnoses are real.  Who are you to judge what other parents do for their children, medicated or not?






 






My daughter took both Ritalin LA and Adderoll XR, and she is fine.  She also took Strattera and had no ill effects.  She no longer takes the medication by her own choice and she seems fine.  She does have ADD/ADHD, I see it every day when she comes home from school, when she wakes up in the morning, and before she goes to bed at night.  I also see it on the weekends when she is home all day.  It has been my experience that the medications she took when she needed them worked the way that they were supposed to, and yes, it did take up to six weeks for the Strattera and the Adderoll to have the desired affect.






 






My husband is a nurse who has worked in numerous areas of the hospital.  He has worked in the PICU, the NICU, the ICU, as well as retirement homes/nursing homes/extended care facilities.  He has been a nurse for almost 15 years.  He has seen side effects of medications and the lack there of.






 






Shame on you for judging people that you don't even know based upon what medications they choose to give or not give their children.  I wish you luck in raising your children as well.  Those of us that have children with ADD/ADHD deal with it the best way that we can - by research, doctor's advice, family advice, and most importantly (if applicable) our children's feelings on taking the medication.  Just because we choose to put our children on medication does not mean we love them any less than you love your own children.  In my personal opinion, we are doing everything possible to help our children live normal, functional lives.  Please don't judge a book by its cover....it's silly.









 





 

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Margaret:



Quoting Shannon:




Quoting Susan:

This decision WE made for OUR son was FOR him NOT TO him.You know there`s something called self worth, and yes even children are subject to the same things we adults go thru concerning that issue. I-we decided to do for our son with ADHD the same thing we would have done should he have had any other problem, and yes mam IT IS A PROBLEM, for him and us as well.The END RESULT is what matters.Actually if he had heart problems, lung, kidney,or any any other issue we would not hesitate even 1 minute to medicate him to enable him to get well, or to be able to function to the best of his ability. So much is at stake, whether it`s physiacl or mental. The well-being of MY CHILD is of up-most importance.So far it`s a CHOICE as how to help my son, I pray it stays that way. I`m glad it`s US his parents who love him the most, that are making decisions for him. As for the previous post, you must do for your child what you feel is right. Good luck with how you handle things in your family .Susan


YOUR DAUGHTER PROBABLY DOESNT WANT TO TAKE THE DRUGS ANYMORE BECAUSE SHE KNOWS WHATS BEST FOR HER!!!



 



MY SONS TEACHER AND SO CALLED DR SAID HE HAD ADHD AND I PUT HIM ON MEDS FOR ONLY A WEEK BECAUSE HE TURNED INTO A ZOMBIE AND HE IS FINE NOW AND HE IS 18 IT IS MY OPPINION THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN BRAIBWASHED INTO TELLING PARENTS THAT THERE CHILD MAY HAVE ADHD BECAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO DO THERE JOBS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ARE ZOMBIES THEY ARE MUCH EASIER TO TEACH. AND NURSES ARE ALSO BRAINWASHED TO THINK THAT MEDS ARE THE ANSWER AND THEY ARE NOT ALL THEY DO IS MASK THE REAL PROBLEM AND YES I WORK IN THE HEALTH CARE FIELD!!!



 



I AM NOT JUDGING I AM STATING SIMPLE FACT YOU ABVIOUSLY DONT KNOW ANYTHING OR YOU WOULD BE SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT....



 



WATCH GENERATION RX AND THEN TELL ME THAT THE FDA ISNT CORRUPT!!!




The well being of your child should be the most important thing to you  like you said. Do you think putting your kid on drugs is a good thing. The side effects alone are a good reason not to put him on them. It is obviouse to me that you have NOT done any reserch on adhd or what ever meds you have put him on. Because if you have like I have you would not dare put your loved ones on that crap and you like me would be on here telling people to get off this just that will distroy your kids.....ADHD is a made up DX I have seen so called DR.'s say it....watch the movie Generation RX and see for yourself...Also PBS did a special called The medicated Child  check it out and see what your children will look like when they get older. Good luck 






 






First of all, who are you, Shannon, to criticize parents who do decide to put their children on medications?  Are you a medical professional?  I have done a huge amount of research on ADD/ADHD and the diagnoses are real.  Who are you to judge what other parents do for their children, medicated or not?






 






My daughter took both Ritalin LA and Adderoll XR, and she is fine.  She also took Strattera and had no ill effects.  She no longer takes the medication by her own choice and she seems fine.  She does have ADD/ADHD, I see it every day when she comes home from school, when she wakes up in the morning, and before she goes to bed at night.  I also see it on the weekends when she is home all day.  It has been my experience that the medications she took when she needed them worked the way that they were supposed to, and yes, it did take up to six weeks for the Strattera and the Adderoll to have the desired affect.






 






My husband is a nurse who has worked in numerous areas of the hospital.  He has worked in the PICU, the NICU, the ICU, as well as retirement homes/nursing homes/extended care facilities.  He has been a nurse for almost 15 years.  He has seen side effects of medications and the lack there of.






 






Shame on you for judging people that you don't even know based upon what medications they choose to give or not give their children.  I wish you luck in raising your children as well.  Those of us that have children with ADD/ADHD deal with it the best way that we can - by research, doctor's advice, family advice, and most importantly (if applicable) our children's feelings on taking the medication.  Just because we choose to put our children on medication does not mean we love them any less than you love your own children.  In my personal opinion, we are doing everything possible to help our children live normal, functional lives.  Please don't judge a book by its cover....it's silly.









 





 

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Quoting Susan:

This decision WE made for OUR son was FOR him NOT TO him.You know there`s something called self worth, and yes even children are subject to the same things we adults go thru concerning that issue. I-we decided to do for our son with ADHD the same thing we would have done should he have had any other problem, and yes mam IT IS A PROBLEM, for him and us as well.The END RESULT is what matters.Actually if he had heart problems, lung, kidney,or any any other issue we would not hesitate even 1 minute to medicate him to enable him to get well, or to be able to function to the best of his ability. So much is at stake, whether it`s physiacl or mental. The well-being of MY CHILD is of up-most importance.So far it`s a CHOICE as how to help my son, I pray it stays that way. I`m glad it`s US his parents who love him the most, that are making decisions for him. As for the previous post, you must do for your child what you feel is right. Good luck with how you handle things in your family .Susan






The well being of your child should be the most important thing to you  like you said. Do you think putting your kid on drugs is a good thing. The side effects alone are a good reason not to put him on them. It is obviouse to me that you have NOT done any reserch on adhd or what ever meds you have put him on. Because if you have like I have you would not dare put your loved ones on that crap and you like me would be on here telling people to get off this just that will distroy your kids.....ADHD is a made up DX I have seen so called DR.'s say it....watch the movie Generation RX and see for yourself...Also PBS did a special called The medicated Child  check it out and see what your children will look like when they get older. Good luck 



 



First of all, who are you, Shannon, to criticize parents who do decide to put their children on medications?  Are you a medical professional?  I have done a huge amount of research on ADD/ADHD and the diagnoses are real.  Who are you to judge what other parents do for their children, medicated or not?



 



My daughter took both Ritalin LA and Adderoll XR, and she is fine.  She also took Strattera and had no ill effects.  She no longer takes the medication by her own choice and she seems fine.  She does have ADD/ADHD, I see it every day when she comes home from school, when she wakes up in the morning, and before she goes to bed at night.  I also see it on the weekends when she is home all day.  It has been my experience that the medications she took when she needed them worked the way that they were supposed to, and yes, it did take up to six weeks for the Strattera and the Adderoll to have the desired affect.



 



My husband is a nurse who has worked in numerous areas of the hospital.  He has worked in the PICU, the NICU, the ICU, as well as retirement homes/nursing homes/extended care facilities.  He has been a nurse for almost 15 years.  He has seen side effects of medications and the lack there of.



 



Shame on you for judging people that you don't even know based upon what medications they choose to give or not give their children.  I wish you luck in raising your children as well.  Those of us that have children with ADD/ADHD deal with it the best way that we can - by research, doctor's advice, family advice, and most importantly (if applicable) our children's feelings on taking the medication.  Just because we choose to put our children on medication does not mean we love them any less than you love your own children.  In my personal opinion, we are doing everything possible to help our children live normal, functional lives.  Please don't judge a book by its cover....it's silly.





 

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Quoting Susan:

This decision WE made for OUR son was FOR him NOT TO him.You know there`s something called self worth, and yes even children are subject to the same things we adults go thru concerning that issue. I-we decided to do for our son with ADHD the same thing we would have done should he have had any other problem, and yes mam IT IS A PROBLEM, for him and us as well.The END RESULT is what matters.Actually if he had heart problems, lung, kidney,or any any other issue we would not hesitate even 1 minute to medicate him to enable him to get well, or to be able to function to the best of his ability. So much is at stake, whether it`s physiacl or mental. The well-being of MY CHILD is of up-most importance.So far it`s a CHOICE as how to help my son, I pray it stays that way. I`m glad it`s US his parents who love him the most, that are making decisions for him. As for the previous post, you must do for your child what you feel is right. Good luck with how you handle things in your family .Susan



The well being of your child should be the most important thing to you  like you said. Do you think putting your kid on drugs is a good thing. The side effects alone are a good reason not to put him on them. It is obviouse to me that you have NOT done any reserch on adhd or what ever meds you have put him on. Because if you have like I have you would not dare put your loved ones on that crap and you like me would be on here telling people to get off this just that will distroy your kids.....ADHD is a made up DX I have seen so called DR.'s say it....watch the movie Generation RX and see for yourself...Also PBS did a special called The medicated Child  check it out and see what your children will look like when they get older. Good luck 

Kristine - posted on 03/22/2009

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My daughter had the one eye with rapid blinking when she was on adderall so we switched to concerta and we haven't had any problems with tics of any kind.

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This decision WE made for OUR son was FOR him NOT TO him.You know there`s something called self worth, and yes even children are subject to the same things we adults go thru concerning that issue. I-we decided to do for our son with ADHD the same thing we would have done should he have had any other problem, and yes mam IT IS A PROBLEM, for him and us as well.The END RESULT is what matters.Actually if he had heart problems, lung, kidney,or any any other issue we would not hesitate even 1 minute to medicate him to enable him to get well, or to be able to function to the best of his ability. So much is at stake, whether it`s physiacl or mental. The well-being of MY CHILD is of up-most importance.So far it`s a CHOICE as how to help my son, I pray it stays that way. I`m glad it`s US his parents who love him the most, that are making decisions for him. As for the previous post, you must do for your child what you feel is right. Good luck with how you handle things in your family .Susan

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Why are you people putting your poor poor children on these horrable medications? I just dont understand it you are supposed to protect your children not throw them under the bus. Have you read the side effects???

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My son is also on Vyvance (30mg) and at first he had an irritating eye tic. I even took him to see an optomotrist just to make sure there was nothing wrong with his eyes. Eventually it just went away. He is still on Vyvance and does great on it now. I think it just took some getting used to.

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My son has ADHD and was diagnosed when he was 10.  He was put on Concerta.  He is now 12 and we have had to increase his dosage.  HE started on 18mg and now we are on 27mg.  He has not had any side effects.  He eats like a horse and is growing like crazy!!  He had a "tics" of licking his lips and opening his mouth really wide.  When he is taking the medication he doesn't have the tics.  I have to tell you I did not realize these were tics until I read this blog.  I usually take him off of it over the weekend and start back on Monday.  Something that I have noticed is that when he misses it for a couple of days, he gets extremely tired and sleeps more.  We are going to the doctor next week  because I believe the medication is wearing off by the time he gets home and he is not able to stay focused to do homework.  I hope this helps, I know it has me.






LaDonna,



 



I would love to know what your dr. says about the medication wearing off by the time he gets home from school. I'm having the same problem with my son.

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My daughter Hiliary is 14 now she has been diagnosed since she was 5, she has been on many meds over and over,but Iknowmy doctor told us it takes at least a month for the meds to really kick into their bodies to give full effect and if he is getting tics and blinking its a side effects from the meds he is on...sometimes u have to go thru many meds before finding the right on,it took us almost a yr to find the right one and she s now on Strattera, and u figure too as they grow u have to up their meds to match their body weight too, so if a doc wants to change meds cuz they seem they aint working maybe check into that first...its hard on kids to switch meds all the time, u would not believe all the stuff she never learned withe switching of meds all the time, hope I helped some..

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My son is on Strattera and Abilify. Though Abilify is advertised as being for bipolar, they have used it for years for ADHD as well. The Strattera helps with the exciteable behavior and the abilify reduces the anger and defiance disorder issues. He was on Concerta for sometime but had many breakthroughs on the med and many headaches. We've had no adverse results with Abilify or Strattera.

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My son is 10 and has bine on many differant meds over the last 4 years. There is a pretty new pill called Adderall that he is on now and it is pretty good.

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Hi My Son is now 14 he take Equasym XL 30 MG and 20 MG slow release Tablets and 1 10 MG eva in the Morning with his other 2 Tablets or when he comes in from School, You will have to keep on trying different tablets untill you get the right ones or other than that ask if your Son can go on a higher strength just to see if that helps, You will soon know if it is working lol. How old is Jayden by the way? I am not sure if they are as young as 7 ,8 ,9 ? if they can give them a bigger dose and I suppose depending on the size of the Child. The only thing is the waiting for the next Visit with Peadiatrition (dont no if spelt right) b4 changing tablets. I no our Children are Hard work but once u get the right Dose you will realy Notice the difference in behaviour. Good Luck :)

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My youngest daughter started out taking Ritalin LA and it worked wonders for her schooling.  When she came of the correct age, she was switched to Adderoll and it was very helpful also.  I didn't really notice any side effects, she would just be nice and calm when she came home from school until dinner, which was when the meds were supposed to wear off.  Then we would give her a glass of diet soda, because the caffeine acts as a depressant in ADHD children.  That would last until bedtime and then she would sleep soundly until morning when the whole routine would begin again.  I sincerely hope you find something that works for your son.

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Quoting Heather:



I have a 5 yr old on Focalan, Abilify and trazadone they are still trying to find the right medication for him to be on without so many ticks or side effects. they have also tried him on Resperidone, Seriquile, zoloft, and many others, all with major side effects. One one his medications caused him to get worse and we had to bring him to the hospital for harming his sister. Our doctor says theres no magic pill only lots of love patients and time.  we continue too try our best with everything going on in our home  our son has had a rough few years but in the long run i am hoping they will finally find a medication suited to his needs.






 being  ADHD with pica bibpolar with a learning disablity and others it has to be frustrating for him also.






Hi Heather,



I know what your going thru they put my son on abilify and he reacted to one dose at the lowest dosage. They will not medicate him because of the bi-polar factor, they have to rule it out.  Right now he is diagnosed with adhd/odd with rule out bi-polar. They said that some of the meds for adhd can bring out a full blown bi-polar episode. It is very difficult to deal with he is going for a MRI and the peds neurologist soon. Mys question is what is pica-bi-polar??  we use a natural thing called melatonin to help him fall asleep.  I read on these post that some other people use melatonin instead of the meds. so I have been trying it for school.  It comes in different doses and it is natural. at the lower doses it just makes him mellower maybe a little tired but he doesn't fall asleep. Maybe this can help you, I know its tough out there, mine has been on a "mode" for the last week, really not hearing me being very impulsive.  anyway good luck , Michelle

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The last time my son's tics got really really bad while taking Concerta and after being off of it for about seven months they had finally almost diminished. Now he is taking Vyvanse and has been for about two months and his tics are coming back a little more everyday. He has been on Adderall, Strattera, Concerta and now Vyvanse and experienced side effects from everyone. The Clonodine did seem to ward off the tics a little bit, but once his body got used to it the tics came back. Good luck to you! I will be happy to take any suggestions if you find something out,

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Quoting Susan:



I have 3 ADHD kids and with 2 Concerta was the first and so far only med. But one of my children had tried Concerta, Stratera and is now on Vyvanse and Abilify.I also felt that it was never gonna end, like we would always be changing med's. His new med's  are helpful but he still has issues...but he is doing well in school, better than ever really. I did consider a diet change and all, I read Jenny Macarthy's book and was all gun ho, except  I have 3 other children and an organic diet for a family of 8 on one income...not fesable. Plus one of my boys with ADHD is 4 and loves cheese and dairy...I couldn't bear to take that from him, not when he doesn't understand why. If you google alternitive plans for ADHD there are recipies and ideas to help with ADHD w/o drugs.






Don't give up and love your children through it. A lot more one on one and possitive attitudes seem to really hit home with  my son on the two med's.





For naturally helpful things.... Omega 3, extra vitamin C and cut out the red and yellow dys in thier food. It has helped my son. Hope this helps!

Nikki - posted on 03/14/2009

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We went thru 3+ meds...and ended up ack on one we tried at the beginning. I prefer the mom-stimulants, as the stimulants make it very hard for my son to sleep and almost agitate his condition. I like Straterra the best...Mind you none of them work instantly. After a year or more on the Straterra, I've found it to be the best for him. No mid-night wakings, no extra hyperactivity.

Genie - posted on 03/13/2009

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My son has been on Concerta for about 4 years now. It has been the best medicine so far. He only takes it once a day. It lasts for about 12 hours. He does not take the medicine on the weekends, only when he is at school. It does curve his appetite some, but there has been no other side effects. He has been on 3 other types of medicine and this one works for him.

Susan - posted on 03/13/2009

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I have 3 ADHD kids and with 2 Concerta was the first and so far only med. But one of my children had tried Concerta, Stratera and is now on Vyvanse and Abilify.I also felt that it was never gonna end, like we would always be changing med's. His new med's  are helpful but he still has issues...but he is doing well in school, better than ever really. I did consider a diet change and all, I read Jenny Macarthy's book and was all gun ho, except  I have 3 other children and an organic diet for a family of 8 on one income...not fesable. Plus one of my boys with ADHD is 4 and loves cheese and dairy...I couldn't bear to take that from him, not when he doesn't understand why. If you google alternitive plans for ADHD there are recipies and ideas to help with ADHD w/o drugs.



Don't give up and love your children through it. A lot more one on one and possitive attitudes seem to really hit home with  my son on the two med's.

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