Need information for the right med for my 7yr old ADHA/ADD daughter.

Rena - posted on 09/29/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello my daughter Alena is 7yrs old and we have changed her medication about 4x's so far and upping doses on different medications and still having problems with aggression and mood swings. At school she acts like shes had nothing on some days and at home you cant get her to do anything without fighting and yelling.
Please help me with some information and medications that have helped your child. Alena weighs 54 lbs.

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Zafrien - posted on 10/07/2010

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My 12 year old son has been on ADHD meds since he was 7years old and have been on over 5 different meds. The two that worked very well for him was Focalin and Vyvanse. They are new to the market and most insurance company does not cover much of the cost but it is worth it for me. They are both non-ritalin base and can be given to your child during the week when he/she needs it. I give my son a break on weekends from his meds (vyvanse). Talk to your pedi for more information on it. Good luck!

Shasta - posted on 10/06/2010

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First off changing meds and dossage is veary normalEach child is diff and reacts to the meds differently. Iknow you are scared. So empower your self. You are her mother if you are not comfortable after educateing your self about each medication the doctor has perscribed. Tell them that. After all who is going to know your child better than you. Doctors forget they are treeting a child and not a hypithetical situation. I prefer the nonstimulents myself. To calm her down6m try an over the counter melitonen threw out the day like every four hours/or two it vearys on children, some are more hyper than others. You can6m also give this to them to help them sleep at night. Now i dont know if you know this but a childs dossage is almost 2x as much because of the matabolism. Sokeep that in6m mine.

Erin - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son is 11 and has been on 10mlg of Ritalin since age 6 and cut back 2 years ago to 5mlg a day; this has worked wonders and he is still pretty small in his weight but tall, he eats like a horse but it goes no where. One medication is all your child needs to function + my son is on an IPP in school and in a class of 10 kids and is doing great, since grade 3, before that in a regular class had lots of problems!

Catherine - posted on 10/06/2010

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I keep seeing alot about concerta for medication. My son is 9 now almost 10 and he was diagnosed at about 7. He has definite ADHD with emphasis on the H. We tried straterra because it was a non stimulant and it worked for a while then didnt. We then tried Adderall and it scared me because the first day he took it he told me his mind kept racing and it wouldnt slow down. We stopped the Adderall and he has been on Metadate CD 20mgs for over a year and it works great, its time released, but it is only 12 hours so we have to supplement with short attacking Ritalin when the Metadate wears off. He is SUPER smart and reads lots of books. Caffeine and sugar dont make a difference.

Kim - posted on 10/06/2010

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I have a son who is 7 yrs old and weighs 50 pounds. He's on Concerta 27 mg and we've had wonderful results. The only negative thing that we've ran across is the fact that he doesn't grow...up or out. He's the same weight and height as he was this time last year.

Barbara - posted on 10/06/2010

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I did a lot of research before putting my son on meds. I actually found an alternative from a food science company. I listened to a lot of stories from other parents with the same issues and their results were amazing. Unfortunately, there is no nutrition in our foods, it is all additives, preservatives, pesticides and toxins. Our bodies were designed to run on perfect nutrition, not drugs and chemicals. Our bodies are breaking down.
Please let me know if you would like more information. My email is livethedash@comcast.
Barb

Allison - posted on 10/06/2010

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We tried concerta for my daughter. She wad up to the max amount. Her weight was down and the dosage quit working. Then i found out about intuniv. It is not a stimulant. She takes 3 mg now. It gets rid of the odd. The oppositional defiance but it leaves her personality intact. There are almost no mornings where I have to yell. It has been a godsend.

Kim - posted on 10/06/2010

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sounds like my daughter. she is now 9.5 and has been on 4-5 medicine as well with different dosages since the 2nd grade. we added intuniv several months ago and it has helped tremendolsy with her agression and mood. plus i give her fish oil when she comes in after school which is high in EPA that helps with mood. we started her off on 1 mg of intuniv and now is up to 4 mg. she takes it with 20 mg of focalin xr every morning. try talking to your doctor about intuniv.

Sara - posted on 10/06/2010

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MY DAUGHTER STARTED OUT AT THE AGE OF 5 WITH 18 MG OF CONCERTA AND WENT ALL THE WAY TO 46 MG AND THEN I SWITCHED HER TO ADDERALL 20 MG. SHE IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH SCHOOL AND HAS ANGER ISSUE'S AT HOME, BUT NO ANGER ISSUE'S IN SCHOOL..

April - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son was put on many different meds as well, I find that the one that worked is the one he is on right now and he's 9 years old. He is on Adderall. Also risperidol, now together they work magic, he takes the adderall in the morning and a small 5mg dose at lunch. He takes the respiridol at bed time to help him relax for bed and calm down. Hope that helps a bit.

Aidan - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son was on concerta for years, but I found that the longer he was on it the higher the dose needed to be each year to keep the original results. Finally we decided to give stratterra a try. It is the only nonstimulant medication I found that really worked and I didn't worry about being harmful to him. He is almost 18 now and no longer takes medication.. This I feel is strongly due to his concentration on art and the fact that he rides his bike to school each day (11 miles one way).

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2010

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We have also been using Concerta since my 9 year old was 6. He started at 18mg, and is now taking 36mg at 80 pounds. So far, we have been pleased and have not needed to try anything different. Good luck!

Phyllis - posted on 09/29/2010

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I have a 7yr old on Concerta. He started at 18mg when he was 4 and we are at 36mg and holding. He is 45lbs. Great results.

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