What do you guys think about the medication Vyvanse

Amy - posted on 07/22/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 years old and we have been going through a long battle of things but I am at my wits end have tried everything but meds cause I am so nervous about putting her on medication. She has bad temper tantrums and anxiety. So the Doctor is going to try vyvanse.

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Sjdon - posted on 09/09/2012

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Do not put her on anything. These medications are very potent. Vyvanse is converted to an amphetamine by the liver, which is what gives it that wonderful effect. I have worked in a pharmacy and I am a medical student. I have read up extensively about these drugs. It is absolutely criminal to give such powerful chemicals to a child. The pharmaceutical companies care more about their shares than your child. It is ultimately your responsibility. I don't know what many doctors are thinking when they put children on such drugs. This child's brain is developing and is very sensitive to any drug. Think about how cigarette smoking affects those who start at a very young age compared to those who start in adulthood. It is known that nicotine changes brain chemistry in the young whose brain is developing, same thing with alcohol. Are amphetamines exempt from this? Children are children. We must teach them the right way by patience. How many of us can say that we were the worst children any parent could have. Just stop this madness and talk to your child and see what he/she likes and put him in a program related to it. They can play videogames for hours glued to the TV. Where is the ADD there?

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Eunice - posted on 12/14/2013

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Nutrition is the best because most medications have side effects even though they relieve the symptoms in question! Some side effects may not show straight away but long term you could be doing more harm than good yo your child ! I am a nurse and have been for some years now and am hesitant to give medications unless its absolutely necessary because of what I have seen some people suffer! A friends son was totally transformed because of some very good nutrition which has been helping people including children like your son world wide for more than 25 years now ! If you still need help sent me a message! xx

Stephanie - posted on 12/08/2013

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Hi my name is Stephanie my son takes vyanse for adhd and he also takes clonidine.is for him to go to bed on time and not be up all night.vyanse is taking in the morning with these great pills I can have a peaceful house At school his grades are just wonderful he started having good grades from 5th 6th and 7th grade.I hope that you have good luck like my husband and I did it was the best thing the doctor did is put him on the 2 medications now our house is peaceful .

Indra - posted on 05/16/2013

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Amy,
I used to work in the field of mental health before I had my triplets. If you need any advice find me on FB and inbox me. I will help you! I'm also a mother of a special needs child so you won't find me judgmental. :)

Diana - posted on 05/14/2013

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Awesome! Why don't they say that to you at the Doctor's office! I expressed my concerns to them on that and the side effects meds like Vyvanse and Daytrana especially denoted for my sons so that I had changed my mind about giving them meds and they told me it's just something they have to include as a precaution but that they were very safe and effective! Luckily it hasn't been too long that they used them but the doctors and their staff should really say things how they are and not trick and coax you into believing its ok

Carla - posted on 09/14/2012

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Today I was told that my son (not diagnosed as ADD or ADHD) must go on Concerta or Ritalin because he can not control his anger at times (really not a lot) and because he is exceptionally smart in controlling situations and people. Why would a psychiatrist suggest this???? I am so torn about this, I do not want to knowingly poison my son and turn him into a zombie before the age of 10. Help!?!?!?

Katie - posted on 10/14/2010

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My 5 yr old has been on Vyvanse now almond a month and has been great for him. Before Vyvanse he would get reds everyday(worst behavior on their scale), he would not talk, he wouldn't play with other kids, he even hit a boy with a lunch box (he was getting bullied.). Now with the medicine he is getting green everyday, he is cheerful, loves school, focuses on his work and homework, and is making friends. There are some drawbacks such as low appetite and irritability. But his happiness is wY more important, I try when he gets home to feed him his favs and give him a pedisure. Hope this helps

Sheila - posted on 08/02/2010

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I am an adoptive parent of 4 children, parent of 7 total. Three of my adoptive children have been on medications for various issues, at different ages. The best advice I can give you is to talk to the doctor and teachers and set up a placebo test. We did this with my son in 3rd grade (his adhd behavior started taking a toll on his school work in 1st) For 6 weeks, he was given a different med (concerta, adderall, and a placebo) for 2 weeks and the teacher, myself, and my son filled out a questionair for each week. The pharmacist was the only one who knew what he was on each week until the end. The right fit was the concerta and he continued on it until he moved out on his own and needed a less expensive alternative. I cannot say enough about doing it this way. It was a fast and personal way of deciding what he really needed. I hope this helps!! Make sure you have a doctor that listens to both you and your child! :)
Sheila

Randi - posted on 07/29/2010

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Don't start with Vyvanse!!!! Start on a low dose of adderall first. Work your way up to the lowest dose possible that helps her and then do the vyvanse. I have a 9 year old that is on Vyvanse and it is great but we did the adderall first to get the right dosage and to make sure that was the right medicine. I noticed a difference right away in my son when we started him on the 5 mg of adderall. He is now on 40 mg of vyvanse and doing so well and he is till my son...not all drugged out. I love that he can still be him!!!

Jo-Ann - posted on 07/28/2010

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ADHD is not like diabetes at ALL. Without insulin diabetics will die, without ADHD meds a kid will not die. It is ok to be hesitant about meds. What are the true long term effects? Do the risks outweigh the benefits FOR YOU. It is a very very personal decision. Good Luck.

Allison - posted on 07/27/2010

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If your daughter were a diabetic, would you with hold medication? Think about that. If she needs it, by all means let her take it. My ex was hesitant about pitting our daughter on medication, but he is now glad we did. She takes intuniv which is a godsend. It takes away the odd, oppositional defiance disorder thst goes along with the ADHD, but does not change her personality. It did make her a bit sleepy at first but within a week she for used to it. When she goes to school she takes 18mg of concerta to help. At one time she was on the highest dosage of concerta but she lost weight. The low dose of concerts with the intuniv works great and she eats.

Good luck, and don't give up. It might take some searching to get the right meds.

Tabitha - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son, 7, has been on a trial of different meds. I try to keep him on as little doses as possible. Now he takes Vyvanse and I am monitoring him to see if he's outgrowing it. That is the downside to the ADHD meds, once they get to the max dosage for theier size and age, then next meds may not work as well. But these meds have saved both our family and our sanity!! I wouldn't take him off the meds for anything. I just want him to enjoy his childhood. He is going into 2nd grade and is doing 3rd and 4th grade math and was on the Principal's Honor Roll. During K-5, he may have been in the classroom for about 15% of the whole schhol year. HE was either in the office or already sent home. Some meds work and some don't. Try them and stick to it until you find the right meds for your child.

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Medication is tricky... My son is doing well on Vyvanse so far... he was on Strattera when he was in 4th grade, and was sleeping through his classes... He was on Concerta for years, but had to supplement with Ritalin, and with teenagerhood it only worked for maybe six hours, so we switched to Vyvanse and it works for the twelve hours that it is supposed to... different child, different age may need different medicines.

Alison - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son was put on Straterra at 4. He did really well for awhile but we were constantly trying to find the right combinations and amounts that worked for him. We finally took him off when he was in 3rd grade because it wasn't helping anymore. He is 11 now and does have an issue with his growth because of it so be warned of the side effects. I wouldn't change those years he was on it though...it helped him very much and made the family unit much healthier.

Laura - posted on 07/26/2010

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DD is on Concerta and it has been wonderful! She's happy, we're happy, I stopped getting weekly calls from her principal, she went from not participating in class to getting honor roll all year, no more suspensions, etc. She was already on meds for asthma and eczema, so it was just one more thing to add. I'm all for using meds with the benefits outweigh the risks.

Phyllis - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son (now 7) has been on Concerta since age 5 and it has saved our family. He is excelling in school, and is so much happier. I do not regret the decision at all. There are drawbacks, such as low appetite, but I make sure to fill im up in the morning before meds, pack a light lunch for school, give him a moderate supper and let him fill up in the evening before bed, when the meds wear off. He is growing normally. Even before meds he never slept (kids with ADHD make less natural melatonin in their bodies) and now a combo of prescription clonidine (0.01mg) and over the counter Melatonin helps him sleep 10 hrs a night. (with no morning grogginess) Lately his Concerta is wearing off earlier than it should. Since he is too young to raise the dose, I have 10mg of Ritalin on hand, and if he is really out of control in the late afternoon, I can give him a dose of it. This month though I have given him a half dose on 3 occasions and that did fine for him.

User - posted on 07/23/2010

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I had my son (12) dx at 6, on both Ritalin and then Concentra and I found neither helped him with his school work and both made him unable to sleep and eat. I have since taken him off meds all together, the behavior isn't improving but he is sleeping and eating better.

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