which meds for ADHD work for you?

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 534 moms have responded )

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I have struggled with if I should use meds or not but I have tried everything else and nothing seems to help. So after seeing the dr today they want me to see what meds I like best out of concertra, dexedrine or strattara (I hope I spelled them right..lol) I am so confussed and would love to know what others used or are using and if they work or not. I am new with this and could use all the help I can get, any info would be great.I don't know if it helps or not but my son is 8.
Thanks,Jen

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Linda - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son is almost 14 now. He was diagnosed when he was 7 and put on Stratera. He did well with it but had no appetite and wasn't growing at a normal pace ( for him). His skin also had a pasty gray color, so I took him off after 3 years. He did great for a long time, grew like a weed and had a great appetite. But as puberty hit, so did the ADHD, in full force. Last year his doctor suggested Vyvance. It has been a God-send. My son is so much happier, he really feels the difference when he's on it or off it... he still has a reasonable appetite and is still growing like a weed. I would strongly suggest it for successful treatment of ADHD. Sign me, a Happy Mom

Jennifer - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son is also 8 years old and has ADHD. I have tried strattara (not sure of the spelling either) It worked for awhile but then stopped working. I have tried a couple other meds with him and didnt like the way he acted on them. So now I am just giving him fish oil once a day and that has worked for about 1 year but just talked to the doctor and we are going to try strattara and fish oil mixed to see if that helps him in school.

Every kid is different with what works and what doesn't or how they act on them. I always make sure that when starting a new med I write down everyday how he is acting good or bad to see what the change is and if it is working, and always start at the lowest dose of the med.

Hope this helps alittle.

Zach - posted on 10/04/2013

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We tried all three of those and they didn;t work. On the stimulants he stopped eating, was awake at 11pm talking to us about astrophyics and was anxious all of the time and what was worse they didn't stop the compulsive talking or moveing around in class. Strattera was useless. We finally started him on Intuniv and between that and turing 13 he's been so much better in school I can't believe it. He's still a typical 13 year old complaining about the things he doesn't like and that school is boring, but he does his homeworks, he doesn;t lose things, he writes down his assignments and in general life is a lot better - and he's not even on a full dose of Intuniv yet. Note that I had to switch pediatricians because his first one was a big fan of concerta and when I told him that it wasn;t working he would just say "we'll increase the dosage.." even though my son is too thin already -- the stimulant drugs made every meal a painful ordeal begging him to eat. So if your Dr. is not open to Intuniv, my advice is to find another Dr. -- good luck - I know exactly how hard this is.

Terri - posted on 12/18/2013

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I did the stimulant route which really calmed him down but he stopped eating and he still didn't have much focus. We tried Strattera which was better in some ways but it took a couple of tries to find a dose he could tolerate with out an upset stomach that still gave a benefit.

A few months ago I ran across Nuaxon, they are a company that manufactures an herbal product called Nurofocus. I wanted to try it so I emailed and talked to the company. They said that taking it for 90 days had been shown to bring focus and attention back to normal.

I didn't want to buy 3 months worth cause it's pricey but with the new copays on Obama Care I figured it would be about the same price. Well it only took 2 weeks to see a difference and it never bothered his stomach, his appetite got better. It really worked!

Now that its been almost 3 months and he is doing great.

Shannon - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son was first diaganosed at four, he is now seven, with ADHD and we tried 4 or five different kinds of medicine including, vyvvance, focalin, and concerta. All of them took away his appetite and his personality so I took him off of everything for awhile. Back in September we took him to his regular pediatrician and she prescribed Daytrana which is a patch and not a pill. His teacher said she noticed a marked improvement the first day, and he hasn't lost his appetite or his personality. Within the first couple weeks his focus had made a 100 percent improvement and he was able to sit still in his class and get all his work done everyday!! I would strongly suggest to any parent to ask your doctor about Daytrana, it worked best for us, and there is no pill to swallow!!

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Megan - posted on 07/31/2014

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Jasminka Karic - My son was the same exact way. We had problems with him starting from when he was very young to still dealing with him now, he's almost 8. We couldn't do stimulants because they amped him up and made him nuts. What started to work for him was actually Intuniv, he's also on Straterra, and Hydroxizine now. In addition to ADHD he has ODD, OCD, and apparently some Anxiety disorders so they want to put him on another med but I'm drawing the line there because after letting the dr push me into putting him on Zoloft we had a bad time and my son spiraled badly from the time he took his first pill until she took him off it, which was a month later, and things were bad. I've never seen him like that. He wasn't my little boy, yes he can be an aggressive little rage monster at times but he was depressed and crying all the time and it wasn't pretty. Things were out of control, and this is was a fresh 7 year old we're talking about all this happening to. And things just kept going from bad to worse until we finally got that crap out of his system, and now this same dr wants to put him on a different type of 'anti-depressant' for his 'anxiety' so I'm saying no thank you mam. Until it gets to the point where he absolutely needs another pill I'm not giving him anything, the kid takes enough pills throughout the day. I say if you are leery of medication then don't do it, listen to your gut. I didn't and my child actually ended up in the hospital (as i said things got bad). You don't have to do medications, we did play/behavioral therapy with our son for 3 years before we even got him diagnosed/tested then we started the meds prior to kindergarten incase he needed them because his aggression and behavior wasn't getting better. Pills aren't always the answer for everyone, sometimes they are sometimes they aren't. You as a mom have to do what's best for your kid, who knows maybe therapy will work for your child.

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Priscilla Jean - posted on 05/13/2014

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I'm in the same boat with my 12 yr old, she was just diagnosed Adhd/Odd last year & is not medicated. Been trying GABA but things have seemed to spiral downhill since diagnosis. There seems to be so much more going on that im sure follows adhd. She is so hard to live with & makes fAmily life miserable for everyone

Jasminka - posted on 04/21/2014

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My son is going to be 6 in june and he was diagnosed with adhd 2 years ago. He started kindergarten in September and it is very difficult for him to be good. His school calls me almost every day to pick him up. Recently he got susspended and we had to visit his psychologist again. He put him on Adderall xr and I am afraid to start this medicine because 2 years ago my son was put on Ritalin an it was a horrible experience. I heard from you guys so many different stories but I am still not sure what to do. It seems that medicine is my option if I want my son to fit in and be like everyone else. Also, I decided to change the school so that he can start fresh his first grade because right now soon as I show up at his school kids are running to me to tell me how bad was my son and I hate it.

Jason - posted on 04/21/2014

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Katie - posted on 03/06/2014

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Well, they say, if it isn't broken, don't fix it. So the opposite is true, I guess. If the side effects are more disturbing than the benefits are helpful, it's probably time for a change. Remember to not downplay the importance of common sense and gut instincts. I know I can easily get caught up in my head and forget that. :)

Sandra - posted on 02/28/2014

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My 7 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 4. He was on Focalin and then Imitrex and then most recently our new doctor put him on Adderall with Intuiniv. We had tried Ritalin and it was a nightmare. He did well for a while but his stomach ached everyday for a couple of months. He was also rude and angry and talked back and cried a lot and just seemed overwhelmed with every little thing. He wasn't sleeping and so the doctor took him off the Adderall and started "new". It was like I had a new child. He was less emotional, less angry and calmer. Clearly the stimulant is a problem for him. Intuiniv does the job for us. We take it at 7 am so he is set for school and it wears off before nighttime so he can sleep. He still has defiance and the impulse control for things coming out of his mouth is still a challenge but he is doing really well at school and sleeping soundly all night. I have also learned my son needs his sleep. He crashes at 7:15 and sleeps till 6:30 am. You see problems if he doesn't get enough sleep. We increased to 3 mg in November and we are having problems with him falling asleep in class or at 4 pm ….so we will try reducing the dosage. (A side effect is sleepiness…but it comes and goes.)
Good luck. Do your research and YOU take control with the doctor. Go with your mothers instinct and if you are not comfortable with something speak up.

Katrinamoog - posted on 02/23/2014

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I think that all of the meds out there work differently on each child. Every situation is different. With my son I am learning that although he may have ADHD, anger and mood swings could be a mood disorder that usually develops in children after the diagnosis of ADHD. It's difficult because you don't want to change the med that has helped his grades but you don't want him to be angry and withdrawn. Such dual diagnoses as ODD, dysthymic disorder and bipolar are very common disorders that are found to become apparent after the diagnosis of ADHD. We have only had one visit but it's scary to know this stuff. I just want my son back!

Joanne - posted on 02/22/2014

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My son is 5 and has been on Kapvay 0.1mg one in the morning and one at night, and it has been working great for the last 8 months. He was doing better in preschool and could set through church. Then about 2 weeks ago he started getting aggressive and not sleeping at night again. We went back to the Dr and he put him on Concerta 18mg (methylphenindate). After the 2nd day it is horrible, he is a mess. He cryies, hits himself, c/o headache, stomach, don't want to eat. I'm so confused about what to do. I feel so helpless to help my son and not sure if I'm doing the right thing. I guess I'm asking should I try something else? Or go back to the Kapvay? Any advice on this would be helpful.

Fayeanne - posted on 02/20/2014

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How old is your son? My son is six and has been on meds since he was 3, focalin is what we first used and now the company has decided to stop making it, he was doing great on focalin but now he was put on concerta and I do see a total difference in him, he is bouncing off the walls... help? ??

Donna - posted on 02/01/2014

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My son has been on Strattera for 3 months now and the improvement in his behavior and ability to focus has been remarkable. The problem I'm having is that he's lost a lot of weight. We are going to try to lower his dose and see if that helps. He's 7 and weighs 45 lbs now. He's been on 18mg which is a low dose but we are going to try 10 mg and hope his appetite increases.

CHRIS - posted on 01/28/2014

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To all the moms here, check Youtube:

psychatry, the truth.

You will find interesting things about adhd.

Kim - posted on 01/07/2014

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My son has adhd and is 7 years old he'll be 8 in June. We tried about many medicines since he was 5 1/2 and most had side effects that were to overwhelming than the benefits. We tried Concerta, Vyvanse, Kapvay, Intuviv, Stattera, etc. I asked the doctor for Adderall immediate release 1 pill the first 4 hours and another the 2nd four hours. It's been amazing and no side effects. He had no appetite on Vyvanse which worried me and his anxiety was overwhelming , all the other medicines had similar results but Adderall was our greatest pill. We have been on it since the beginning of school "September" and it's been amazing and my son has thrived in school and has no anxiety and is now very active and confident! Best of luck on your journey as it can be difficult to find the right medicine.

Sarah Elizabeth - posted on 01/04/2014

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My sons specialist suggested trying stratera for his meltdowns but the concerta he is on works wonderfully. And although I know its sounds strange, I'm am very nervous to try anything new because of how it might affect him. I myself, being a child with ADHD. And being put on so many diffrent medications, know how awful that stuff can make you feel.

Did your child have any issues with meltdowns and if so did the stratera help?

Suly - posted on 11/29/2013

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I have an 8 year old son that does the same thing, at his after school program..i know it's not easy, specially when you want to be around him to help him behave better and be nicer to others...sometimes I feel like the teachers have it with him since they know his condition...they blame everything bad that happens on him..brings tears to my eyes because I know he is craving for attention...sometimes I pick him up and he tells me mommy I have no friends,no one wants to play with me...I just want to see him happy

Help I've ADHD - posted on 10/16/2013

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is Focalin new? I never heard of it. Where are you located? It might not be available in my country

Katelyn - posted on 10/07/2013

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My son has been on Focalin for almost one month.....he is doing great in class but his teacher said it wears off around 1 pm.....at first I thought it was really working well, and still seems to be as far as the teacher says, but when I get him home, he just has terrible behavior, he is defiant!!!when he gets in trouble and I send him to the chair, he will give me a look that is full of so much anger....he will throw things, like his shoes or jacket, or whatever he is wearing, he will talk back to me when I say anything...oh its just a nightmare, those are his bad days. now on his good days, he will offer to help me with chores around the house, he will say please and thank you, hes funny, smiles a lot and is very happy. so my concern is this Focalin that he is on, its good for school but wears off too soon. :(

Zach - posted on 10/04/2013

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We stopped everything but the Intuniv and he's been 100% better. try getting rid of the stimulants. I know that a lot of Dr's are addicted to prescribing them but they're not a solution for everyone.

Denise - posted on 09/22/2013

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Hi my name is Denise
My 7yr old son was just recently diagnosed with ADHD a few months ago. We started him on Concerta and it's working for him for school. It starts to wear off around 4-5 pm when he is at daycare. Just recently he had been having behavior issues at daycare, he is getting aggresive with the other children and his little sister who is almost 6. I can handle him at home, he listens to me but I'm worried for him when I'm not around. I don't want to increase the dosage and turn my son into a zombie. I wish I didn't have to work :( I have so much guilt for having to work...

Janice - posted on 09/18/2013

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I used all the pharmaceutical options and my son had all the same issues listed in the other posts here. I heard about an herbal product in India last year, there they called it Nuro Path but it just arrived in the US and is called NuroFocus. For the last year my son has been focused and controled but not lethargic. He sleeps well and hasn't lost weight. The makers of NuroFocus have a patent on the formula and the patent has the research attached to it. I found the patent on google patent search http://www.google.com/patents/US8110229
For about 12 months I've had my real son (age 11) and not the Ritalin boy that I had for far to long.
It took about a week or so to really see a difference but, wow what a difference.

Melissa - posted on 09/07/2013

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Hi Lori,

My son was on Adderall for a month. He was on 15mg. He was doing well but he lost 10 lbs. he only weighed 70lbs and he was sleeping horribly. Instead of 10-12 hours a night he was maybe getting 5-6 hours. He was also stuttering. He had stuttered when he was 3 but it passed so I thought this would too. Unfortunately, it did not and he was starting to have children and even adults say things to him so we stopped it. The rest of the summer he took a med break. He was only taking Adderall for summer school. Two days ago he started on Concerta, 18mg. Thus far, I am not impressed. He was so improved as far as behavior with the adderall, so polite, considerate and just a few issues coming down off the meds. The Concerta has made him more sassy, snotty, unkind, he has this smile on his face whenever he knows he just did something wrong. He still eats like a horse and sleeping is good, but the stuttering is like 10 times worse. I thought the meds were supposed to help the behavior issues not make them worse. He always gets comments about how kind he is so this is definitely a departure for him. I don't know if I should try anymore meds in light of the stuttering???

Katelyn - posted on 09/03/2013

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Today was the first day my son is on Focalin, I have been scared and worried all day hoping everything works out in school. I had them change his meds only due to the fact that he cant sleep at night, but reading some of these post about how it made their child overly angry or emotional really worries me, I feel stressed and high anxiety having my child whom I love so much on meds...especially a new one. It just isn't an easy thing to go through for parent or child:(

Amy - posted on 08/11/2013

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I have a 6 yr old girl that was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 before her kindergarten year . She was giving metadate that worked ok until about 3 pm she was a zombie so we changed to focalin and intuniv .. She became really angry and overly emotional . I decided to take her off meds completely to see what happens . She just started 1st grade and haven't heard anything from teacher . She is very hyper at home and very impulsive , also a lot of meltdowns . I'm just trying to do it the natural way with suplements and better food and a lot of excersise. Anyone else doing it the natural way? It's hard to do but meds only mask the problem and don't actually change the behavior .. I realized that I also need to stop trying to fix her , but rather fix myself so that I can meet her needs more effectively ..

Katelyn - posted on 06/19/2013

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wow, My son has been on Adderall for about four months now, he used to get overly emotional over anything or overly mad if he didn't like something, but I do have to say that this medication has really improved his focus and performance and school....I think he needed time to get used to this medication because now it works pretty well:)

Johanna - posted on 06/12/2013

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10mg of Focalin a friend who is a psych doc said is way too much fto begin with so we are going to talk with prescribing doc about it. He said half if not 2.5 would be better to begin with. No med today and no dry mouth movement or comments.
Just want to make the best choice we can for him. I will read more on intuniv. Med matching, ahhh.

Teresa - posted on 06/12/2013

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Grandson is 6. He has been on three stimulant type meds and developed tics (picking nails and pulling on clothing), weight loss and agression. They finally put him on Intuniv 2 mg three weeks ago. He is a different child. Happy, gaining weight, a pleasure. It was a long two years and we are happy that he is happy.

Johanna - posted on 06/12/2013

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6yr old son started Focalin Monday and was displaying tic movements with his mouth within 3 hrs of taking med. They were more apparent as day went on. Initially it looked like dry mouth movements. He was complaining of a dry mouth. As med wore off and by 7pm no more mouth movements. No more Focalin for him! Next?

Lori - posted on 06/07/2013

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I just posted my details under the intuniv post because of my son having severe tics from I think the concerta he was taking. Has anyone's child developed tics after taking concerta? They decreased once we stopped it and began again with vyvanse. I was reading about tic disorders and often they are common with ADHD. They say they treat the ADHD, because of those behaviors being more significant. I'm having a difficult time watching him have the tics and now noticing them more in himself; having people stare at him and him looking different. He's only 11 and at an age where people can be very cruel. I'm so upset about it all! Help!

Jean - posted on 05/16/2013

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My son is 11 and we just started him on a natural supplement that so far is working really well. http://qfamily.info I noticed improvements (small but still improvements) after just 4 days (being able to sit longer and concentrate) and so far it is helping him sleep better too.

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2013

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My daughter started on concerta 3 years ago and until a month ago was working ok. I saw a big change in her behavior and her grades started going up. She will be 13 next month and we just change to Dexedrine a couple weeks ago. I think her body got immune to the medication and she was at the max mg but also my grandfather passed away Xmas eve and a few days later my daughter walked in on my grandmother having a seizure so the week was hard to deal with. I think besides meds te child attends as group therapy or individual session. With my daughter she doesn't feel "normal" and we talk all the time. Dexedrine seems to be working and she's not a zombie.
When my daughter was diagnosed 4 years ago I was in denial and thought what I did wrong. But seeing the change in her makes me feel better about the decision I made. Hope this helps

Megan - posted on 02/18/2013

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I have a 15 yr old son who has been on concerta, ritalin, adderall (which made him EVIL) and now is on strattera. The concerta and ritalin worked for a little bit but then stopped suddenly. I LOVE the strattera and he does too. The only problem with the strattera is that it takes about 3-4 weeks to work. So for that time, he was taking the concerta and the strattera so he had some help. He is now happy (as much as a typical teen can be) and doing great in school. His social life is also blossoming wonderfully. Good luck!! :)

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If you have not tried herbal remedies, you might consider them. Everyone is different. Every child is different. You have to decide what is right for you. I have my daughter using organic ginko biloba (600mg) and Holy Basil (300mg) per day, along with a whole foods vitamin. I do work with her on being aware of her mental state and working on keeping her "busy brain" distracted enough to pay attention. She doodles, draws, squeezes a stress ball, listens to music, or other distracting things which allow her to focus on what she needs to do. I know this goes against traditional thinking, but my experience, as an adult with ADHD, is that my brain needs some distraction in order to most effectively absorb necessary information.
She does not have wheat or gluten in her diet. She eats whole food meals, which I prepare. There are foods which can exacerbate ADD. She notices when she forgets her ginko and holy basil. She can't focus in school, or pay attention for her homework. They really help her to use her brain to the best of her ability. This is my solution, after years of working with her and other supplements.
I avoid the prescriptions because I don't want to give myself or my daughter anything which I feels changes how her brain functions artificially. That is my personal choice. Take what works for you from it.

Rachel - posted on 02/17/2013

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U have to be careful with the meds they dish out... From a pediatrician ur better off then a psychiatrist ... They make a percentage off every script they write.. N are very quik to diagnose... As for ur pediatrician is more aware of ur family and is trust worthy.. A lot of meds with lOng term use can hurt u from ur liver to ur libido.. Do ur homework guys

Rachel - posted on 02/17/2013

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My son is on metadate ... An let me just say the side affects are far... I have 2 kids with ADHD and have been thru a lot of meds from adderal to focalin to strattera n so on... Metadate is wonderful it's not an anphedamine based drug so the side affects are a whole lot less...i will not put him on Other meds so I also use a natural sleep aid called melatonin .. Which works well... There are a lot of natural remedies that health food stores sell I have used also for my other son..

C - posted on 02/13/2013

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Sorry, crazy phone... he had nose bleeds on vyvanse. Noise that he's out all of it he's worse than he was before he started any of them.

C - posted on 02/13/2013

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He lasted on vyvanse for three days with dizziness and noiseless. We took him of and don't know what to do now. We're afraid to try angry more, it's a horrible roller coaster. Any help?

C - posted on 02/13/2013

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My little boy is 6 yrs old and was diagnosed adhd in Dec2012. Started on ritalin 5mg, half in morning and half in afternoon. He became obsessed with anything that made him angry or sad, it was almost impossible to claim him down so we could handle whatever the problem was. It didn't help much with his focus or energy or impulse actions. It only amplified his emotions. After about the weeks he was changed to adderol and the effects were about their danger. With both when they wore off Jr was horrible, confrontational, angry and emotional.

Bridgette - posted on 11/06/2012

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The medication that worked for us was Focalin and at low doses which was good. However, when his father was not giving it to him when my son was with him, it stopped working. It can be a long road to finding the right medication. I STRONGLY suggest getting the help of a behavioral therapist also- the help for your child can make all the difference in the world!! Too many people get the right medication and stop there. I know I allowed certain behaviors because I became tired of fighting with my son. I also didn't want him to not feel loved because I was always on him. Once the medication had him focusing, the behavioral therapist helped us "back track" and learn to have boundaries again. Good luck

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2012

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My son started on Daytrana, as it supposedly has the least amount of side effects and is delivered via patch. Two problems with this one: It falls off easily or they take it off if it bothers them, which leads to the second problem in that it caused an itchy rash for my son and he would constantly take it off.



He is no on Focalin XR 20 mg in the morning and Ritalin 20 mg in the afternoon along with Risperdal 0.5 mg in the morning and in the afternoon, and Intuniv was just added at night (I think 1 mg).



I was one of those moms that said she would never put her kids on meds until I met my son!

Hana - posted on 11/04/2012

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My son is on Intunive and Vyvanse together and he is 7 and it works wonders. My 13 yr has been on Adderall for a few years now and that works just fine for him. We have had to increase and decrease the dosage to figure what worked for him but it has been the same for a long time now.

Lana - posted on 10/26/2012

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My son also used Daytrana for about three years after he saw a commercial about it on TV and recommended that we switch. His reasoning was that he could take off the patch immediately after school, and the medicine would leave his system earlier than an extended-release drug such as Adderal XR or Vyvanse. The other thing we liked about it was that we could put the patch on him about half an hour to 45 minutes before his wake-up time, so that he woke up with meds in his system. This helped enormously with morning get-ready time.



We stopped the Daytrana only because we decided, this summer before he began 7th grade, to switch him to a non-stimulant medication, as we felt the stimulant caused his attitude to be more edgy at certain times of day. If we decided to resume a stimulant, we'd go back to Daytrana.



It is important to point out, however, that Daytrana isn't always covered fully in insurance plans, as it's viewed as a newer and less mainstream stimulant.



Another potential drawback is the fact that the patch can come off if it's immersed in water very long. This means showering at night, generally, and we found that it sometimes came off in the summer when we were swimming (however, when my son is having strenuous exercise, he often doesn't need as much medication).

Misty - posted on 10/24/2012

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I have a 9 year old son, an 8 year old daughter and a % year old daughter. my son is ADHD and my oldest daughter is ADD. they are both on Vyvance 30 mg fir him and 20 for her. i am very happy with the change i have seem. He has been on the meds for 4 years and her 3. I can tell (alone with the school and daycare) just by the looks in their eyes if they have had their meds or not. My son has always has trouble sleeping and i was worried that the 12 hour time release meds would make it worse but they didn't and i am so glad!!! lol My 5 year old has yet to show any signs that she will need any meds any time soon. i hope this helps you out on finding something that helps. Good luck

Romina - posted on 10/20/2012

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Intuniv and vyvans has been working well for my son. he has been takin them eversince 8. Goodluck

Amanda - posted on 10/20/2012

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Its kind of a trial and error.. I document which each meds does my daughter has been on several before she started Kapvay. It helps with ADHD.

Emily - posted on 10/18/2012

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My son has finally settled on 10mg of Adderall twice a day. He tried the XR on 3 different occasions. It was awful. He did great during the day until around noon and then he would crash and be over the top emotional. Before the last time he was on the XR I aws giving him 10mg in the morning, 5mg at lunch, and then 5mg around 4. He was doing great! Always in a good mood and always focused. I was under the impression that as his mother I could mess around with it a little to see what works best for him. I DO NOT mean change the dose either. I just meant give it to him a little earlier or later. Apparently this is a HUGE no no. I honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong. I didn't want to increase his dose but he wasn't doing very well at the end of the day. He wasn't focused at all and was a little emotional.



His doctor was upset that I split is last dose and said that he is actually suppose to stop giving it to him. He also said that children can not take 3 doses a day. I could be wrong but I thought I had seen people saying that their child gets 3 small doses a day. Idk.



As of right now he is on 10mg in the am and 10mg in the afternoon. I would rather him have it in his system for all the homework he has to do. He doesn't have trouble sleeping and he actually gained a pound in the last 3 months.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/16/2012

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I think it is a case by case decision. My husband and both children have ADHD and they are all three on different medications. You just have to try what the doctor suggests and see how the child reacts to the medication. You may have to change a few times to get it right. My son (11) is on Concerta now but started with Focalin. Eventually the Focalin didn't help his symptoms and we had to change. When he first started the Concerta he wouldn't each much so the doctor gave him something to help his appetite. Now he eats fine without the medicine to help his appetite. My daughter (15) is on Adderall and doing fine. She was on Concerta for a long time but it started causing anxiety. My husband is on Strattera, which is for adults. I would not recommend Strattera for a child. All of these medications cause loss of appetite. Some work better for one child than another. My kids not see a psychiatrist, specifically for their ADHD medications and my son has had some behavioral therapy. That was helpful too. Hope this was helpful.

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