which meds for ADHD work for you?

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 528 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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Kia - posted on 01/12/2011

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Hello, My son was 8 when he started taking Focalin. I love it and he hasn't put on or lost weight. He has no problems with being active while on it. and he has brought his grades up from c's and d's to a's and b's. I have also heard alot of good things about concerta. So In journey, I feel that it(meds) does help my son. Tons of people are against it and often say...don't use it...But they are alot of time uneducated on it.

Heather - posted on 01/12/2011

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Intuniv! It's fairly new and my daughter was switched to it from Vyvanse. We love it! It is a sustained release medication that is not a stimulant. It also builds up in the system so there are no "wear off"symptoms. She's stable 24/7 and it's done wonders. It causes sleepiness about 10-12 hours after taking it that can last for 10-12 hours, so you have to time it right so that they can get through the day, but we've worked out a great schedule and it's been a sanity saver in my house.

Barbara - posted on 01/12/2011

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My son just turned eight--we tried concerta and it made him very angry. The simulant that worked best for us was vyvanse. Because of homework and sports, our doctor suggested trying strattera, because it must build in your system, we started piggy backing it with the vyvance in spring and by school he was off of the stimulant and only on strattera and intuniv for impulsivity. neither are stimulants, so there is not up and down and his focus and personality stays constant. The intuniv did make him sleepy, so he takes strattera with breakfast and intuniv around 4:30 pm I agree with the others, medicating our children is not just about school, but there whole way of life, sports, relationships with friends and family. I would not take him off on weekends. He has not had any growth issues, he is not the hungriest child, I just make sure what he eats has alot of protein. Please explain the fish oil, I thought I had read everything.

Joy - posted on 01/12/2011

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If, and only IF you've found your home life and school to be impossible as he is, you should try meds. Once you've made that decision, keep trying until you find the right one--changing as often as required. If Concerta makes him angry and confrontational, quit it and go to another. The biggest difference between the ones you listed is that Straterra (which my daughter takes) is not a stimulant--this makes a big difference when it comes to eating and sleeping.
Again, try them all if you have to and do go in lightly! The improvement you see at 5mg could be 4 times as amazing if you accept the dose your doctor suggests based on your child's weight. Grab this condition by the horns and stay strong. Also, if you don't already have one, get a psychologist on board to help you and your pediatrician get the whole process working at once. You need some parenting help here as much as he may need some medication.

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@ Mary: obviously you must talk to a doctor about problems with the picking etc. I am not a doctor. OK ... my son has pretty severe ADHD along with brain damage due to a prenatal stroke, epilepsy (well controlled) and cerebral palsy. None of the amphetamine options worked for him (though they work great for a lot of kids) but Risperidone helps alot. You might ask your doctor about this. Every kid is different.. good luck!!

Pamela - posted on 01/06/2011

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My daughter is 13 and was diagnosed with ADHD when she was 4. We tried a lot of medicines-Ridlin, Stratera, etc. She had issues with depression when she was on both of these. She is now on Vyvanse. She does really well on it. What is nice about it is that it lasts 12 hours, versus 8. She does have decreased appetite, but otherwise, she likes being on it. Every child is different, and you just have to see which one works best for your child. My friend's son is 9 years old and he does really well on Concerta.

Kristina - posted on 01/06/2011

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My son who will be 8 on the 30 is now on concerta and it seems to be working better then Adderall

Lulu - posted on 01/06/2011

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My son who is now 13 started on Daytrana (a patch) in 5th grade, switched to straterra at the end of 6th grade, but is now back on the Daytrana patch (20 mg. now). He likes the daytrana patch because we don't fight over him swallowing the pill. He was opening the capsule of straterra and putting it in pudding, but it tasted really bad. He's afraid of choking on the pill, so swallowing it is a constant fight. He's much happier now.

Shellie - posted on 01/05/2011

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My son, now 10, was diagnosed at age 6. I also struggled with the idea of medicating him, but in the end decided to try something. We started with Strattera (mainly because I was nervous about the others. It didn't do a thing. We decided at that point to try some others. Concerta was first, and worked well (almost immediately), although he started doing this funny thing with his tongue. His doctor was afraid he had developed a tic so she discontinued it. We next tried Adderal (very bad with mood swings), stopped it 2 days later! There was one other after that, I just can't remember the name of it! Anyway, we decided to try the Concerta again, hoping the tongue thing was just a silly phase. He has had no other issues with tics since then. He has been on Concerta for 4 years now and though we are at the highest dosage (72mg), it has been great. All I need to do is have him skip a dose to really remind myself what a wonder drug this has been for him. The thing is, though, each child is different. Your son may very well do better on something else. It's best to try each one and let your son "decide." I have never doubted that I made the right decision with medication. Don't get me wrong, it's no cure, but it is manageable to some extent! Hope this helps!
Shellie

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2011

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hello jennifer, my name is michelle and i have a 13 year old son with adhd and i have tried all those meds and the best one i found was ritalin. alot of people are against it but it was the only one that settled my son enough to concentrate at school and settle down.hope that helps you a bit. michelle

Rowena - posted on 01/04/2011

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my son just turned 7 and was diagnosed a year ago but befor that his behaviour could be controlled by cutting out all diary until that stopped working. He is now on ritalin which he takes twice a day as the slow release meds didnt work. since taking them hes attention in school has improved dramatically although they also have programs for him at school aswell .. If anyone tries to tell you its lack of dicipline or the food they eat just ignore them. keep up the good work :)

Louise - posted on 01/04/2011

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I have had my son on Concerta 54mg but it wears off by the about 3:30 pm. I then top up with 10 mg ritalin but that only gives us 3 hours and he is rebounding terrible. We do give him the Clonidine but only an hour before bed as it makes him sleepy. We are still struggling on how to deal with the wearing off too soon in the day and his behaviour being unbearable. It cannot be managed by routine and discipline it is truly unbearable and he becomes hostile and aggressive. The only thing that did work was giving him another 54 mg of concerta and them the clonidine at bedtime. Then the doc thought it was too much concerta and took him off and we are still in a bad cycle of figuring out what to do next. We tried abilify in the afternoon but he reacted adversely and I stopped. I am too in the same boat of trial and error. It is such an individual thing and what works for one doesn't for another. I just want to make sure that for my son the second 54 mg of Concerta is not an option as it truly did have good results...good luck to all.... we need eachother to realize we are not alone and are kids are not just bad or undisciplined....God I hate hearing that....

Jennie - posted on 01/03/2011

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My son is 8 and has adhd. he has tried daytrana patch too but it also irritated his skin.He picks at his fingers too. He's on ritalin LA and one time he picked at his cuticle so bad it got infected and he had to take antibiotics. Every time I see him picking at his fingers I remind him how bad his finger hurt before. He really tries hard not to pick at them because he remembers how bad his finger hurt.

Mary - posted on 01/03/2011

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Our son is 10 and has ADHD as a result of having brain surgery (a right hemispherectomy) to stop life-threatening seizures. I will definitely take ADHD over seizures any day, but the side effects he has experienced from the ADHD meds have been really bad. I've listed a few. If you have a med that works better, please let me know:
1) Ritalin -- his appetite was very poor, he started picking his cuticles and nose
2) Intuniv -- seemed great for about a week and then he stopped sleeping from midnight to 4 a.m.
3) Concerta -- picking cuticles bad
4) Vyvanse - picking, no appetite
5) Datrana patch -- worked great, but it irritated his skin too badly that he picked off the patch at school.
He's currently on both Intuniv and Concerta. The combo seemed to work well at first, but I think there is a "honey moon" period for all these meds.

Please reply if your child has a picking problem and you found something that helps him or her focus and stop picking.
Thanks!
Mary Lou

Sandra - posted on 12/31/2010

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straterra worked best for my son. He also has a mood disorder so after many many months his vision began to look funny. But he usually only lasts on an ADD medication for 3 months before we have to change it.

Christine - posted on 12/25/2010

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Adderal XR love it only once a day and he makes it through school and homework

Elizabeth - posted on 12/16/2010

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HI JEN THE BEST I CAN TELL YOU IS VYVANCE IT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING THAT COULD OF HAPPEN FOR MY SON. MY SON IS 7 AND HAS BEEN ON VYVANCE 2 YEAR HE IS SUCH A GOOD KID NOW ONLY THING I HAVE NOTICED IS IF HE MISSES ONE DOSE I KNOW CAUSE HE IS WILD BUT OTHER THAN THAT ITS A BLESSING HOPE THIS HELPS

Kristin - posted on 12/12/2010

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my son is 8 he was diagnosed 2 years ago and he is on methlyn 20mg in the morning and methlyn10 mg at lunch then he takes clondine 1mg tablets (2) at bed time. he was retained in the 2nd grade because of his learning ability being a very low level. he is half way through his 2nd time in 2nd grade and is doing so much better..

Eunice - posted on 12/03/2010

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Jennifer,
I am a mom from Houston TX. I know someone who may be able to help you. Her name is Dr. Eda her number is 281-440-1584 or you can also reach her at her cell 281-704-0118. Just let her know about your kids. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and she treats many types of health issues, she just might be able to help you ... keep me posted 281-814-0581 Eunice Houston TX

Darlene - posted on 11/28/2010

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Hi...I am looking into the Daytrana, for my son we have done everything and this seems it would be good. How old is your son and have you seen any side effects? Thanks Darlene

Theresa - posted on 11/26/2010

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my 11 year old has been on 7 different meds since the age of 6 and just this year they put him on vyvanse 40 mg and i haven't had any major problems. my son was also diagnosed with odd obsessive defiant disorder just last year so so far so good he has been on concerta dexedrine and strattara. my 13 yr old does good on the dexedrine

Kris - posted on 11/24/2010

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I think we have tried all the ADHD medications, starting with Ritalin to concerta, to adderrall, focalin then after while the child develops his systems doesnt adjust to the meds. i also believe its the individual chicl, every child is different and reacts differntly to the medications, . My son have tried all the above mentioned meds , and for a brief moment seemto be adjusting , till I get calls from school ona regular basis,that I was going insane anytime the phone rang. Then i spoke to his dr andhe aslo thought he had a hint of depression, so we put him on an additional medication and he has called it the "Happy Pill" which seems to be doing a wonderful job for him. he struggles at times but once I re direct him it takes a while to get back on task and hes ok. So he sis now on Vyvanse 70mg a day, and doesnt take any meds in the daytime, . Sometimes the children have peaks and valleys whenoncertain meds, meaning, if they have to take meds inteh AM, then again by say 2 noon, the meds from themorning has worn off before or by 12 noon and then sometimes get agitated or out of sorts.Then by 12 noon you or school nurse are administering the lunchtime dose and it takes 30 mins or so to get settled in the system and then you see the child re focusing, that is also hard on the child because he/she doesnt know how to express what they are feeling similiar to melt down. If you can get an all day medication for the child (extended release or sustained release) for up to 12 hrs that may help, but again its all trial and error with these meds we give our children. we seek the perfect cocktail combination. Lord knows I have had my share of frustration and still do at times but the medication makes a big difference. Leave enough time to give meds so it starts to work before you get them ready for school. Best of luck

Kris - posted on 11/24/2010

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I like that one, so tru, but i also believe she may have meant if she has seen any positive changes with either medication, who knows,

Jessaman - posted on 11/24/2010

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my 4 yr old son takes focalin xr 15 mg at 7a.m and focalin xr 10mg at 1 p.m. and it does really well for him.

Jane - posted on 11/22/2010

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If the Doctor has to ask YOU what med you think will work, it is time for a new Doctor

Kay - posted on 11/22/2010

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My daughter is on 3mg of Intuniv and it works great with her..... She was Dx with ADHD Hyperactivity/ Impulstivity. She has turned around completly. They cause stomach pains at first due to the acid build up but she is on Zantac and that has seemed to help alot.

April May - posted on 11/18/2010

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Both my kids and myself take concerta. It really helps even a low dose. im not big on the meds thing but i have to take it myself. My kids have taken it since they were 5 and 6.they are now 13 and 14.

Tammie - posted on 11/11/2010

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my daughter is 11 was diag with adhd,odd recently she was put on intuniv, less side effects, and my daughter is doing well on it

Gina - posted on 11/11/2010

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My son is also small for his age. One of our biggest concerns is that the medication will stunt his growth. He's only 49 lbs and has been difficult with eating since he was born! We tried fish oil but he refused to take it! It does taste nasty (I tried it. lol). We are very new at this, he's only been on concerta for 4 days. lol

April - posted on 11/07/2010

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my son is 8 also hes on intuitv 1mg and concertta 36 mg they seem to work well over the summer we tried vyance(spelling not right) he slept the whole day and he was on the lowest dose so we went back to concerrta Im greatful that we didnt have to to bounce from meds to meds and he was good with it. I know of other children that its a trail and error effect

Laurie - posted on 11/04/2010

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I went through the same thing with my son. I knew something wasnt quite right and took him to numerous psychologist etc. Finally when our family was at its wits end we took him to one of the famous AMEN CLINICS and actually had a brain scan done. He has RING OF FIRE ADHD. We discovered it would be more of an injustice not to help him train his inflexible brain. His school work suddenly came together and yet he was a bit too aggressive. It was then determined to give him a secondary medication to allow some flexibility that the stimulant was actually making worse. Just know that you may have to change them around a few times. As the childs metabolism changes and with their age. Stay with it and dont lose hope. I am now tryign to change my sons meds due to his body changes and i am scared all over again!

Tina - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son who is now 26 was a ritalin child. It was the only drug available and unfortunately it was at a time that the school board said if I did not medicate, he would be suspended from school. The ritalin worked well....as far as I was concerned at the time. He was medicated from grade 3 to grade 8. Once he went to high school the doctor gave him the choice. He said no. However, my son got involved in football, rugby, basketball, baseball.....that saved him. He finished school and is now a manager of a restaurant. However!!!! my son tells me that he hated the ritalin. He said he was like a zombie....at times he was completely zoned out and could not concentrate. Now I feel bad because I forced him to take it for so many years.

Trudi - posted on 11/03/2010

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I have three kids who have been on various meds.... one was on concerta for 5 years... switched to Vyvanse when the concerta stopped working. My youngest has tried ritaloin, concerta, strattera, adderall and now vyvanse. My middle is on Biphentin. It depends really on the child and their challenges. Because each child is so different, it is trial and error until you find the right one. Keep a log or diary of some sort to help you keep track of the behaviour changes so you know if it is working



There are a few sites you could try looking at also:

www.caddac.ca

www.addadhdblog.com



hopefully these sites can provide you with some insight

Tami - posted on 11/01/2010

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My son has been on Adderahl (sp) since he was 7. He is now 12. It has worked wonderfully for the most part, but like with all medications they stop doing their full job eventually. When he was 10 that's when it happened. Refusing to up the dose any more than it already was we turned to a Naturopath. We started a gluten free and organic diet along with a fish oil supplement from Nordic Naturals. The change we saw in a month was astounding. We haven't had to change a thing with the meds and for the most part everything has been perfect! I can't enough about going gluten free and starting a fish oil regimen. It is a complete life change and can be expensive but to us it was well worth it to not have to medicate our son more. Hope this helps. I don't know anything about any of the meds you list as we have always used Adderahl (sp)
Take care

Valerie - posted on 10/22/2010

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My seven year old son (on meds for two years now) started on Adderal XR (loss of appetite and sluggish) then Vyvance (no sleep for three days and wired) now on Focalin XR 5mg. We tried to bump him up to 10 mg but that resulted with sluggish and tummy aches so we backed down to 5mg.
School he does all right, other learning disabilities take over, but by 2:30 he's ready to go again. Also a bed-wetter, we just moved and am looking for a new specialist with a new angle to look at things.
A never-ending journey that's for sure. My husband was on Ritalin as a boy so our views are a bit different-he sees the more strict/no flexibility side of things while my mother was a Special Education teacher so I experienced 'that' side of learning disabilities and that every child is amazing. *sigh*
Suggestions?

Christine - posted on 10/14/2010

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concerta worked for my son the best with the lest side affects. but his body got used to it fast and i am at the point of finding something else my self but for know he is on nothing i dont like having him on a pill. i have noticed he is calmer when he gets his coffee with proten mixed in to a shake in the morning and less sugar i also give him a sleep aid that is all natural its called melintonin or something like that my mom got it from walmart after researching it and asking lots of doctors about it.

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2010

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my son has tried all of them most can have side affects like impolse control this is what we have trouble with onn these meds , We now uses vyvanse this is one med. the use after trying all the others. The best thing i can tell you is now the side effects to each meds, have your doc. on speed dial and start trying one at a time to find the right fit. this doesnt sound good but it is the way it works.

Susan - posted on 10/13/2010

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For those Mothers out there that are having a time with your child falling a sleep at night, my son also has to take Melatonin to help him fall asleep which was also recommended by his Dr. He would stay up all night and didn't want to get up the next morning and would be so tired, so she suggested we get some Melatonin to help him fall asleep, non habit forming and you can get it at Walmart, and its natural, and IT WORKS!! Hope that helps those who are having a hard time falling asleep at night it really helps my son to fall asleep and sleep all night!! I also have some that I use sometimes, it really does help you to fall asleep!! Susan

Susan - posted on 10/13/2010

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Hi Jen, I have an 8 year old son as well with ADHD, he is on Vyvanse its new and it is great for him. He has been moved up to 50mg as of right now, but it helps so much! I was not happy to have him on meds but it has made the biggest difference in his school work, that he made the Principals List last year, for all As & Bs, so that to me was pretty awesome!!! This med as been a life saver in his school work and his attention span, before he wasn't doing well at all in school because he could not focuse on his work, he wanted to play & run aroun, couldn't be still, up all the time, interuppting the class, so something had to be done and his Doc put him on Vyvanse, she was very good at checking on him and having him in every 2 months to check his progress and wanting to see his report cards and notes from his teachers. But Vyvanse has been a great med for him! Thanks for listening, Susan

Nicole - posted on 10/11/2010

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well one of my son classmate mom said that there are two good meds she suggested and its concertra and strattara she said one work good at night and work work good doing the day so look into them and my a good choice for your child because i know i will.

Laurie - posted on 10/10/2010

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 4 years old! His father and I did not see eye to eye on the medications. I tried everything with my child before I placed him on medication. My son had a very hard time in school and I hated seeing him struggle. The Dr. and I talked and he was placed on concerta.It works great for my child but what works for one may not work for another but I have only heard good things about concerta. Like all meds there are side effects for him it was loss of appeitite and unable to sleep. I have now come up with ways to get him in bed at night and to keep his weight gain up. When I get up in the morning he is starving so I make him a big healthy breakfast and then give him his meds in the morning. At night he starts to get hungry right before bed so I would make him pb&j sandwich. My son is in the 5th grade now and we have adjusted his meds this past month....he now take 2 36mg of concerta and it has worked great for him.

Jackie - posted on 10/08/2010

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the meds that my son is on where helping at first also now the school calls me every day telling me he has lots of trouble in school on a daily basic and he cant foruc on his school work and even at home he seems not to stay still hes always running around touching or diging looking for something..one minute hes fine and the next his a different kid..i dont know he drives me insane but im trying my best to have patients just for him as well for my other kids...what can i do next im already taking him to different places and i know it takes time but i want help right away for him and our family

Jackie - posted on 10/08/2010

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ive used adderall for my son and it made him lose so much wrieght he was a size 10 now hes a 6 now im taking him to see different doctors and so on to see whats best for him i heard concertra is the best..i want to see and try it but i want is the best for my son and get him better

Tonina - posted on 10/08/2010

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my son daughter and husband are all on adderall and they wrkd wonders 4 all 3 of them! the dosing had 2 b regulated and adjusted bcuz it was eithr 2 strong and caused stomach upset or was 2 low and didnt wrk very well but once they got the right dosage they all 3 hav made drastic improvemnt my son n daughter went from Ds n Fs 2 As and Bs my husband went from jerk 2 darn near angel :) good luck hope it all wrks out im sure it will!

Heather - posted on 10/08/2010

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well I can tell her and so would my 17yr old son it takes about a week or so to get used to the meds. Just like getting used to any med. But once you do, it is fine, if the med is the right one for you. Yes there are differences. But that is why she is taking it. And the benefits are so huge. And once they get to a point where they can function without them they do come off as my son has. It is very important to keep a running dialogue with your child about the med and it's effects. And when they feel it is losing its effectiveness and so on. It makes them feel like they have more control an d after all only they do know what and how they are feeling. I would recommend an extended release if it is available and they can take it. That way there is no stigma at school with having to take med every day and not the sharp peaks and valleys when the med kicks in and subsides therefore not the loss of appetite

Marion - posted on 10/07/2010

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I made an post in Jan. and well new update daughter is going to be 14. After time she said she did not liek the way the meds made her feel and really who I am to disagree with that. So now she is doing it without meds. It is hard because she is truely stubborn and school has been a huge struggle, but I keep telling her if she is choosing to live life without meds then she has to learn how to deal with those things that make her feel unstable. She is trying harder this year to listen to us (her parents) and I think we have better teachers this year who she is also trying to do better with.

Mary - posted on 10/07/2010

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My daughter is on concerta it helps my daughter she hasn been other 2 medications.The reason for the change my daughters body built tolerance after about 2 years of more My boyfriends daughter was on strattara honestly it didn't work very well for her. My daughter has ADHD since she was 8

Heather - posted on 10/07/2010

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I agree when you find the right med for you child and you see how they help your child it is such a relief. And you feel soooo...well it is hard to describe. But there is such a stigma against the meds because they are way over perscribed. By drs who just want to appease parents who don't want to deal with their kids and teachers who want all kids to act the same. But for people like me and my kids who have an actual problem, the chemical imbalance in the brain, which is in fact what it is. It is a chance to function and learn how to function on a normal level. Because left untreated it does increase. In my youngest son we only gave him his meds during the school year and not on the weekend, unless something was going on where he really needed to concentrate. He is now 17 and has been off his med this whole year

Nell - posted on 10/06/2010

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my son was 3 when he was put meds for ADHD we tryed all of them and nothing worked.when we tryed ritlain that has worked the best he is going to be 16 my daughter has ADD and she takes it also it seems to work for her also. It's so hard when you find out something is wrong with your kids, and they need to take meds for it. but once you see how it has help them you know it was the right thing to have them take the meds.

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