ADHD new meds for 6 yr old son..

Elizabeth - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 110 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 yrs old and has ADHD...we had been taking vyvanse for a couple of years along with clonidine to help him sleep at night...we started seeing a new doctor who has prescribed stratterra along with the vyvanse and then trazodone along with the clonidine...we saw him again last week, told him that we weren't seeing results with the new meds, so he has put my son on focalin along with mirtazapine at night.. just within the 2 days he was on both medications his behavior spiraled out of control,he had become violent even, hurting his siblings and when we asked why, he didn't have an answer for myself or husband..the dr. suggested giving him 2 focalin and to continue the mirtazapine, even after telling him, he's not sleeping at night-goes to bed now about 11pm only to wake up at 3am crying and telling me he's tired...i'm concerned because of how he acted with just one focalin in his system, scared it might cause his behavior to get even more out of control..i do know his behavior is not only from having ADHD but that its coming possibly from me because i have issues myself with temper, but any words of advise out there? i'm just trying to go day to day and wish we could find a way to treat him without medicine and have better results...

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Elizabeth - posted on 01/24/2010

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we go back to the dr. on feb 2nd so i am anxious to talk to him about how his behavior has changed...the dr. does not want him on clonidine, but it is the only thing that gets him to sleep...we have tried melatonin, not a liquid form, but the tablets you swallow, i did try fish oil with him and he ended up staying up until 1 am that night...i still have clonidine, in 0.1mg dose and 0.2mg and i am not letting him go this 4th week on no sleep...gave him the 0.1mg dose because it is a lower dose...we are going to start family counceling also, which may point us in the right direction to a new dr. i have a long list of providers in my area and they specialize in anger issues, adhd and such so hopefully we can get on the right track. don't get me wrong- i would LOVE to not medicate him, it has been our only option so far...he would not be able to function in school, as far as listening, sitting still and handwriting...all of the things he has got to be able to do...so please think about something before you just post- oh my gosh i can't believe you're medicating your 6 year old-you do not know what it is like, maybe you think you do, but each child is different, please respect that..anyways, i'm looking into all kinds of options, this is honestly the first year we've struggled with medicines with him-vyvanse worked fine, only it took his appetite away at lunch time and i think he is still struggling with that-got into a routine of binge eating at night b/c the vyvanse wore off and he was hungry!! i know everyone out there is truly doing what's best for their children and want what's best as well. thanks for all the kind words and everyone who has been giving me helpful suggestions-his teacher keeps notes for me on his behaviors and such and actually approached me last week telling me how hard he was working-that he was one of the few that made successful snowflakes in class:) made my week, just about made my month with all the probs we've had lately!

Debra Lynn - posted on 06/12/2012

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Focalin made my Add son nuts!!! He got depressed said he wanted to kill himself!!!!

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Nichole - posted on 06/05/2012

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Why not try going back to clonidine at night? Try concerta for the adhd... works wonders for my daughter - with no side effects.

Kristin - posted on 05/28/2012

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My 6 year old also has ADHD i refuse to put him on meds and listening to you i am thankful i refused to use meds. I watch his diet closely and he is not allowed red foods or a lot of sugar this seems to help. I also put him in behavior classes through CHADS and took a parenting course myself on things I can do to help him with his ADHD. Since my son has a lot of energy he needs to burn it off so we are active for at least one hour everyday, most days its going for a long bike ride at the park or swimming. For me meds are not the answer and I think that ADHD is so common nowadays and we as parents need to be active with our kids. I think a lot of it has to do with boredom. I know that my kids need to be outside regularly or they start climbing walls. In my opinion and my opinion only i think medications are too accessible and doctors are trying way to hard to push meds on kids and to me it isnt right. My sons doctor is older and she believes that the less meds a kid is on the better and i agree. Definately not good if your son is hitting and acting violent. My advice is go to another doctor maybe take him off meds and try the behavior classes and diet and keeping him active.

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2011

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Hi, Just wanted to share this from a website that is FDA approved : Unfortunately this is what we are giving our children...Adverse Reactions
Nervousness and insomnia are the most common adverse reactions but are usually controlled by reducing dosage and omitting the drug in the afternoon or evening. Other reactions include hypersensitivity (including skin rash, urticaria, fever, arthralgia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme with histopathological findings of necrotizing vasculitis, and thrombocytopenic purpura); anorexia; nausea; dizziness; palpitations; headache; dyskinesia; drowsiness; blood pressure and pulse changes, both up and down; tachycardia; angina; cardiac arrhythmia; abdominal pain; weight loss during prolonged therapy. There have been rare reports of Tourette's syndrome. Toxic psychosis has been reported. Although a definite causal relationship has not been established, the following have been reported in patients taking this drug: instances of abnormal liver function, ranging from transaminase elevation to hepatic coma; isolated cases of cerebral arteritis and/or occlusion; leukopenia and/or anemia; transient depressed mood; aggressive behavior; a few instances of scalp hair loss. Very rare reports of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) have been received, and, in most of these, patients were concurrently receiving therapies associated with NMS. In a single report, a ten-year-old boy who had been taking methylphenidate for approximately 18 months experienced an NMS-like event within 45 minutes of ingesting his first dose of venlafaxine. It is uncertain whether this case represented a drug-drug interaction, a response to either drug alone, or some other cause.

In children, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, weight loss during prolonged therapy, insomnia, and tachycardia may occur more frequently; however, any of the other adverse reactions listed above may also occur.

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Lilliam - posted on 04/02/2013

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My daughter was put on Focalin twice and both times, immediately she became aggressive and violent to self and siblings. I took her off immediately. Currently we are struggling to find something to calm/focus. We have tried Hydroxyzine, it makes her afraid of getting on the bus and classroom. Nortriptyline makes her want to hurt herself, very scary blank stare and eery smile/laugh. Abilify worked for awhile, then the weight got to be too much on her heart and she became very very whiney and cried at the drop of a hat. She is unable to swallow pills, so we are limited. She takes the Clonidine at night for sleep, other than that, we are lost. Her school work has gone down hill, no interaction with others, no focus or socialization. Any suggestions???

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2013

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My 6 year old son tried vyanese and he want wild on it. We went to Daytrana which is a patch which gives him medication throughout the day and that is working great. He's even showing improvement on the weekends when we don't put the patch on. Don't get me wrong, he still has moments. But I'm in agreement with the other moms. It seems like way too much medication.

Molly - posted on 06/16/2012

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Were he original meds working? If they were, you might want to find another doctor. It sounds like he might be having a reaction to being over medicated.

Karren - posted on 06/15/2012

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These medications were our last resort for treatment. I have put them through all sorts of therapies. Consult your pediatric primary care physician along side a different psychiatrist!!!!

Karren - posted on 06/15/2012

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Contact your doctor immediatly, but I would suggest changing psychiatrists all together. Both my boys, 6 and 11, have PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified) and ADHD. They both take Adderal XR in the am, Adderal 5mg @3 (to get them to bed time), Respiradone before bed, 11 yr old takes Clonodine 0.1mg w/ Melatonin 6mg before bed, and my 6 yr old just takes Melatnin 6mg to sleep. Their bedtime is @9 pm an we start to get ready at 7:30 pm. They have been sleeping through the night and I haven't had problems. ***************My 11 yr old takes the Respiradone for his aggression.****************

Susan - posted on 06/12/2012

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my brother is autistic and adhd and his doctor put him on vyvanse and intuniv he is doing well even made the honor roll all year but he is starting to be defient otherwise he is doing good. Also we just found out my daughter has adhd and they have her just on intuniv and she is almost 7 and she is doing very well and she has no aggression so far.

Kathy - posted on 06/06/2012

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This is the same old story if you are tryimg to sell trhe drug your are wasting e- mail space.

Tammy - posted on 06/01/2012

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I have a child with ADHD that has been on meds. for many years and he is doing fairly well but I am concerned that the meds. are giving him night terrors. Has anyone had this happen to your child? The chlonidine he takes for sleep has not changed for the five years he has been on the ADHD medication. And yes I worry every day about the adverse affects that the medication could do or be doing but he functions better on them then off. Just wish there was something better.

Sheila - posted on 05/31/2012

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My son has tried just about all ADHD meds, they caused him to have tics( he has now been diagnoised with tourettes) i have taken him off all meds. He takes melatonin 5 mg. at night and he sleeps all night.

CHRISTINA - posted on 05/26/2012

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I'm a mother of three..2 boys 1 girl all three have sleeping problems. the 2 boys have PDD-nos/ADHD. the baby has external hydrocephally. My boys are extremely active cant even go grocery shopping with them. Neither of them are on meds.. doctors kept telling give them benadryl..Now as you know benadryl is allergies why would a doctor prescribe allergy medicine to an autistic child? well i have been trying melatonin for two weeks now and they are leeping through out the night and are much calmer is like a little miracle!

Kathy - posted on 05/22/2012

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My son has ADHD The Medicine the doctor subscribed did my son more harm than good . I took him off the medication put him on a natural herb called clam child , HIS FAMILY DOCTOR recomended Melatonin 5 mg for sleep and it works great for him with no side effects. I still monitor his behavior with the clam child. A doctor in Tenn put a child on some medication that caused the boy who is 6 yrs old to go into a rage.in the doctors office.( he had been taking the medicine for about 4 months ). The doctor told the mother she would have to take him to the emergency room at the hospital that he cound not treat him. The doctors who treat ADHD are usually Psychiatry not medical doctors. I just got off the phone with the boys mother. he will be comming home from the children Hospital in Nashville. Common sense if a medication is harming.your child I would take him off it consult my family Doctor.

Stephanie - posted on 03/02/2012

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Wish I had read this before our experience! We have had the same thing to happen our child. Went from being pretty good with the clonidine and needing his Focalin tweeked to mirtazapine and Focalin xr and anger. Lashing out, hurting his sister's belongings, etc. Got him switched to Vyvance and back on clonidine but his anxiety levels are still way out of control. He is on lexapro. We are thinking of taking him off the vyvance and clonidine for awhile to see if we can get our son back. Heart broken.

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2011

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I wish I had an immediate answer! Hopefully you have gotten it all straightened out by now, seeing the date you posted this yet I never received it to my yahoo email until now, which is over a year later!!! My 7 year old is on 5mlg D-amphetamine salt combo which is equivalent to aderall. His doctor is now telling me that I can give him additional medication to help lessen his aggressive behaviors that he at times gets towards his siblings or to me, yet I keep holding off because I hate he takes medication at all! But my direct email is michellepetty1069@yahoo.com in case you would like to still contact me to give encouragement in case you found medication that works with your son to help encourage me. Or I can find out what his doctor is suggesting to supplement the current prescription that he is taking and possibly start giving it to my son because there are certain times I wish he was on that additional medicine just to see if lessens or stops his violence he occasionally gets with his younger 5 year old brother! So afraid the younger brother is gonna learn to continue this aggressive behavior after my 7 year old son possibly stops his aggression with the help of medication! I know discipline will help curve this bad behavior but we both realize that certain behaviors cannot be helped because of their ADHD and the additional oppositional disorder and asperger's autism.Please add case you do email me because sometimes if I do not recognize the person, I delete them in case of a virus! Thanks, and hope things have improved for you all since you posted this!

Genesis - posted on 09/14/2011

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My son has been taking Vyvanse with Clonidine in the morning...he has his mood swing at home though, on the bright side we have seen a great improvement in school. Before bedtime he takes Clonidine and Melatonin within minutes hes ready for bed...

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2011

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My son did terrible with Focalin, we tried 2 other meds, then I was done. If you look into the medication they are giving our kids, its scarry! These meds are stimulants, and can cause psychotic behavior. Hows it going now?
Lisa

Rose - posted on 01/26/2010

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Oh forgot to say, were currently on Concerta, but looking at dosage cos its becoming a bit hit and miss on some days which isnt so good for school and group sports etc..

Rose - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hiya, my son is 9 and weve tried several diff meds. sorry dont know anything about the ones uv mentioned, but one of them had a side effect sim to what you described as agressive and tightly wound, making him hv huge meltdowns and outbursts over ..well nothing in particular!
So, basically they were off the list!! ..we've been told by our Paediatric specialist that every child reacts differently and you'll know within 2 days if the meds dont suit - which is exactly wht weve seen. finding the right one isnt easy, esp as yr child grows and their age/weight changes (ie. dosages change)
But in terms of the night time solution, our specialist has put our son onto Melatonin, a low 3mg dosage which is what our bodies make NATURALLY to fall asleep. But cant becos the ADHD meds interfere so, Melatonin tabs is a really good natural option.
Also becos its quite a low dosage, it only works for around 1-1.5hrs - enough for the poor kid to allow his brain/body to start the sleep cycle.
Melatonin is avail without script in most places around the world from a pharmacy, but unfortunately not down here in New Zealand becos of our OTT food & drug regulations.
hope this helps.
Otherwise, another alternative you cld try which another friend has told me about is try a gluten free diet. Iv heard some say they swear by it, others just so so.
good luck!!
rose

Jenny - posted on 01/25/2010

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i have an 8 year old with ADHD and ODD she was diagonsed at 4 and weve tried a several different meds she is now on focalin and risperdone, was working great for the first few months. for some reason shes starting to have a hard time in school again.for sleep ive had a hard time with her since she was a baby,her doctor said to try benadryl, it worked for only so long but i think her bodys to used to it now but you could give it a shot for now till you can find something.

JAMIE - posted on 01/25/2010

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Maybe you should find a new doctor. I have a 16 year old. He was on ADHD meds til last year. They have now decided he is bipolar. Anyway we tried EVERY medication out there & they never found the right combo. Some of the meds made him very violent. He never slept. Wouldnt eat. When he became a teenager we had to do hormone shots because he was 2 years behind in puberty and stunted growth. Now we have found out that my 8 year old is also ADHD. Luckily, we have a different doctor. He said that we should never have had to go through the hell will all the meds & problems. He is running blood work to rule out other things first just to make sure that he gets him on the right meds.

Nichole - posted on 01/25/2010

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HI Elizabeth,

My son is 10 and hes been on Concerta 54mg 1 pill a day and i work for a pediatrician they told me to try my son on the ADHD patch cause they have had alot of feedback saying that was a great thing. The only thing is my son is on Gateway and its not covered outof pocket cost is 178.00. He goes to bed late and gets up early but he hasnt complained that hes tired. But i have noticed lately he went from all A's on his report card to D's and im going to be calling the dr to see if they can force the gateway to pay for the patch. I would tell the dr im not giving him this medication after he hurt his siblings and to try something else.

Janelle - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter is 7 and was diagnosed wiTH ADHD a little over a month ago..She takes Adderall 10mg XR once in the morning...its the only thing shes ever been on and ive seen a dramatic difference in her, for the good!! I wouldnt let her take that many meds, thats just insane..i would definately get a second opinion..

Tiffany - posted on 01/24/2010

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I wish you luck I have an 11 year old with ADHD and was also on meds that didn't work for him. Clonidine gave my son tons of headaches, so i slowly took him off that medication but the he couldn't sleep so then they put him on a higher dose of medidate, and made his emotions crazy so all in all i took him off all the meds. Sometimes i feel thats good thing because i don't have to deal his aggressive ways and its hard on them also. As of right now he's not on any medication personally its not too bad but school work its very difficult he can only concentrate on only one thing at a time, and he goes through his moods so i understand what your going through. Just hang in there and stay strong and maybe taking him off his meds won't be so bad at least for a little while till his body adjusts a little bit. Well i wish you the best of LUCK.

Amy - posted on 01/24/2010

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i have found that using a liquid Melatonin at night helps to "shut down" my sons mind enough that his body can relax and he gets the sleep he needs. He also experiences very violent episodes that can be brought on by eating the wrong food or also situational. We have used melatonin in these circumstances as well to help him calm down.
I don't want to have to put him on medication to regulate his behaviour but for right now that seems to be what will be most effective for him while we work through his anger and emotional issues.
hope this helps. don't be afraid to question your doctor or seek other opinions regarding medication.

Nanci - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have two boys with ADHD and one has Autism and Diabetes coexisting. Other than his insulin, he only takes vyvanse. It does keep him up a bit at night, but if the dose is not too strong, it should be out of his system within 12 hours of taking it. So far that is all he takes. We see a pediatric psychiatric nurse which is nice because she specializes in medications for kids. Hope the info is helpful!

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You need to seek a second opinon. It is very rare that a physician will disgnose a 6 yr old boy with ADHD in the first place (a kid usually is 8 before they'll even explore the possibility of ADHD). Secondly a 6 yr old boy should not be on such strong medications. The potential for irreversable, long-term effects is high. I strongly suggest seeking a new physician.

Karen - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son is 6, been on meds for 2 yrs now. He takes Vyvanse in am before he leaves for school, then Straterra after school. This seems to work for him and we dont really have side effects.

Christina - posted on 01/24/2010

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omg, I saw a couple people here who said their kids are on two adhd meds...Y? If the one isn't working alone, they shouldn't be on it...to the original poster....u DEFIINITELY need a new med doctor...I had one like that once that just kept giving my son more and more medication and its ridiculous...my son ended up being hospitalized in a bigger city for a week and they finally did what needed to be done...most med docs will just keep adding pills till you shut up and say the kid is great...u have to decide when enough is enough and you are the only person that really cares about your kid, I found out a long time ago, that I was the one doing the research and making suggestions for what we could try cuz they won't do it for you...your child is definitely on too many meds...all stimulants cause issues with sleeping so finding a good sleeping med that works with your child takes time, trial and error and patience...i have one on meletoniin and two on trazadone, every once in a while the two on trazadone wake up at 3 am and TOTALLY disrupt the house...but most nights, it works...there is no 100% fix all med, it takes a lot of work, discipline and patience, but u can do it...I've struggled with helping my 13 yr old fix things and get meds right for 7 years, and its been one hell of a long road, just use your head and when something don't seem right, stand up and demand it be looked in to ... u have control.

Tiffany - posted on 01/23/2010

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Forgot to mention we tried adderall xr and i know it is matter of opion and everyone does differently on meds but that was the worst med i have ever tried with my son and i would never do that again. My poor child was so "strung out" is how the doc put it. He acted as if someone had given him speed. It was terrible!

Tiffany - posted on 01/23/2010

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WOW! That seems like an awful lot of meds for a 6 yr old child. I too have a son that will be 6 very soon and has ADHD. We dont have that many meds. The only med my son takes is Methlyn. He does well on this. He takes it twice daily 2.5 mg's in the morning at 6 30 before he goes to school and 2.5 mgs at noon with lunch at school. I was very insistent on my child being on very limited medications. Once you start using too many medications it gets rough to narrow down side effect possibilities and what not. I would be concerned with how many meds your child is on and perhaps get a second opinion. It never hurts to see another docs perspective. We see our pediatrician for the Methlyn and my son also sees a counselor. I should also add my ped was also very insistent on as little meds as possible. I feel for you and your family and hope you can get this straightened out. Oh i wanted to add a couple of other things i just thought of. Has the doc ever said perhaps your son isnt sleeping at night because of the amount of meds or even the dosage of meds? Adhd meds for the most part are stimulants and stimulate your system therefore in turn it could be to blame for your son being awake so long at night. Perhaps discuss with the doc about taking a lower dose at night, something to just get him through his homework and then he can wind down a little better, or maybe even taking the last dose earlier or something. The other thing i wanted to mention is i think my son has adhd because not only do i have it but so does his father and not to mention i also have Bipolar Disorder which i am concerned my son will inherit. Sooo i can kind of relate to you in the aspect of it coming from you. If you ever wanna talk please feel free to add me to your circle. :) Good luck hun.

Karen - posted on 01/23/2010

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If you had good results on the other meds, maybe let the new doctor know and go back to what was working for your son.

Tosha - posted on 01/23/2010

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i'm so scared to start my 6 year old on these meds will he lose his personality? will he start eating too much what is the right thing to do for him i dont want him to form an addiction to meds at this age are these normal worries???

Christina - posted on 01/23/2010

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adderall, don't do extended release and he will sleep fine at night we have been doing this with my daughter since she was 5, she is now 10 and still on the same meds

ToniAnn - posted on 01/23/2010

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I CAUTION anyone that uses Vyvanse! My son was on that for about a yr. He became very violent (which was NEVER his nature!!!) and he lost 15 pounds in about 2 months. He is only 10 yrs old. I had to fight with the psychiatrist and I finally just stopped giving it to him over the summer. He wasn't in school and didn't need it for concentration, so I stopped it. When we went back for his appt with the psychiatrist just before school started I informed him I had stopped the Vyvanse and I wanted something different! He was placed on Adderall XR which is much better! No more violent behaviors and he is maintaining his weight.

You know your child so you have to be your child's advocate when it comes to medicating or not, and whether or not the medication is working or not! Don't be afraid to speak up, the dr. eventually does respect you for doing so!

Kristi - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have a son that is 5 years old. It took quiet sometime for someone to see that it wasnt just trying to medicate my child. We started on Adderall and Clonidine when he was almost 4. But before doing so, we had his IQ tested and it revealed that not only were his father and I dealing with a child with ADHD, he was also incredible gifted. He had to learn a whole new way of presenting things to him. The Adderall he takes twice a day, and the Clonidine at night to help him sleep. My suggestion to you, is if you havent had his IQ tested, try that. It sounds strange, but when you know what level your on, you understand more on how to deal with talking to him and explaining things. And it may help his teachers understand more about whats going on with him.

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We had great results with this patch too my son is 11 and has been on it after trying 2 other drugs that caused severe weight lose and sleeplessness he is an A-B student and his teachers adore him, this drug worked for him too!

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Post a reply!Ask about a patch called daytrana my son has been on it since he was 7 he sleeps at night and the medicine only goes into the body while the patch is on we tried so many pills this worked for us

Casey - posted on 01/22/2010

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I tried Bowen therapy in Seymour, WI. Its an all natural therapy. Its all about pressure touches.

Rebecca - posted on 01/22/2010

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Have you been to a child psyciatrist? (sp) My son now takes abilify and adhd meds. It's doing better than anything. It is a great med for mood disorders. ie bipolar. Read the symptoms on that and see if any sound familiar. Ask HIM some of those questions you read.
I was suprised what he said...

Richelle - posted on 01/22/2010

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I personally, would wean him off those meds ASAP! It has been proven that when a kid has been on behavior meds from the age of 7 -18 & then you take a kid off those behavior meds, they have serious psychological problems in adult hood.. just look @ those kids that did the Colombine shootings!!
Why on earth would a 6 year old boy be put on meds anyways? Most 6 year olds ARE hyper! The doctors tried to put my daughter on behavior meds at the age of 5! Yes, she was a little more hyper than other kids her age but there ARE safer ways to treat ADHD! At age 6, I put her on melatonin on the advice of a better doctor (Melatonin, in case you don't know, is a natural sleep aid... some people don't have enough natural melatonin in their brain and need to supplement). She was on it for almost 3 years and now produces enough melatonin herself that she doesn't need them! Our bodies are capable of healing themselves as long as we try natural aids rather than chemicals!
I changed everything about our life style! We buy maybe one or two loaves of bread per month (compared to that amount per week), I took her off anything with red dye, I have her eating more fiber and Omegas, I even put detoxing foot patches on her every few months to git rid of the heavy metals & other toxins in her body(6 year olds might be a little young for that so talk to a naturopath for ideas that may work for him!). I also got serious about following through on consequences for her behavior (something I did not like doing before) She is now taking a few different vitamins which help her control her behaviors & help her concentrate on school work... Oh ya, I am now homeschooling too!
I'm sorry if I came across as being rude in any way! I have my college degree in working with people with disabilities & I have first hand experience, not just from the field, but also in my own home! I do not want any child to suffer!
If you would like any further advice from someone who has been there, please feel free to message me! I'd love to try & help in any way I can, even if it's just listening!
THERE ARE WAYS TO TREAT HIM WITHOUT MEDS!
Sending my love & support!

Cindy - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son is 14 and has been on Focalin since the 2nd grade and it worked very well for him. We don't use anything else with it. He was on Adderall at the beginning of 2nd grade and became suicidal. That scared us, we later found out that can be a side effect of the medication. Our Doctor told us that each child's chemical make up is different and medication won't work for everyone the same. So when our daughter was diagnoised with ADHD we tried Focalin for her with no sucess, Adderall helped some, but we changed doctors. The new doctor has recommended Behavioral Evaluations to find out if it could be more that just ADHD. My best advise is to keep talking to your child, their teachers, and the doctor, but remember you know your child best, keep looking for answers.

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2010

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try reading up on "The ADD and The ADHD cure" by Jay Gordon, and Jennifer Chang.

Good luck, ask for a second opinion.

Brenda - posted on 01/22/2010

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my son is on vyvanse and he was having problems with mood swings so his dr increased the dose and he is doing wonderful. he has make alot of good progress this year in school and his mood is much better,and also he is taking 50mg and it lasts until about 7 p.m. with no trouble sleeping

Celeste - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have a newly diagnosed son with ADHD, and his doctor put him on adderall and melatonin the melatonin works great with helping him sleep but the adddrall is not working but im gonna suggest the daytrana its sounds perfect god willing it works because he teacher is constantly calling me with outrageous reports and im scared they might put him speacial education when he is very intellegent and I think most of it is just boredum....but you guys stories have been great and I wish all of us the best of luck in search for a cure....

Kim - posted on 01/22/2010

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My step-son was diagnosed with ADD-ADHD Combined type, ODD, and Bipoloar. Sometimes the ADHD meds can cause a child with problems other than ADHD to not sleep, be irritable and even violent. Remember, it takes a couple of weeks for the new meds to stabilize and that long also for old meds to wear off. Some doctors can only go off what you are telling them and you need to educate yourself as much as possible on all the different meds. I have been through a rollercoaster with my step-son and if you can avoid that then please do. If you have or think you may have Bipolar syptoms in your family please consider childhood BP because ADHD is commonly mistaken for this disorder. Children do rapid cycling and ADHD meds can encourage this cycling, can also make him not be able to sleep. It's like the college students that take ADHD meds, they take it to stay awake and study. Hope this helps, if nothing else maybe get a second opinion.

Rachel - posted on 01/22/2010

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My 6 year old daughter has Autism, ADHD and OCD. She takes (1) Methylphenidate 3 times a day. This just helps her be able to focus at school and sit still. Otherwise, she has no problems sleeping and no aggression issues. I'd look for a new doctor. I went through 8 before i found the doctor I have now. She is a true blessing that really seems to care for my daughter. All the other doctors I went to just wanted to give my daughter tons of unnecessary pills all day long.

Holly - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son is 7 and was diagnosed about a year ago. He has been on Conercta(36 mg) and it has worked WONDERS!!! He doesn't need another pill to help him sleep, he just needs some time to wind down before going to bed. Try asking your doctor about that. Hope it helps, I know how frustrating it can be.

Angela - posted on 01/22/2010

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I COMPLETELY understand. My son is almost 11 and we have been going through this since he was 4 yrs old. We were told at a VERY early age that he was ADD. He is on really high doses of meds. We have been through almost everything. He was on Focalin for awhile. He had the same issues. Very emotional when he would be coming off the meds. Like you said...it would scare you to watch him come off of it bc you would wonder if there was something else going on with him. He also would have issues sleeping at night. It was just a horrible cycle. He was on the same regimen that your child is on with the Focalin and clonidine. We went to a Phyciatrist and she put him on the Concerta in the am and one at luch; then a Strettera with a Remron at night. That seemed to make things sooooo much better. About 6 mo later, we were in the Peds office and my husband (a nurse) asked the dr about this new drug called Vyvase. We then changed him (reluctantly) but it was the best thing we have ever done. So for 2 yrs he has been on 1 Vyvanse in the am, and 1 Strettera and 1 remron at night. He sleeps good, eats better, and deals with the ups and downs of the meds sooo much better. I am not saying that he don't have his days but I am soooo very happy with these meds that I recomend then to anyone. Good luck... I have found one thing...dealing with a child with ADD/ADHD is heart breaking. You hate the fact that they are on the meds, but you know they have to be. Hang in there and just keep working with it. You will finally find what works for him and things will be much better. I found that about 3rd grade my son seemed to mature some and that helped tremendiously!!!

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