What is the safest medication for ADHD?

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VANESSA - posted on 11/29/2009

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patience. it depends on how old your child is. no medication should be given to any child with adhd. i don't think it really works, because i was told my son had adhd and they tried to give him medication and i didn't give it to him. he is now 10 yrs old, and he was 6 when they tried to give him medication. all you need is patience and give them a little more bit of attention. not that noticeable to your other children if any. all they want is attention. they might feel left out in any type of way. i personally don't think that medication is good. just give them the benefit of the doubt and have patience. if in school try speaking to the teachers and try to work there way around them to get them to do special things or things they might like doing.

Sarah - posted on 11/29/2009

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Healthfood stores have vitamins for ADHD although it can be very pricey. Also check into certain food allergies. Usually children with ADHD seem to have one or more food allergies that affect their moods.

Melissa - posted on 11/26/2009

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I am an adult with ADHD and have tried a number of different meds. I have been taking a relatively new drug called Strattera. It is a non stimulant and it does not suppress the appetite.
My suggestion to you is to seek professional advice and ask about the different meds etc. Meds will work differently with everyone. There are differing degrees of this condition and it depends on whether meds are required.
My 11 yr old son has been recently diagnosd, and we are treating his condition with strategies at this point. Meds may be introduced at a later date, assistance with high school may be the appropriate time.
Good luck wth it all. I only wish that I had been medicated as a child. I would not have felt so isolated by my spontaneous and attention seeking behaviour. It took me 27 years to be diagnosed and then another 12yrs to get the onto medication.
Straterra gave me back my life.

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2009

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my son has adhd and we use the ridilen based patch it only last for 8-9 hours in the blood stream so if they don't have school they don't need to put it on unlike some of the pills that have to be taken daily. we only use the patch on school days and not at all in the summer

Andrea - posted on 11/24/2009

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My daughter who is now 14 takes a low dose of Adderall XR. Combined with a healthy living lifestyle. I did a lot of research on this. I was very hesistant to put her on medicine. But cutting out processed foods, carbs, sugar and plus the medicine has worked great. Teaching how to focus and stay on track and the proper way to express herself. It's not let's just give her the medicine and do nothing. Research and find what is best for your child. Good Luck.

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Stacy - posted on 11/29/2009

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My son has had adhd for 5 years now, but he only takes the meds for school. I honestly don't see the difference in when he is on it, or not. But we have joint cusotdy and his dad won't take him off. I just don't let have have much candy, and no caffine. He seems fine. That says alot, when he 6-7 he choked a girl in class for touching him. He has come along way. My nephew is also adhd, his mother just changed his diet a little, no meds at all. Go over all your options with his doc. Best of luck to ya.

Carla - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi,



My daughter was 5 when she started kindergarten. She hated school, and did not learn a thing. In fact, she got held back...I had known all along she needed medicine to help because she was a terror at home, bouncing off the walls, and would not listen. As well, she could not concentrate in school and was very defiant. Over the summer of this year i finally gave the doctor the ok to medicate her after she was diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist. She is on Vyvanse. Its a new medicine and i tell ya it is a wonderful thing. Appetite loss is the buggest thing though. I can never get her to eat. As well, in the afternoons when she gets home she is soooo tired and irratable. She will literally bite your head off. But in school, the teachers love her. She is so smart they say, and she has got one frowny face all year versus fronies coming home daily last year. She can tell you everything she learned and more and she loves school. Her behavior at home has changed to. She sits and colors nd focuses on things better. Last year, she hate to color. The doctor will try different meds until you find something that worls for your child. Good luck

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Be sure that your child actually has ADHD. The doctors should screen on Aukenback, Conors' DM 4 and DM 9. Also, a full physical wellness needs to be completed, as well as mental eval. They should rule out any pre-existing issues like ODD, CD, APD and others. Check out the CDC's website , and the FDA's site for drug research adn development. ADHD is actually controllable through play therapy and sports or club activities. THe goal is to have the child interact with peers, and learn from their behavior. Also, by enforcing discipline at home and curbing behaviors at home, the child can learn to compensate. There are so many bad drugs out there, that cause major damage to children when they hit teen years or later in life when they no longer take the meds. My son was mis-diagnosed as ADHD, though by the evals, he does not register or surpass the boarder line mark. His biological father has him on meds that are not rated for his young age. This caused him to be come extremely ill, and hospitalization. I do not want to see another child go through this. THe doctor is a quack, and yes receives a kick back from the drug company. Though it is not monetary, it is a "free "vacation" or "gift card" or other such item.

Linda - posted on 11/25/2009

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I have a son who has ADHD and anger management issues. We somewhat have ADAH issues under control. But we are still having strong issues with the anger management. Does anyone have any sugestion? He will soon be 13 so not only will we be dealing with the current issues at hand but we will start have the hormonal issues as well.

Dawn - posted on 11/25/2009

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my daughter takes Conterta. I have tried 2 others an she wouldnt eat. This has been the best so far. But its all what works for your child. You have to be patient and try out meds to see whats best :0 ) good luck

Marie - posted on 11/25/2009

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My brother started on Amitriptyline then progressed to Dexes.He started when he was about 7 yrs old then at 17 when he was about to take Ritilin he refused to take them. My youngest son has Adhd and from watching my brother and hearing all the hype nowdays about parents putting kids on meds to quickly I have tried other options such as diet and waiting to see if he grows out of it but I have had no luck. I think that with any medication it is tial and error and its weighing up the pros and cons with the side effects. I do think medication helped my brother and after 5 years of trying I am about to now ready to start the same process of finding the safest for my son!

Peggy - posted on 11/24/2009

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I read a book just for this reason....3 steps to concuring add/adhd. It has the natural way of helping the brain get the nutrients it needs. I am currently trying this on our son. The author has this and so does his brother and son. Check it out online.

Deborah K. - posted on 11/24/2009

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Cara - posted on 11/24/2009

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my step daughter is on concerta...and we havent had any problems and it i thik it works mighty fine we ran out for one day and we noticed why we put her on it in the first place it works very well so thats what i would recomend hope thathelps you

Micah - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have seen that Vyvanse has worked for my son. The side effects are low and it works really well.

Misty - posted on 11/24/2009

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my 8 yr old son started meds last year, even though I knew he had it, he was doing great and talking usually helped him more then anything. But it became harder for him, so meds was a resource for him. I would like to know more about the toxin stuff in your home....

my son takes adderall xr, its a stimulant, but non wont work for him, his impulses are very high, he lives for that minute, hard for him to look ahead to cause and effect, if he falls off his bike, thats the worst it will be, but you can't put him in a bubble, and he finds out it gets worse, even with me trying to explain it to him. He is doing a lot better on meds. I have more trouble with the teacher he has then him. I know how to deal with him, how to react, not to cause it to be worse. He is also bi polar, so that doesn't help, they aggravate each other so it hard to try to deal with both. your doctor would be the best, and it does take some time to find the right one. One med he took, he told him older brother he wished he was dead, needless to say they got flushed and doc appointment that day! But nothing like that now, mood swings is the worst. If he thinks you have wronged him in any way you have to prove him wrong or he stays upset, ex. took something of his, come to find out there is two in the house, lied on him etc. He has eatting trouble, very tiny, but has always been that way, pretty normal height, about 49 lbs, going on nine soon. but he looks good, doc said he is doing good, nothing to worry about, I just refuse him not to eat, and I keep snacks that are good around, pudding, yogurt, baked chips, those types of things, he can snack like no one I have ever seen.. can eat his body weight in yogurt if allowed..lol
keep in mind, he doesn't want to be this way, he can't turn it off, and he isn't trying to get into trouble. he doesn't think at the moment it is bad. my son gets very very upset if he thinks im upset with him. I am his whole world to say the least. no one understands him like I do, so he always looks to me. people get upset with him, his behavior, but I can set down with him and explain things in ways he understands, its hard to do that sometimes. keep reminding your child, hey we don't run inside, hey we don't get loud inside do we... its repeating things, and then they will start to pick it up there self. I hope this helps, I'm not saying you are doing anything wrong at all, or anyone else, each child is different and what works for one doesn't always work for another, like others have said.

Kathie - posted on 11/23/2009

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I noticed appetite suppression with my son as well until the doctor tried a non-stimulant ADHD med called Stratera. My son is finally doing great with a medication that has few side effects.

Kathie - posted on 11/23/2009

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The doctor started my 7 yr old on Stratera about a month ago and it works great. It is a non-stimulant medication because my son got very aggressive on Ritalin and Concerta.

Katrina - posted on 11/23/2009

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I completely agree with Laurel. It has taken me almost 2 years to finally find a medicine that my daughter could take without alot of side effects. She is now on Metadate CD. She is doing great on it but I will say that every child is different. What works for my child may not work for yours. Your best choice is just to try what the doctor prescribes and see what happens. It is a long, frustrating, exhausting process but it is completely worth it to see your child be successful. I wish you all the best.

Laurel - posted on 11/23/2009

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karen...as you will soon figure out, most all ADHD meds have some sort of side effects. I have a 2 children with ADHD, one has been on medication for 4 years, and the other for 1 year and it is a very long process to get the right meds for the child. The most common side effect of these meds is appetite suppression. Many kid lose a lot of weight while on these meds if they are not monitored close. Currently my kids are on Focalin and they are doing great, they eat really well and the school has not had any problems at all. I know its a hard thing to have to medicate your child, but if they need the help they should be able to get it to make the most out of thier lives. It is very hard for a child with ADHD to function when they can not focus on what they are doing, and i know my kids get very frustrated when we make med changes that dont agree with them, i wish you all the luck with your child!!

Christa - posted on 11/23/2009

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My first suggestion......ridding your home from chemicals & toxins found in household products. Let me know if you need more info. Christa

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