does anyone have a child with adhd my 6yr old has it and his meds are awful there makeing him sick lose weight worried mom

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Diana - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 1/2 and he's been on Adderall and then Adderal XR (extended release). The not-eating was a problem, but he was just thin until he hit the age of 12 and he started shooting up and now eats like a normal 15 year old boy (which is a LOT!). Anyway, the medication did have that one side affect, but he was able to finally focus in school. He did not start medication until after he was already burned out at school, so he is still not successful on paper but I think he's one of the smartest kids I know. We are hopeful he will be like his Dad, who also suffered badly during school. Dad's now very successful and one of the smartest men I've ever met, and I work with a large group of very highly educated professionals. The trick with ADHD is to find something the child is interested in. They can focus very extensively on that and become very, very good at it. Just finding the things they like to do is the hard part. Legos were great, because, even though I'm not a professional, it seems that ADHD kids are able to super-focus and become GREAT at something, because that ADHD translates into having super-energy, which helps them when they get older. My two cents worth.

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Laura - posted on 01/14/2010

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my grandson is on metedate cd 20 mg. sometimes he eats 2/3 bowls of cereal for breakfast or as many eggs as my 11 yr old. youd think he was in puberty. my daughter thinks he may need little more medication & has to speak to ped.

Terry - posted on 01/13/2010

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My 9 yr old son has ADHD. He takes vyvansse and it causes him not to eat.. So what I do is make sure he gets a good breakfast before taking his meds. I know he isn't going to eat while on it.. His meds last for 8 hours and eventually later in the evening he will eat again, it may not be much at that point but at least he had a good breakfast.. I would rather not have him on it and i did try taking him off. .He started failing something aweful in school.. Best Wishes

Marla - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi there Beverly My name is Marla my son has ADD he is on concerta which is like ritalin but slow release,What is your son taking if you do not mind me asking until Jamie was about 12 he was the skinniest and shortest kid in the class now at 14.5 he is 5'8 148lbs, it will even out over time Is your son a finicky eater ? mine is he also is in the Autism Spectrum many of them have very severe food issues texture etc, some meds will make them loose appetite some gain appetite .Ususally after they ahve been on the meds for a while and is adjusted to them he should get back to normal weight range.i tried to sneak in 6 small snacky type meals rather than 3 sqare meals a day also the body will not allow itself to go I not starvation mode your son may be thin and loosing but it should level out feed him what he likes coax a few more bites if you can , I used to mix things up hot dog for breakfast waffles at dinner time anything to spark the appetite hope this helps

Jackie - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son, who is now 13, was diagnosed with adhd at about 7. Many ups and downs, many meds, and now, finally, some peace. Kepping weight on him has been hard, but it's getting better. He's doing well in school and has grown socially as well. You know your child better than anyone, so don't be afraid to question the dr on what he's prescribing.

Kenitra - posted on 01/13/2010

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All ADHD meds will suppress their appetite, but it shouldn't make him sick. You doctor can adjust the dosage, or try him on a different medication. The doctor also tells you that you should keep him on it 7 days a week. Me, I don't. He is on meds only on school days. That means on weekends and vacations, he can regain any weight he may have lost during school days. I find the weight loss to be minimal, he is doing a great job maintaining his weight, he has too. He wrestles in school.

Tamara - posted on 01/13/2010

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Definitely get another opinion, and keep your mind open about other types of treatment. My son was innacurately misdiagnosed with ADHD in the 3rd grade, and he was on meds for two years. Nothing improved (behavior, grades, etc) however he seemed like a prisoner of the "containment" the meds provided. I took him off the meds myself two years later and instead worked on one-on-one tutoring and positive reinforcements for better behavior. I think he had more of a border-line Asperger's (mild Autism) than ADHD, and now he is doing very very well. Not all kids have ADHD that are diagnosed with such. You really need to look outside the box. But, if the meds aren't working......keep seeking.

Andrea - posted on 01/13/2010

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Find a qualified homeopath, she/he can help you gradually wean your child off the synthetic meds that have so many side effects like weight loss. Homeopathic remedies are safe, have no side effects and can be quite powerful. In some time your child may not need any medication at all :) Check out the book 'Rage-Free Kids: Homeopathic Medicine for Defiant, Aggressive and Violent Children' (first published as 'Ritalin-free kids') by Judith and Robert Ullmann. Good luck!

Debora - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son who is now 21 has ADHD and we refused to place him on meds as a child for fear of just that, so what we did was we visited a store of natural herbs and we were very happy with the results you might try that. I suppose I should also say that as an adult he has learn to control it himself.

Polly - posted on 01/12/2010

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The one thing that people never look at is the food that we eat now! I would look at doing more with your foods and make sure that you have the right nutrition, and just might not need the meds! Our Doctors say if you can change thing (nutrition) and stay away from the junk food and fast food, you will be better off. we did this and went with some of the very best vitamins. It was the best thing we ever did

Huss - posted on 01/12/2010

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Find you an herbal book, different herbs help and they dont have the bad effects of the ADHD meds. My now 19 year old son has ADHD and after seeing what the meds done to him, I chose to try the natural way and it did work for him, St Johns Wart was the best mood stablizer for him but the herbal book I found had many things you could try.

Lori - posted on 01/12/2010

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Hi,my daughter was 9 years old when she was diagnosed with ADHD.She was seeing by a dr.who specializes in this field. She also has severe learning disabilities and I had her put on a placebo/ ritalin test. I did not know which was her ritalin and which was placebo.she was carefully monitored by me at home,the sitter,etc. After the testing was done the dr who diagnosed me went over options i had as a parent whether to proceed with her being on Ritalin or no meds. I chose the meds due to the fact her test results from the ritalin/placebo test showed that she was more attentive,less hyper,etc.on the Ritalin. But remember,your child still needs to be monitored to see if the dosage she is taking is the proper dosage amount.My daughter was then taking Ritalin SR. There was an improvement in school attentiveness,etc. Counselling was also a major part in our lives. I was raising my child as a single parent,and a lot of times there we clashed with one another. We are so much alike.In highschool she refused to take her meds because she said she didn't like the way it made her feel.So I was dealing with a child of 16 who is acting like a child of 8. Mood swings,hyperactive,very impulsive,etc.I could not make her take her meds,she was old enough to refuse the help. I was 35 years old when I was properly diagnosed with ADHD.
There aren't too many dr's. for adults with ADD/ADHD. This dr was in Guelph, Ontario. I decided to try Ritalin for myself. of course I monitored myself to see if the dose was the proper dosage.I was taking the slow release as well.I kept a journal,etc.to report my progress of being on the meds. for this doctor,due to the fact I sure as heck won't remember what the day was like etc.because of my short attention span. After years I stopped taking the ritalin to see how i would be drug free.I am now 50 but seriously,there are days when I can't seem to focus.My train of thought gets scrambled,my words come out of my mouth incomplete sentences,even tho it sounded good in my head. I have mood swings,etc.My daughter is going to be 29 years old and she decided to go on Ritalin SR when she was 28,due to the fact that she is still very impulsive,hyper,mood swings,etc.She got her own place,but she still needs companionship-someone near her at all times.She has had numerous failed relationships that were abusive,on both parties. She has had 2 children,both are adopted.I think She is doing drugs-smoking pot only i hope that is only it. I need to sit down to talk to her about stuff,it isn't easy cause I yell at her for lying to me,when i feel she isn't being honest with me or herself.
I don't want to scare you,cause everyone is different.Hopefully you will get the help you deserve for you and your family.

Teresa - posted on 01/12/2010

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Ii have had very good results with nutrition and certain food eliminations like sugar,food dyes etc... Also protein shakes work very well to help keep the blood sugars stable. A good multi vitaman will help as well. Check for allergies to any foods and small healthy meals keep the body balanced. May take some time to see changes but well worth it.

Loretta - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son was put on meds when he was 6. Depending on what meds the doctors had him on, would depend on if he gained or lost weight. I finally said enough is enough, as of almost 2 years now he has been on nothing. They insisted putting him back on Strattera, that caused him weight loss, even after I told them why I didn't want him on it, they said he my react different now. Nope lost weight..I took him off. When school started the school insisted he needed something. So the doctor put him on Vyanse, which was suppose to have the least side affects.. He lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks. Still here almost 2 years later having problems getting weight back on. Also these meds can cause more serious problems other then weight loss or gain. Things such as paranoid schizophrenia. Over the years the meds ate at his stomach, so now he's only on medicine for that. My son is ok now that he is OFF all meds. and it is going to stay that way. The only reason I never put my foot down before is because in the very beginning a place called The Harbor in New Port Richey, Fl turned me in to CPS for refusing to have my 6 yr old amitted because he took money from my purse. Cps found me in no wrong and actually helped me get better counsling for him with The Gift of Life. I think theses kids need the counsling and parents need help in how to handle them, but the meds or out of control, so I would do some research and get a second or 3 rd opinion. He was on alot of different meds in concerta seemed to help in the beginning, but then he was worse then ever once he was use to it. Risperdal is one the caused the overweight and paranoid schizophrenia. Now that he's off this he only has his ADHD problems..

Sue - posted on 01/12/2010

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Yes All 3 of mine are adhd. 1 is worse than the other 2. They get it from me. I am add. If your child is on Ritilin, it will make them lose weight. Check out the side effects of the different meds because a lot of it will also effect their liver. Find a Dr. that specializes in adhd.

Cynthia - posted on 01/12/2010

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hello,

i'm a single and my son was diagnosed in kindergarten with adhd. later on we found out he also is ocd. now, last year he got testing and he is bipolar. the med's are awful and watching him try each one and it not working is frustrating. i had him see a therapist right after he started his med's because i wanted him to know what he was dealing with and also have someone there that he could talk to besides mom. he has a very high iq and is 15 now. but, he still has outbursts and i notice some depression. i just make sure the doctor is aware of any and all things that happen or don't happen. i hope someday he will be able to function in a work world and not blow up at everybody because the stapler didn't staple. i worry terribly about his life later on. we go in wednesday to start on a different one. i keep my fingers crossed everytime.

Elaine - posted on 01/12/2010

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Just yesterday I had my son at his psychiatrists appointment. He's 17 now, but I know how you feel. it's a tough call. I didn't put him on meds until his out of control behavior affected him personally in first grade. His over enthusiam for the other kids, pushed them away from him, and he was hurt. We've tried different meds over the years, and have found the right one for him. Unfortunately it has been trial and error, but if you are being prescribed these meds by a pediatrician, rather that a psyc. doctor, you may want to change that. I feel bad for you as you have a tough road ahead, I know, you just remember, you need a time out for yourself, too. My son was just uncontrolable, but it does get better in time. Keep the faith.

Donna - posted on 01/11/2010

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in reply to kelly c, yes concerta is one of the meds my son takes & so far wev'e had good luck, not sure what the age is for it though

Debra - posted on 01/11/2010

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As a mom, a grandma and an Early Childhood Professional let me suggest getting a second opinion or simply taking your concerns to your child's doctor. There are many new things going on that work with these kids! Don't be afraid to ask more than once--after all it's your child and who will advocate for him if you don't! You have that right.

Erica - posted on 01/10/2010

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both my daughters have ADHD...and a lot of the meds they give kids for this decrease appetite, so I took her off the meds. Vitamin K is supposed to help get their appetite working; you can get this in liquid form at any GNC or Vitamin World or stores like them.

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son was diagnoised at the age of 5..hes now 12. We went thru a few different meds. He was on a few that caused weight loss,no appetite,and he even developed o.c.d....I called the dr. over and over and hes on Concerta,and has done very well with it! You have to be able to switch meds if it doesnt agree with your child. My son,since on Concerta,lost the o.c.d....eats more then my husband,lol...and is an A student in school. I hope your Dr is open minded and agrees to try different meds til you find one that is right for him:)

Best of luck!!

Donna - posted on 01/10/2010

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my son is now 22 w/ bipolar/adhd & sorry to say, but it took many yrs & med changes to get him steady, just keep trying & don't give up. the best thing I did was to start him in therapy very young & he's still going, they take care of all his needs, including his meds

Shavonne - posted on 01/10/2010

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Yes my 8 year old has it and the meds he is on are doing the same thing and make him loopy. He goes to a specialist on tuesday I hope there is another alternative.

Susan - posted on 01/10/2010

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No Meds. Carefully control the diet. No corn syrup, dextrose, sorbtiol, sugar, artificial colors and dyes or caffeine. Give a good vitamin supplement (Kids-n-us minis by Mega Food) along with Evening Primrose (1000mg daily) and fish oil (for brain) Acidolphilus for belly. You will see a huge change in personality and behavior. Good Luck!

Rhonda - posted on 01/10/2010

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Hey My son had the same problem and we took him off the meds he was fine. We had to just do behavior modification and the teachers and I stayed in touch until high school, but they still call me if there is an issue. He is a junior now!

Barbara - posted on 01/10/2010

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What is the medication he's taking? Just about all the meds on the market prescribed for ADHD/ADD will change the appetite and sometimes the sleep pattern. What is the schedule for taking the medication? Does he take it every day or just during the school week? Some things you can discuss with his physician. Find out the best approach with the medication by discussing your concerns with his physician or whoever prescribed it for your child. Ask the doctor which meals will help his weight stay steady and allow him to grow properly. Hope this helps.

Laura - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daughter had the pediatrician put my 7 yr old grandson on another medication since he wouldnt eat. the new one is fine.

Gail - posted on 01/10/2010

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Yes indeed!! Our girl was medicated since second grade since there were no contingencies for schools to cope with kids with ADHD. I do not like medicating kids, it was hell on wheels for a while but one day our girl asked me if she'd taken her medicine or not? As it went she had not, but was still reasonably calm. Behaviours were no better or worse with or without the medicines!! We stopped the medications, personally I believed that taking medicine was delaying her personal growth and dealing with her issues as a person with an intelligent mind. I cannot say I'd reccommend it to everyone, not by any means, but good consultations with her doctor just reinforced our position on medicine issues.

CONI - posted on 01/09/2010

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MY GRANDDAUGHTER HAS THE PROBLEM SHE IS OUTGROWING IT THANKFULLY . AT AN EARLY AGE SHE HAD ALOT OF TROUBLE WITH HER MEDS MY DAUGHTER JUST STAYED DILIGENT AND KEPT READING UP ON ALL MEDS ,TELLING DOCS WHO OF COURSE THOUGHT SHE WAS OVERREACTING FINALLY GOT HELP FROM HER SCHOOL TEACHER VIA NOTE TO DOC AND JUST KEPT TRYING FINALLY THE DOC AND SCHOOL GOT IT NARROWED DOWN. BE SURE TO DISCUSS THIS WITH THE SCHOOL THEY CAN BE VERY HELPFUL.

Catherine - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter is 14 now and has recently stopped taking her meds! she is a straight "A" student. When she was first diagnosed, she was unable to sit in a chair at school and had "c" grades. We had to do trial and error b/c some of the meds gave her nightmares etc. Adderall xr worked well for her, and as someone else here said, always give a good breakfast (like eggs and toast etc) before giving the pill, also fill the lunchbox with finger foods like cheese sticks, fruit cups, puddings, high protein/high calorie, but not large amounts ,.....nuts....... kids love icecream etc. your doctor should want to see your child every 3 months for a weight check and back off the med if they start to lose weight. Also adderall and most of the adhd meds are short acting so you can let them go off it on weekends and vacations this helps with the weight thing, and you can work on controlling behavior on those vacations. some other advice with adhd kids...... they can't change gears quick, it usually results in a meltdown, so when it's about an hour before bed /dinner etc... tell them in one hour......then in 30 min. in.15 min....... slow changeover to next activity....... low stimulation they can't do their homework in a room where people are doing other things. also we had a rule, no TV on weekdays, it was homework, and then reading and or music, or game etc. These things take a little more work, but are worth it. also, the louder they get, the quieter you should get, even if you want to scream! I found this out the hard way! May God bless you and give you strength and peace.

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Hi Beverly,
I am a mother of a child, now 20, who has ADHD plus other things. He is off all meds and is his own person. When he was in school, we took him to the doc and he put him on meds. It's trial and error. What work's for one person isn't guaranteed to work for others. My son tried all kids of meds and finally the doc found the right medicine.
Weight was a problem at times. Some meds would take away his appetite as some had the reverse affect.
My advice is to keep the lines of communication open with your child's doc and don't be afraid to tell him if you don't like any side affects, eating included. You are the parent. Do not be afraid to tell the doc what you think, as no one know's their child better than Mom.
Good Luck, and remember, the doc is there for you and your child. If you aren't comfortable with the results your child is making you can always find another Dr.
I hope this was helpful. I remember feeling all alone when I was going through all the process and tests but you aren't alone. There are plenty off new meds and the best one we had success with was adderoll. My son thrived with that one. It all depends on the chemical make up of your childs body.
TTYL
Sally

Audrey - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hi,,My grandson aged 6 has just been diagnosed with adhd and ocd. He is very hyper at the moment and cannot seem to listen to anything we say.It is hard to find out what is the adhd and whether he is just ignoring us.He is such a great wee boy and so loving. x

Linda - posted on 01/09/2010

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MY SON HAS ADHD AND ALSO DYSLEXIA WE HAVE TRYED JUST ABOUT EVERY MED I THINK WE HAVE FOUND A GOOD ONE GRADE'S AND ATTUDHAS INPROVED ALOT WE HAVE GONE 6 MONTHS OR MORE WITHOUT A COLOR CHANGE IN SCHOOL HE IS 8YR THE MEDS HE IS ON CONCERTA 36 MG HE STARTED ON SMALLER DOSE BUT I AM HAPPY NOW

Jeanette - posted on 01/09/2010

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It is good to know that some kids seem to grow out of thier symptoms. We will most likely try to taper our daughter off them some time in the future. I just knew if she didn't get the foundation skills now she would be catching up far too late. Ideas on how to adjust or stop med gently are welcome . our doctor does not reccomend stopping suddenly, and I want to give our daughter time to trust that meds have helped, but that her good attitude and habits can carry her forward.

Donna - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son who is now 19 was diagnoised with ADHD when he was in kindergarden. I struggled with his medications for years. Get information! Read all the books, talk to specialist. He will eat, but only when he's hungry. My son is 6'4" and weighs 200 lbs.It will get better with time. He came off his meds in high school, after repeated fights about taking his medications he refused to take them anymore. He no longer needs them, he still shows periodic signs of ADHD. But nothing like when he was a kid.

Allie - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hello, I have a son who is ADHD and we went through the same thing. He was on meds for about 3 years off and on. He also wore the same size pants for 3 years. We tried all different kinds of meds and they all made him either not eat or like a zombie. I finally had enough and said NO MORE!! He is now 21 and in the Army, currently in Iraq. We went to therapy on a weekly basis, and he was also in a special group in school. The thing to watch is all of his activities. We handled Kyle differently than our other children, you have to be patient, and find different methods to keep him busy and focused. The way it was explained to me, is imagine you are sitting on the couch flipping through the channels on the remote, pausing on each movie for about 3 minutes. Then an hour later one of those movies coming back and yelling at you for not know what the movie was about. That is the way these kids are. They are extremely intelligent and they get bored and lose focus easily, unless it is something that interest them. We kept kyle active, and busy. The school was great too, they had special classes for kids with ADHD and required a little more attention. Check into this at your school also. I hope this helps, good luck and hang in there. It will get easier as he ages, but it will be a challenge for both of you!!

Jana - posted on 01/08/2010

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Sometimes in order for the child to have a chance, you have to keep them on medication. Just like the rest of us. People always tell you not to. They'll grow out of it. But it's not that easy for them, or the parents, depending on the severity of it. You know your child better than anyone else. If it is truely making him sick. Take him off of it. Find a different one to try. My son is now 23. He was diagnosed, by a mental health facility, while he was in the first grade. We started on Ritalin. But we did try several other because of the weight loss issue. But Ritalin works quickly and is out of their system quicker too. So, we always went back to Ritalin. We did have to be more disiplined in the timing of it. I always had him eat before he took it. He says it just made him not hungery. And if you dont eat....you loss weight. I also had to work with his school. They were giving it to him before lunch. I had to arrange for him to take it after lunch. That worked great. I will have to say that I did not make him take his medication during school breaks or summer vacation. Unless it was absolutley neccessary in order for him to behave and concentrate.

Hope it all works out for you!! And him!!!

Brenda - posted on 01/07/2010

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my daaughter which is 7 has adhd she is on focalin usually about an half an hour after i give it to her she is pretty goodtill about 4 in the afternoon

Jeanette - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am a mom of a 10-year-old girl who has suffered with anxiety disorder and mild/ moderate depression. I have gotten her past a 2-year stint with alarming symtoms like hair pulling, but she was failing in school in spite of being very bright. Her teachers and I waited until last year to try meds. She takes Concerta and has made a huge improvement in her grades. We did look at her student profile and it shows that she does her best work at home where she gets more attention. Also, we insist that she has a routine that is consistent and age appropriate , but not too harsh. For all you worried moms out there, just remember that your instincts about your kids are to be trusted. Whatever you decide, meds, no meds or what have you, it is you who knows your kid best. They really just need to know you love them and will be there. Please don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. Hang in there and keep asking, seeking answers until you get the ones right for your kid.

Susan - posted on 01/07/2010

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my 7 yr old daughter has adhd but is not hyper. we took her off all meds. she had a suicidal stint with ridlin. then they put her on adderall. not good reaction to that either, not suicidal but would have meltdowns after school everyday. so my husband and I decided to not medicate her just deal with it as it comes. my husband was never put on meds for his either and he is ok and has learned to help himself with this .

Laurie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Don't hesitate to get a second opinion!!! My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in 6th grade, but the guy never did any actual testing - he just visited with her in his office and made the diagnosis. I found out years later that it was not a medically sound diagnosis, and she has quit taking the medications that made ruined her already small appetite and made her depressed. I believe now that she has anxiety disorder and Asperger's Syndrome, which can look very much like ADHD.

Don't hesitate to seek other professionals' advice and make sure that your son is getting INDIVIDUAL attention. Good luck!

Carolyn - posted on 01/07/2010

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Meds for kids can be very complicated. Most medications for ADHD are stimulants which may affect a child's appetite. One medication, Strattera, is a non-stimulant but may cause some tummy upset. If the medications are causing problems then consult the doctor. A couple of things I can think of are if you choose to keep your child on the medication:
-prepare a large breakfast (high protein, power shake) BEFORE giving any meds
This might help to make up for less food eaten at lunch.
-sometimes the doctor may need to adjust the medication dosage because one standard dosage does not work for all children where these meds are concerned
-the doctor may need to change the medication because there are many options
-monitor your child's mood patterns as well
Are they the same as before he started medication?
This is important information for your physician.
Good luck!

Susan - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter is now 26 and has ADHD I also took my daughter of meds when she was 8. For the same reasons she only weighed at the time 68 pounds and that scared me. I started working with counselers and the schools to do behaviorly treatments like making her sit or taking something she liked away until she would listen.I am not going to say it was easy in fact their were days that I would have gladly found meds. for my self LOL but it will get eaiser as they learn what boundries they can and cannot cross. You should realy look for a good counseler some one you both can trust and get advice from. hope it all works out for you both

sue

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