I think my son needs his meds increased

Michelle - posted on 01/23/2014 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My sons been on adhd same med since 2012 it doesn't seem to b workn like it did in the beginning help

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/24/2014

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Felicia,

If you have a question, you need to post it on the main board. This post is for Michelle to get input on her child's problem.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2014

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Michelle...I'm glad too...one male in my household with a med managed condition is bad enough!

Keep after the docs for your guy though. Like the other poster said, I cannot imagine what goes on in their heads when they cannot control their moods or behaviours...I know it frustrated the hell out of my son until we got his needs figured out!

Guest - posted on 01/23/2014

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He is 13, which means he is entering puberty, which will change his hormonal balance and knock the medicine all out of whack. It is not as simple as just increasing the dosage--that can actually make things a lot worse! Having a dose that is too high commonly causes erratic mood swings and uncontrollable emotional outbursts.

As Shawnn said, medication is not a cure all. In addition to the medication, you need to be intensively focused on behavioral modification therapies and techniques. You mentioned that he sees a doctor once every 3 months, but you didn't mention what kind of doctor she is. I would suggest, during this transition into adolescence he is seeing a psychologist at least twice a month in addition to his regular appointments with his MD or psychiatrist.

You will have to revisit the "Trial and Error" phase of medicinal treatment for now, so the behavioral therapy will help all of you cope with the roller coaster he is on. Remember, as horrible as this is for you to deal with, he has it a thousand times worse. Imagine being in a body with a mind you cannot control, emotions so strong that you lose all control of your thoughts and actions. It's scary, and afterwards, it is painful--a gut wrenching sadness and shame washes through you and tears you apart. Remember he needs your support as much as you need the doctors support.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2014

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I do understand that a condition that requires 24/7 med management can be frustrating. I've lived with my disabled husband and med managment for 15 years now. My Aspberger's son doesn't require meds, thank goodness.

But, if you've been managing this since he was 2, and you're finding that a recently prescribed med isn't preforming as it is supposed to, you need to bring that up in his next appointment. As I said, (and as you know) med management is a 24/7/365 deal, and you, as the caregiver & mother, are the closest to the child, and able to determine whether or not it's working or it needs changed.

If he's exhibiting a violent reaction to his meds (and concerta can cause that), request different meds. But, I also recommend some therapy and counseling as well, to help him handle his moods.

Michelle - posted on 01/23/2014

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My son was diagnosed, with Autism, adhd, etc, His physicatrist diagnosed him at 2yrs old, ( which he's fixn to turn 13yrs old soon) however, we c her (his doctor every 3 months) he's on ALOT OF MEDS, But the focalin was helpn at first for a while but now I can't even control him he act's out all the time at home. And at school, they just bring him home because they say they can't handle him NO1 UNDERSTAND'S WAT I GO THREW EVERY SINGLE DAY N NITE AN REMIND YA I ALSO HAVE AN 11 YR. OLD GIRL AND ALSO I HAVE A 5 YR OLD TOO. THEY R AT CERTAIN TIMES AFRAID OF thier own brother. I bein the mommie of all 3 I'm stressed all the time but most of all very consernd bak to Shawn

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/23/2014

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So you need to take him in for a re-evaluation, and med check with his physicians. Putting someone on meds does not fully fix or cure the problem. Medication is NEVER constant, especially ADHD meds prescribed to children who's bodies change almost daily as they grow. Medication adjustment is necessary. At the very least, your son should be seeing his physicians at least once a year for a med review and physical.

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