MOM'S WITH KIDS WHO HAVE ADHD, PLEASE HELP????

KRISTAL - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hello! My son Drake was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in kindergarten and he was put on ADDERALL XR 5mg it worked for like a week and then the dosaged was upped to 10mg and that worked until he started 2nd grade and then it was upped again to 15mg and that never changed his behavior a bit so I quit giving it to him all together... Now his doctor has prescribed VYVANSE 20mg and I'm scared to death to give it to him... He hasnt taken any kind of medicine for his ADHD for about 3 or 4 months... I usually have no problem trusting what his doctor is recommending but he is my baby and these types of meds scare me to death... I wanna do whats best for my lil boy... Any advice???? PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Brione - posted on 01/15/2015

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Have you tried changing his diet to add more veggies and fruits into a smoothie? Sometimes what they consume makes a big difference. My daughter is 8 and she was on adderall then intuniv and neither worked. They either had her comatose or just tired all the time. Now she has insomnia and I am mind boggled. So I believe I am going to curtail certain foods and drinks and do smoothies again. I spoke to her doctor and they said most of the time in children with ADHD it's what they are eating or their mind is not stimulated enough to where they can focus where it's needed. My daughter is still finding it hard to retain things in school since I have gotten sick(heart condition). So, I was hoping I could find a local group where we could meet and work together with our kids with this disorder.

ERICA - posted on 06/16/2011

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I have an 8 year old that had ADHD and ODD so he was on Folican XR but that no longer worked so we are trying Addreall again and it seems to be working but also he see a therapist once a week which also helps please I give him Melatonin at night which is great it is over the counter and non addictive if u ever need to talk just let me know cause I know how hold it can be but the meds are the best thing for him I tried going the who google thing and find out about all the meds and everything but truth is I am not a doctor so I don't believe that your doctor would do anything to harm you soon so trust him have a blessed day

Lynnitra - posted on 06/16/2011

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My son has adhd he is 8 years old the Dr going try things that work for him.we tried vyvanse but he wasn't eating I understand what you going through. I been there and still doing it but you always can read side effects if he ever gets one of side effect call his doctor have them change it hang in there you find something that works.

Jane - posted on 06/15/2011

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Different people react differently to different ADHD meds. My son has always done best on a Ritalin-based medication. Adderall didn't do a thing for him and since the Metadate he is on now works, we have never tried Vyvanse,

Adderall and Vyvanse are made by the same company. Adderall's patent is running out so the company has been pushing it to doctors because they will get more money for it.

There are some differences:

1) Vyvanse is 100% d-amphetamine, while Adderall XR is a mix of 4 different d and l-amphetamines.

This mix in Adderall may make it more effective, stronger. But it might cause more anxiety or physical side effects.

The next big difference is that:

2) Vyvanse is released via digestion, while Adderall is released by bead technology.

The digestion release may make Vyvanse smoother, last longer, and have less variability. What you eat might not affect it so much, while Adderall XR may be more affected by, say, having a cup of orange juice.

If the Vyvanse doesn't work, it might be time to try one of the Ritalin-based meds such as Concerta or Metadate. We have found that my son's meds needed to be fiddled with any where from once a year to once every two years as he grows,

Jami - posted on 06/15/2011

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Listen, there is nothing to worry about. If your child needs meds, then he needs meds. In brace it. Do research. Become an expert on it. But there will always be side effects...over time they go away. Do you listen all the time? the meds are there to help him feel normal. And being normal doesn't mean listening all the time, it just means listening as much as a little boy should. I have been on ADHD meds since I was 14, and I have been on Adderall for the last few years. Sometimes it needs upped. And because he so young you have to look at how is acting in certain situations while being on the meds. Most little boys will throw fits when told no or when they have to do something they don't want...what you should look at is how difient they are and when they need to focus if they are able to. I still have hyperness even on my meds, I can just control it if I need to. As oppossed to when I am not and I can feel my body acting up. It is very hard to control that and focusing when not on meds. But remember he is a little boy, he will be hyper...its just when he needs to.

Bri - posted on 05/28/2011

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•A decreased appetite
•Dry mouth
•Insomnia (see Vyvanse and Insomnia)
•Stomach pain (abdominal pain)
•Headaches
•Irritability.

Bri - posted on 05/28/2011

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my SK STILL has times where he doesnt listen and i m not sure what to do, he loves to hurt my feelings as well

Bri - posted on 05/28/2011

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just dont stop the meds ! Vyvanse makes my son loss of appetite, tired, and has to stay hydrated!

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