PLEASE HELP!! I have a 8yr old son. He was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2012. They started him off on Focalin XR 10mg in AM. IT wasn't lasting through homework so they added another 5mg XR at 12noon after lunch. I was already thinking 10mg was to much to even start him off on. Anyway, a lot of side affects starting happening but let me say this first.... IT WORKED THOUGH... He was able to focus in class, he was making 100 on AR test it made a worlds difference!!! However he started having tics, couldnt sleep, stomach aches, and PARANOID OF EVERYTHING!!!! It was scary!!!! He became my shadow..... he wouldnt even sleep alone and he is not my one that EVER slept with me! So I told doctors and they backed his dose down to 5mg XR in mornings and still 5mg XR at 12noon BUT the side affects were still there so we stopped the meds. I have always been leery of giving any of my kids any meds so it was very hard for me to even start the Focalin. So I started him on some Natural meds A LOT of them for Manna Grocery! All which I talked over with his pediatrician. We have been doing this for almost 2 weeks and it isnt working :(! So we went back to a new set of drs both psychiatrist/psychologist. The bad thing that we both realize is that the Focalin which is a stimulant WORKED for him but the side affects were so BAD we had to stop. SO they want me to try Intuniv 1mg daily along with 1/4 of a 5mg Ritalin. They are thinking maybe taking a LOW dose of Ritalin thats not a XR may work. I'm scared to death. But it breaks my heart to see him struggle. I work at his school and spend a lot of days with him in class and its amazing how well the Focalin worked then now to see him read a book 3 times and turn around in same hour and take a test and fail it.... HURTS ME SO BAD bc he's so upset bc he wants to do well. He doesnt have the hyper part to where he cant sit still its more that he cant focus on when shes teaching and VERY TALKATIVE! And without the meds he will not try to do his work on his own he crys and says I cant do this etc. and homework takes HOURS and a lot of arguing!!!!! I would love to talk to anyone about this! I feel very alone other than his teachers being so good to me, I couldnt ask for a better teacher! Let me add this also..... at home he bounces off the walls and is VERY hyper but he can sit still in his chair at school....weird I know. He takes Melatonin 2mg at night and it works GREAT!! Along with a lavender Oil bath and a Lavender Oil diffuser in his room! That seems to help him calm down!!

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