Ritalin Vs Adderal

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Is anyone's kids taking Ritalin AC? My doc is recommending that instead of adderal

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Dawn - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi, Jennifer. My name is Dawn. I am a special education teacher with several of my studens on ADD meds. I find that Addeal last longer throughout the day. The kids on Adderal seem to be more even keeled. Just my opinion. Hope this helps.

Decimus - posted on 04/23/2014

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You stupid fucks. DO YOU UNDERSTAND YOU ARE GIVING YOUR KIDS AMPHETAMINES??? Dumb fucks. All amphetamines work by destroying the dopamine transporter in the brain so that the synapse gets flooded with dopamine. Which fries the fucking synapse. Amphetamines will cause irreversible brain damage:

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/ritalin-m...

http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v39/n2...

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/27/27/7...

http://www.mclean.harvard.edu/news/press...

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/22/16/7...

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

http://www.cchrint.org/2010/07/05/hidden...

http://breggin.com/index.php?option=com_...

Amphetamines permanently disrupt the dopamine pathways in the brain. Leaving people who take them with a permanent dopamine deficiency. That causes life long chronic lethargy, heightened response to anxiety, lack of self control, lowered response to pleasure. The damage to the brain can be measured by the total milligrams of amphetamine taken during a lifetime. The effect is cumulative. It doesn't matter whether its methylphenidate, methamphetamine, or lisdexamfetamine they all work by the same mechanism of action. Did any of you think to ask the doctor what kind of shit he wanted to put into your preteen son? Or did you just 'trust' the good doctor? Stupid fucks. Its a goddamn amphetamine. Ask your doctor if he can switch from ritalin to desoxyn. He will say yes, sure. Then look up desoxyn. Its methamphetamine. Not similar to. Is. Your 10 year old son looks out the window and daydreams and doesn't pay attention in class? Yeah, because he's 10 fucking years old. Have some common fucking sense before you turn your son's brain into swiss cheese. "But my doctor said it was okay". Oh yeah? He said it was okay? So did doctors who gave kids lobotomies in the 40s. Stupid fucking goddamn people.

Haroula - posted on 02/12/2009

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Have you considered something other than medication?  I'm a school teacher, and I've witnessed children on Ritalin - they come to school spaced out and they're expected to do work.  It's so sad!!  If you're interested, please email me @ koutsid@gmail.com and I can give you some very valuable info.

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Candice - posted on 03/13/2011

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AdderalXR made my sons pulse too high but it worked better. He is on a combo of patch and pill Ritalin. (Daytrana is the patch) It is working great. The Adderal lasts longer but the Ritalin is not a strong on the body. I hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2009

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He was in more of a zombie state while he was taking ritalin. He stayed zone out too much. Even the teacher would call and say he just is not acting right. He also had an increase in heartrate while on it. And loss of appetite. It did not help his ADHD. Which with any of the meds for ADHD there are possible side effects. Everyone's child does differently on meds. Have you gone on webmd and looked up the various meds and their side affects? It also has very helpful information for you to print out or write down for you to discuss with your dr about the approach to take. It helped me ALOT! Hope this helps, if you need to know anything else just let me know.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2009

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Why is what I'm looking for...did it not help, were there side effects, did he turn into a dinasour?

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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I know I didnt like ritalin when my son was taking it. He was on Ritalin LA before this current med. It seemed to work for the first part of the morning then stopped around 1. We were getting calls from the teachers and principals. He was taking 30mg a day. We finally went to a doctor that specializes in ADHD and ADD and he prescibed Focalin 10 mg, 2 tabs in the am and 1 @ noon. It works till around 6 pm. It gets him through school and homework. And he doesnt have the spaced out look that he had with Ritalin. He hasnt had any change in weight. Also something I have found out, when you do start the meds make sure the dr does bloodwork every 3-6 months. Our dr wasnt. The dr we see now couldnt believe it. We have tried several of them, Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin, Strattera, etc... On every med they kept wanting to up the dosage. The one he is on now he has been on it for a year and doing fine.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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As of right now he's not on any adhd meds - he was just diagnosed. His doctor said they usually start with a low dose ritilin 2x per day  for a 2 week trial to see how he does.  THis is an extended release pill. I have just heard horror stories about ritilin . He tells me if this doesn't work then we'll switch meds or up the dose. I just wanted opinions on how ritilin now days is ..I'm sure they have changed it from back in the day.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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As of right now he is not on any adhd med - just was diagnosed.  So, you think Vyvanse is the right one to start with?

Martha - posted on 02/13/2009

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my daughters have had great results with adderall. however we struggled at the waning time of day. So we switched to Vyvanse. It has been awesome.  It is slow-release and seems to last a wee bit longer. We've done several different meds and lots of adjusting dosages over the years.  I think going to Ritalin AC would be a step backword--I'd try adjusting time taken, amount taken, etc. before I'd take Ritalin.

Martha - posted on 02/13/2009

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my daughters have had great results with adderall. however we struggled at the waning time of day. So we switched to Vyvanse. It has been awesome.  It is slow-release and seems to last a wee bit longer. We've done several different meds and lots of adjusting dosages over the years.  I think going to Ritalin AC would be a step backword--I'd try adjusting time taken, amount taken, etc. before I'd take Ritalin.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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We have tried charts, stickers, dietary changes, rewards, consequences - everything you can think of.  It was actually ritalin LA that he was prescribed - Thank you all for the input, it has helped a lot - I'm concerned for his self esteem - if he's constantly being yelled at and in trouble that can't be good.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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We have tried charts, stickers, dietary changes, rewards, consequences - everything you can think of.  It was actually ritalin LA that he was prescribed - Thank you all for the input, it has helped a lot - I'm concerned for his self esteem - if he's constantly being yelled at and in trouble that can't be good.

Jennifer - posted on 02/13/2009

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We have tried charts, stickers, dietary changes, rewards, consequences - everything you can think of.  It was actually ritalin LA that he was prescribed - Thank you all for the input, it has helped a lot - I'm concerned for his self esteem - if he's constantly being yelled at and in trouble that can't be good.

Jo - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a 12yr old daughter who STARTED on Ritalin. I had tried EVERYTHING before that, coffee, sugar, EVERYTHING. It just didn't seem to work. Ritalin and is's derivatives seem to work best FOR HER. She is now thaking Concerta 2x a day and that seems to work. She also goes to a behavioral theaprist and I am like RABID DOG with the schools. I have always been on THEM to take THEIR part of my childs life as seriously as I do. So often kids get lost in the system. Try charting, calendars with stickers, rewards for good progress, etc. A combination of ALL of these things work for her. She DOES ALSO have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiance and mild depression. The BEST thing that you CAN do is support your child and let them know that it IS just a "short circuit" and NOT their fault. Keep up with the POSITIVE, as HARD as that can be. It's NOT easy, but your child will be so much better for YOUR knowledge AND complete involvement. Even if you have a partner that disagrees with you about your child, you need to stand with your child because ultimately, you know what DOES work for them. Sorry it was so long, I kinda rant about this subject though.

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son was on Ritalin before his current med. It did not work. You need to ask the dr why he is recommending Ritalin instead of some of the other meds. There are quite a few out there that are better than ritalin in my opinion. I mean what doesnt work for some children will work for others. Do all the research you can on all the meds. Then when you go to the dr have it with you and talk to them. Thats what we had to do and we are happy that we did. We found the right med for our son to take and he is doing great. It brought his grades up and helped him to finally make some friends instead of enemies.

Allison - posted on 02/12/2009

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It really depends on your childs chemistry.  Adderall is ritalin in combination with something else.  I have 3 extremely ADHD boys who have tried various meds.     My husband was on ritalin his entire childhood, took himself off at 18, and spent years, I mean years trying to learn relationships in general.   I realize the new ritalins have made progress, but there are so many other options out there, just talk to you doc,  try to keep a log of when meds are working well, and when they really are not.  Really do your research online then consult with the doc again.     



 



Allison,



Mom of 5 adopted special needs angels

Charlotte - posted on 02/12/2009

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hi my son used to take ritalin and he was absolutley fine on it, progressed very well at school with it  :-) he didnt get on with the slow releaser type (equaysym!!) tho as it gave him the shakes, never heard of adderal so cant comment on comparison



hope this helps



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Rose - posted on 02/12/2009

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hi there,  my youngest son was on Ritalin when he was young (he is 23 now).  we relly didn't seem to notice that it helped.  when he started to act up realy bad,  we would ask him if he wanted to sit and have coffee with us.  It seemed that the caffine helped slow him down better than the medication was.  When he was around 12 he finally asked us why he was a bad boy all the time and we explained it to him like there was a short circuit in his brain and all he had to do was when he felt that he was doing something he shouldn't do to come and ask us what he could do to help.  Alot of the time  all we had to tell him was that he was already helping himself by coming to us.  Take a deep breath,  it will improve,  the best medication for this we found was love and understanding.  I hope ths may help you a bit.  Best of luck.

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