Should I ditch the ADD meds for my daughter?

Andrea - posted on 02/11/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been on drug trials for the last year. She's 13, a new teenager, and while we would expect some changes, the last few months have been scary. She's doing poorly in school and seems flat and unexcited. She's always been such a happy, playful kid, but we're wondering if it's the medicine. She's been on Intuniv which isn't supposed to have side effects, but I want my baby back, happy and playful, so we're thinking about dropping the meds, giving her a chance to get this stuff out of her system, and trying something else. Does anyone have experience with this and wisdom to share?

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Andrea - posted on 02/11/2014

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Thank you, Sara, it does help. It's like trying to feel your way through the darkness. It's good to know that things can improve. I am aware of the diet link, and she has developed a gluten sensitivity which may be wreaking more havoc than we realize. I am not very structured myself, so that's a tough one, but I am very clear about our expectations. I will try to be more hands on with her, and my hope is that without the meds, she'll be more vibrant. I didn't know that the meds can produce lethargy. She seems to not care anymore, and I know that's not really true . Her Doc says that's the ADD, but I wonder if it's the meds. My husband says the only way to find out is to take a break and see what changes.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2014

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I don't have personal experience with this but I am a teacher of students about your daughters age, a lot of them with ADD/ADHD both medicated and unmedicated. The biggest thing that I have seen work with my students with ADD is to be very structured and make sure they know your expectations. Last year I had a student that had just started meds after never being on them and he became so lethargic at school to where he wasn't getting anything done, the parents changed his diet, and set a strict schedule and took him off the meds, although there were still some ups and downs the student did better, but every child is different, your daughter may need some time to adjust to different meds especially if the dr is prescribing them one after another without a break.
Hope this helped

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