Starting on the medication journey...

Catherine - posted on 10/26/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi there. My nearly 7 year old son has been diagnosed ADHD since the age of about 18 months... there was never any question of medicating him before the age of six, partly because I am from Europe, where that is a real rarity, and partly (mainly) because I am in principle really opposed to meds for ADHD. Or in principle I was... but things change, and having tried all the other things one can try, and seeing the continuing problems at school (very bright child who can barely read or write or do basic maths) and outside because of his extreme hyperactivity and impulsivity, I am now willing to try meds. He had a two day DISASTROUS experiment with what I believe you call Metadate in the States - horrible rebound in the evening, violent tics, no appetite and no noticeable effect on his concentration. He is now trying Strattera and this morning I gave him the first capsule of 10mg. The doctor has prescribed 10mg for one week, jumping to 20mg after one week but after all the reading I have been doing, I would prefer to make the titration very slow. I would like to talk to the doctor about keeping him on 10mg for 2 weeks or a month, and then progressing to 18mg. There is quite a lot of data about Strattera being prescribed in too high doses - the accepted thinking is that the drug is effective at 1.2 mg per kg of body weight but some studies have shown this is erroneous and that it is EQUALLY effective at 0.5 mg per kg. I would be really interested to hear of other people's experience with Strattera, particularly in terms of dosage and titration.

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Catherine - posted on 10/26/2013

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Hi. You seem not to have read my post very carefully? For me, medications are a last resort and come after having exhausted every other avenue. It is also at this stage only an experiment - nobody can know whether the benefits will significantly outweigh the side effects. If the side effects are damaging, unmanageable, of course one stops... I too was scared to death. But then I began to see that my child is being so damaged by the effects of his ADHD, socially and educationally. How can I not try something that might really help him?

Julie - posted on 10/26/2013

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I don't know anything about these drugs and would be scared to death to medicate my children. We don't know what the long term effects will be on our children. There are no human studies that can show us this. I sure hope he does not end up worse as he becomes a teenager because of this medication now. Not meaning to be so hard on you, but, have you tried any other methods? The food we put into our bodies today are a direct cause of many disorders. Have you tried changing your families diet/nutrition before? I would encourage this if not. Stay away from anything that comes out of a box or bag and eliminate gluten for a bit and see if there are any changes. Get online and try to educate yourself with foods. Good Luck

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