Has anyone tried methylphenidate (medikinet) ?

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my daughter is starting medikinet in the morning ,she is 9 and recently diagnosed adhd hyperactive impulsive . I would like to know other childrens response to it :)

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Jo Ann - posted on 09/04/2012

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Methylphenidate is generic for Concerta. When my son started it a couple of years ago, it was too good to be true! We had tried for 3 years to get everyone on the same page and realize our son needed something. Despite all the reports home, "He had a bad day," we knew our kid was inside screaming for help. Finally we got his teachers and his pediatrician to realize he needed SOMETHING. When he first started taking Concerta, we didn't tell his teachers. Two weeks later, I saw them and they commented on how drastically his behavior had changed, so I smiled and said, "He's been taking Concerta for 2 weeks." They looked at each other and said, "Didn't I tell you I thought he was on medication!" That month he was selected as the Terrific Kid for his grade level. That bumper sticker still has a prominent place on the back of MY car. I took three years to "get it" so you can bet I am "The Proud Parent of a TERRIFIC KID"! He couldn't have achieved that without Concerta (Methylphenidate).

Donna - posted on 04/05/2012

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I would like to encourage you to take a few weeks to check this drug out. If you child is ADHD as my grandson was, we found that changing his diet and giving as much sun light as possible changed and modified his outbursts. I first would have to ask what type of behavior or you seeing that constitutes she drug. This is Ritalin I hope you know. Try this diet and see if you don't see a change before you do it. Try a glutin free diet as much as you can, good to a glcemic diet, schedule her 6-8 small meals aday. Lots of fruit, vegatables and cut way back on red meats. not more than 2-3 meals a week and less if you can of red meat. No proccessed foods like packaged foods. Make things from scratch if you can. If you can't and this is a time restraint thing get someone in your community to do it for you and trade off something for it. Many of the problems seen in children today are caused from processed foods. Send a good snack to school for 2 meals and if they are doing much meat and process foods at school then send her lunch with a fruit and veg tray.Watch Juices with sugars and don't give punches or mixed juices.Water is the best if possible. This is a drastic change we had to make and we took the medication off completely after several years of giving it to him with little avail except sleepness and zomieism at most afternoons and mornings. Onece you do this thier appetites will improve and you will see a great difference in your child. This is not an over night thing so over a holiday like spring break and christmas is the best time to introduce this change. You will have some resistance but when your child starts feeling better he or she will want the things you are offering. Good luck and please seek a natural treatment site before you do this.

Jennifer - posted on 03/13/2009

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hey there! I have 2 boys ages 12 and 10..... Both of them were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD about 2 years ago. We have been on different meds the whole time.We tried the Methylphenidate ER but it had virtually no effect and it wore off in about 4 hours! We had sleepless nights and terrible in school as far as grades and non participation! If you can get the right dosage i guess Medikinet could be ok, Every child is different with these types of meds but I can tell you that for about 2 months now we have been on Ritalin  in the morning and Ritalin SR in the afternoon. This has been a savior for us. It was so pleasing to actually get a GOOD note home from teachers and them telling me how wonderful it was to have my child in their class!! the only side effects we are having is a headache but the dr. strongly recommends Advil Liqui-gels!! It has worked miracles for us. It took a couple tries to find the correct dosing, if it was too much it made the boys sleepy and if it wasnt enough it was like they hadnt taken anything but so far it has been great, even socially with other kids. I have noticed more conversations with fellow classmates and so on! Good Luck to you and I hope that you will find comfort because it is extremely hard on parents as well as the child to deal with this disorder!

Jillian Johnson - posted on 10/20/2012

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We just started it today...tried it on the weekend incase he gets sick. It helped him look my boyfriend in the eye while speaking to him. We are going to worry about his appetite but have some pediasure on hand to try to help that.

Tracy - posted on 10/12/2012

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Yes my son is 8 and he has been on methylphenidate since this august. it works good, although one time a year the dr will request a blood test and ekg. my son doesnt mind taking it,

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Tracy - posted on 02/10/2016

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My son was taken off Adderall. It caused weight gain. So if your child is on it, be careful. He is on a new med called Strattera. This one helps him focus alot better.

Guerrerodeanna81 - posted on 04/28/2014

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When my son was 4 I knew there was something wrong. He is extremely hyper, very aggressive,stutters at times,and I am now being told that he may have a speech problem. After years of trying to get his pediatricians to realize that there is something wrong with my baby boy, and just being questioned on why I thought that there is something wrong with him, finally now, at 8 years of age, there are finally listening to me. The day of his appointment all we did was sit in the lobby waiting to be called, the nurse calls his name, we get to the nurse and she looks in his chart and says "He's here for evaluation for ADHD, right?" I say "Yes" the nurse says "Oh yeah, I was just watching him from back here and , oh yeah, he is definitely ADHD!" I just said in my head, "Thank You God, someone else finally see's it too!!!" LOL :-D Doctor said the exact same. What a relief, now I can get my baby boy the help he needs. So, eventually he did get started on Methylphenidate 5 mg two times a day. Those didn't do a thing for my boy. So we made another appointment in a month after seeing that it didn't do anything for him. So, it was upped to 18 mg, and let me tell you, although he is still just a bit hyper, and still aggressive at times, it is working. I don't want to put my boy on too high of a dose. All I can say is, Thank You God!!! I am no longer locking myself in my room, and my depression is not so bad. God Bless all you women and men who have a child with similar disabilities. And may God Bless our children with disabilities. #ProudMommyOf5

Vicky - posted on 09/02/2012

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My son has just been diagnosed with ADHD, we go back to the consultant in a few days and he will be given Medikinet. We really hope this works!!

I have reservations of course but am so looking forward to positive results so that we can enjoy family life.

My son starts beck to school in a couple of days and is dreading it...this is making his outbursts even more unpredictable!!

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well, medikinet has not been too bad. the first day she talked constantly but the next day she was better, but did have a headache that moved from front to back if she moved her head, they seemed to have settled now.

it does wear off quickly though and has been told she can have a third tablet if needed,

she doesnt snack on biscuits anymore but does eat her meals, so not sure if her weight has been affected? there is a definate improvement in behaviour but gets weepy more easily a lately...home life is alot better with medikinet...hope it lasts

Linda - posted on 03/13/2009

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hi..both my son's 11 and 14...have ADHD...my youngest not only has the ADHD but her also has ODD, OCD, rage disorder and bi-polar...my hands are completely full with the outbursts between my son's and their dad (whom is bi-polar, ADHD, OCD)...never a dull moment in my house thats for sure...my boys have been on everything from ritalin to concerta...methylphenidate gave both my son's headaches out of this world...they both were diagnosed at the age of 2 with ADHD....one right after the other...not until my youngest turned 7 did he get diagnosed with the rest....each medication reacts differantely with differant children...good luck with medikinet...

Sharon - posted on 03/11/2009

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Yes, my 14 year old son is on Medikinet.  He was put on it about 6 months ago because in the UK they dont have Ritalin La which is what he was on in australia.  Medikinet is working well for him but its the system that we are fighting against.  All they want to do is put him into a special school with 'undesirables' which will just make him worse.  My son works well in good situations and at the moment his schooling situation couldnt be any worse.

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well, medikinet has not been too bad. the first day she talked constantly but the next day she was better, but did have a headache that moved from front to back if she moved her head, they seemed to have settled now.

it does wear off quickly though and has been told she can have a third tablet if needed,

she doesnt snack on biscuits anymore but does eat her meals, so not sure if her weight has been affected? there is a definate improvement in behaviour but gets weepy more easily a lately...home life is alot better with medikinet...hope it lasts

Linda - posted on 03/13/2009

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hi..both my son's 11 and 14...have ADHD...my youngest not only has the ADHD but her also has ODD, OCD, rage disorder and bi-polar...my hands are completely full with the outbursts between my son's and their dad (whom is bi-polar, ADHD, OCD)...never a dull moment in my house thats for sure...my boys have been on everything from ritalin to concerta...methylphenidate gave both my son's headaches out of this world...they both were diagnosed at the age of 2 with ADHD....one right after the other...not until my youngest turned 7 did he get diagnosed with the rest....each medication reacts differantely with differant children...good luck with medikinet...

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