Need recommendations on ADHD meds

Andrea - posted on 09/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




My 10 years old boy is on strattera and valcote but there's no good results, some time ago he was on ritalin but he turns agressive so I switch to strattera buy now I think we need to go back o ritalin


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Deanna - posted on 08/22/2011




I really wonder if some meds work better for boys and others for girls! Especially in the teen yrs... What is your thought on that?

Rosie - posted on 08/22/2011




i've tried so many meds, ritalin, concerta, adderall, stratterra, added tenex to them all to see if that would help without decreasing appetite.
i finally decided to take him off his meds. i won't lie it's been stressful, he is very hyper, and it's only been for the summer, i don't know how school is going to go. but he is 11 and weighs 61 lbs. 4 of those pounds he's gained since the end of may. that's sooo much more than in the last two years. he sleeps better, he eats better, and hopefully will do alright in school with a little help. so far i feel satisfied with my decision, i'm worried about those meds. they are not meant for children, they are dangerous. hopefully i can keep him off of them for good.

Andrea - posted on 09/11/2010




Thanks for all your comments, now I feel I'm not alone, there are lots of kids with ADHD and take ritalin and that's it; but there are lots which cases are a lot more complicated as my son's.

Iridescent - posted on 09/10/2010




We started my son on Neurontin, first med he's been on to treat ADHD and depression (he's 11). Behavioral therapy was no longer effective alone. It's helped a lot! It's an atypical med for ADHD and depression, usually used for bipolar (off label) use in adults so treats the ups and downs effectively. We have to be careful because my son has something wrong with his liver, so we don't want meds that will cause him harm; this is processed by the kidneys.

It does NOT help him focus. Our goals of treatment were 1 - ease the depression, 2 - decrease aggression, 3 - help him sleep at night, 4 - not effect his appetite in any way, 5 - not be metabolized by the liver.

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2010




We use Adderall xr and risperadall for my son who will be 10 in Jan. and we have had excellent results with it.

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2010




My son has been on vyvanse since April when he was diagnosed w/ ADD. It has been wonderful for him. He was having a very hard time i school and just couldnt even focus to read on page in a book or doa few math problems. After just a week on the meds he was doing full math pages and reading chapters in books. His reading level went from beginning 1st grade level to mid 2nd grade level since he could finally sit and concentrate. Dr said he only needed to take it on school days but he wats to take it 7 days a week. He tells me he just feels "norml" when he takes it. He is 7 by the way. I see a huge difference when he doesnt not take it. We were rushed this morning and forgot his pill, I feel for his teacher cause tonight he has just not been able to sit still at all! We will remember it tomorrow! LOL look in to it though, it's been great for my son.

Victoria - posted on 09/10/2010




Hello,My son has ADHD,OCD,and a Mood Disorder so i know how you feel,I strongly reccommend a med called VyVance for ADHD,it is a fairly new medicine,ask u'r sons phy,or doc about it i heard about it and asked and it works wonders for my 9 yr.old i hate him having to take anything but he needs it,and he also takes Abilify at night.It keeps him pretty level,and he doesgood in school now. Hope things go well and good luck.

Andrea - posted on 09/10/2010




I've said to the doctor that I feel strattera is no working at all but as he was starting valcote, he didn't want to make more changes. Do you know if I can quit Strattera without lowering the dose little by little. By the way I live in Peru so I don't have as many meds as you all have

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I hated ritalin, sure I could concentrate but I didn't feel like myself. I was on Adderall XR for years (from 7th grade until a sophomore in college). I only took it when I went to school (which is why I'm not taking it now) so that meant only 5 days a week. I found that it worked better when I took it like that then everyday.

Keana - posted on 09/09/2010




my son takes intuniv. He was on a couple others but this is the best. Vianse made him stutter. He is only five but I would check with your doctor there are so many new meds out there for adhd

Dana - posted on 09/09/2010




My daughter was on Concerta for a while but then we had to keep increasing her dose and it would seem to work for awhile but then wasn't working as well anymore. Now we switched to the "generic" form of Adderall and that seems to be working pretty well so far and it is a lot cheaper than the Concerta was so maybe try that out my daughter is 9 something worth checking into. I hope this helps you Good luck :)

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