advice?

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Registered: 05-03-2003
advice?
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Thu, 07-24-2003 - 9:10am
Hi, I have not posted in awhile, but would like some advice. My 6.5 year old ds has been doing well on meds until recently. He is on 20mg of adderall xr. It only seems to last about 6 hours and the before and after is not pretty. Very very emotional. We had an appt with the doc who does not want to change his meds untol after school starts and his new teacher observes him and fills out the paperwork. I asked him if we could do it now so he would possibly be ready for 2nd grade and he refused. So in the meantime our social life as afamily will be limited because of his instablility at this point. I just wanted to know what you all think of this. Do you think he is being unreasonable or do your docs do the same kind of thing? Thanks for all of your help!!!
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Registered: 08-26-2000
In reply to: maybell2000
Thu, 07-24-2003 - 9:49am
Our doctor is very much go-with-the-flow. He always asks how things are going (if we are in there for something else). Sometimes he just gives advice, but sometimes he will alter the prescription. He relies a lot on what parents have to say and what they think their needs are. But I guess it takes all kinds....

Karen

 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: maybell2000
Thu, 07-24-2003 - 11:52am
My son's doctors have always valued my input on his reactions to different meds, and I must say that I completely agree with your idea about getting him stabilized before school starts. My son cannot take Adderall - it makes him very nasty and he had an awful rebound reaction when it wore off. I would insist on a change if I were in your position - we know what works for our kids and what doesn't.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: maybell2000
Thu, 07-24-2003 - 12:26pm
I think the doctor is absolutely being unreasonable. Your son's whole life is affected by ADHD, not just school. This is not working NOW. Even if it did work for school, he needs to be able to function in AND ENJOY a home life too.

~Jodi

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Registered: 05-03-2003
In reply to: maybell2000
Thu, 07-24-2003 - 2:55pm
Thanks for all of your responses! I am thinking about switching docs alyhough I am not sure if that is like starting all over again. What med do you give your child now and has it been effective? Thanks!
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: maybell2000
Fri, 07-25-2003 - 11:50am
My son is on 54 mg on Concerta (fairly high dosage) and 25 mg of Zoloft. We've had to increase his Concerta several times over the last two years - but the doctor ALWAYS asks for my opinion. After all, I'm the one who lives with the child and sees him before he takes his meds, and after they wear off. She is great - I've been seeing her with my other child since before my son was even born so she has his complete history. In a situation like this, you have to be comfortable with the doctor and trust his/her care. Meds and kids are nothing to mess around with - particularly when it is your kid!! Medicating your child is difficult enough without having to argue with the doctor to get what you need. My son's doctor respects me and knows that I take a very active role in his treatment - I'm not "just the mom".
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Registered: 05-03-2003
In reply to: maybell2000
Fri, 07-25-2003 - 7:33pm
Hi, Thanks for your input. It seems that many have good luck with concerta. I will keep you informed about our progress!!