Anyone else on Concerta?

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Registered: 05-20-2003
Anyone else on Concerta?
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 1:11pm
Hi all, I know i havent posted much on this board but I also have a son 7 who has ADHD. he is almost uncontrolable at times, Mainly when hes around his grandparents.

Anyways, I was wondering.. My son has been on Concera 18mg since begining of 1st grade, he's in 2nd grade this year, but last year we dealt with the Not sleeping very well and the not eating problems, and this year he is sleeping ok thus far but the not eating thing is back. I hate more then anything to force him to eat but i know i have to. I talked to his Dr today and he told me i could put him on a dietary supplement like ensure or Boost to help with the nutrition. Does anyone else have this problem? What do you all do to help you babys eat? The reason im worried is because last year he didnt gain any weight at all and he was off meds for the summer(boy that was fun)and he gained 5 lbs. Now hes up to 50. Finally!! But i dont want him to lose any of that weight! he is a very tall and skinny child just like his dad. My husband is 6'2 and only weighs 140-145. So i know he is just a skinny child..

Well before this post becomes a book I will leave you to your replys.

Thanks for the imput

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-03-2003
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 1:35pm
Our 7 yo DS is on Concerta, too - 18mg - and has been for about 6 months. It has helped him so much. Yes - we deal with the eating and sleeping issues. DS (too, like his dad) is just plain skinny. Very picky eater even before Concerta. I just try to give him as a big a breakfast as possibe and I do thinks like add extra butter to his rolls and stuff like that. He likes to eat peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast - so I make him a really THICK peanut butter sandwich on honey-whole-wheat bread. And, I let him have a chocolate pudding with breakfast too.

The sleeping thing - I give him his Concerta at 6:30, so it will be worn off so he can go to sleep by 9:00. That seems to be working now.

Neither the sleeping nor the eating has been to such a degree that I would even consider stopping the Concerta - we have been lucky to have been able to figure out ways around it.

Hope this helps.

- Mary

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Registered: 05-20-2003
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 3:08pm
Hi thanks for responding! My son Shawn gets his meds at about 8:00am, I really don't want to get him up any eariler then i need to, He goes to bed at 9 but lays there relaxing till 10 then finally falls asleep. which is better then nothing i guess. But with the eating we havent totally figured out what to do. He is also a very very picky eater, He hates meat of any kind and hates potatos, and stuffing blah blah he loves to eat pasta though and veggies so i make sure he eats a big breakfast, and hopefully lunch and then i make him eat all the food on his plate at dinner no matter what it is. I know thats mean of me but we are very tight on money and i cant afford to be a resturant. Im hopeing that he will like the ensure or the boost, I was told i could add a scoop of ice cream to it and he would love it! So were going to try that.. But the peanut butter idea is great! THANKS! I will look later for more responses..
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Registered: 08-26-2000
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 8:55pm
We're on Concerta - 27 mg - and also have the not sleeping thing. Wish we had a little more of the not eating thing. At the end of last school year, he was nice and slim. Off the meds over the summer, I'm sure he gained several pounds, and chunky is back. There are quite a few weight issues on both sides of the family, so it was kind of a welcome thing. Right now, he seems to eat non-stop when he is at home. 2nd grade and 65-70 pounds, here.



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