Caffiene for ADHD?

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Registered: 09-27-2006
Caffiene for ADHD?
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Mon, 05-10-2010 - 11:26pm
I haven't been around in a while.. My dd who is 6 is ADHD she was on Ritalin LA, but I didn't like the side effects when it wears off so I stopped giving it to her.. She is not doing well in school and is going to have to repeat kindergarten because she just can't concentrate and is behind :-( The ritalin helped her concentrate, but of course because of the side effects I took her off... anyway I let her have a drink with caffiene in it and OMG It calms her down.. I have looked up some info on it and it seems to be an alternative. Because the natural stuff I was trying hasn't been doing too much. The omega 3 the black walnut.. avoiding yellow number 5 and red number 40.
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Registered: 06-10-2007
Wed, 05-12-2010 - 12:46pm
If it works then o it, but I wouldn't let her have it continuously. My 12 yo has a cup of coffee some mornings, just to get the edge off. It works for us sometimes, not always though

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 09-27-2006
Wed, 05-12-2010 - 12:31pm

hey.. I haven't tried anything else yet... We have an appointment with a psycologist on the 26th of this month to see if she has a learning disability.. I think the only thing that is a disability in her is the ADHD, because she can't sit and pay attention long enough to learn anything in a 'normal' classroom setting.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 05-11-2010 - 9:20am

Hi, welcome back!


I have used caffeine for the short term, but it is not long acting, and the more you use the more you need . Caffeine is also addictive, Meds aren't.


Why not try another med/dose? Just because one med isn't right doesn't mean they

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Tue, 05-11-2010 - 12:47am

I personally would be just as careful of alternatives as medical - the reason being they are all medical. I knew a girl (12) who overdosed on caffeine pills and almost had a heart attack - just because it is sold over the counter does not mean it is not a medicine (which it seems you realize.)

How long does the caffeine last for your daughter? I have heard that for ADD it is much shorter acting than the other medications. Also, you have to figure in tolerance - which will build up the more she takes. Short term, it may be the thing that gets her through say, state testing, a wedding or something like that. It could be very useful for those times you need her calm for a certain amount of time. I would be careful about long term with my kids...talk to doctors who know more about it than you do, and do your own research too. (As those sappy PSAs used to say "The more you know..." LOL)

Have you talked to your doctor about the side effects of the medication? From reading this board, it sounds like most families try a few medications before they find the one that works best for them. It wouldn't hurt to check back in with the doctor, even if only to get some guidelines on the caffeine (how much, how often.) Oh, and be prepared for some nasty behavior if you stop and she gets the caffeine headaches. She may not be able to tell you what is going on and may not be the nicest person while adjusting to no caffeine. (Speaking from personal experience there!)

Good luck either way...if this does work long term, let us know!

Hmmm, this may be a chance to do the Pavlov training that I read about in a book - associating the effect with a strong taste, so that the body starts to mimic the effect on its own so that you can eliminate the actual medication and just use the strong taste to produce the brain chemicals needed...I did ask if anyone else did this - apparently no one has - I listed the book name in my original post, now in the older posts file. Check it out if you want- with just using caffeine, it can't do worse than no medications at all like you are currently doing, and no need for a doctor script to get the original amount. If it doesn't work, not much is lost.

I suggest that you have your daughter evaluated for learning disability by the school if at age 6 she has to repeat a year of kinder. It may not be all concentration and early intervention can do wonders. Probably too late for this year, but put it on the table that you want it ASAP next fall.