Focalin XR Opinions?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-18-2003
Focalin XR Opinions?
7
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 3:14pm

Hello all,


I have been looking over this group for a while, we finally just got a diagnosis for our six year old son.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2009
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 2:53pm
I agree with the other parents on here that going to a Psychiatrist is preferred to a pediatrician. I have a DD with ADD and a DS with ADHD. We used to see an ADD Specialist, and after having switched to a Child Psychiatrist things have gotten so much better! Like others have said, the Psychiatrists not only understand the conditions better, but they also understand the medications better. Both of my children are on Focalin (after much trial and error on multiple other medications) and it's made a world of difference to them and me. Every child reacts differently to every med, and for us, Focalin works the best. My kids both had anxiety and weight loss problems on Concerta. From what I understand, Focalin is "cleaner" than the others. Basically means, fewer or lesser impact of side-effects. That has been our experience, but like I said, each kid reacts differently. Hope that helps. Best of luck to you! :)
Avatar for kathyjoenathan
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2003
Wed, 01-27-2010 - 2:08pm

My son is on Focalin XR 15 mg.

Kathy

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 11:39pm
Because peds are not trained in treating ADHD, Psychiatrists are. They know more about the meds, side effects, comorbids, etc.

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-18-2003
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 10:19pm

Thank you all so much.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 4:47pm
Hi, Laura.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 4:41pm

It's lovely ;}. Works great for my kid. For him, less side-effects than Concerta, ritalins (same active component), not that he had huge side-effects from those.

Do you need the usual warning about when the med wears off in the afternoon & they get all grumpy?

Oh, and like all the ritalins, if the 8 hrs isn't enough for you, you can always boost with Focalin non-extended release. But I'd guess that at age 6, you're mostly looking for school, not extended homework? We have more problems now that he's in 7th grade & the homework can last until 9 pm at night.

Hope it works for your kid!

Megan
Megan
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 01-26-2010 - 4:32pm

Hi, and welcome!


Focalin is an 8 hour med, it is similar to Ritalin and Concerta, and the Methylphenidate meds. It contains only the active Isomers, and generally can be used at a lower dose than other methylphenidate meds.


Side effects are the same as Ritalin, Concerta etc...sleeplessness, loss of appetite.


We have not used tis med in a

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