Focalin

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 8:33am

Does anyone else's child take Focalin?

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Registered: 03-25-2008
In reply to: sunset5000
Thu, 02-10-2011 - 2:48pm
Our son is also very skinny, so I can relate there! Same age and just moved into size 7 jeans (but can still fit into size 5 and 6 shorts). Our son has an eating disorder, though, and we're working with his doctor on it (anxiety with food ... sigh).

Our son processed Focalin really fast, so that very well could be the case for your son. It was out of our son's system by noon and it was supposed to last well into the afternoon.

When you talk about his behavior when he's upset, is that just after the medication is wearing off or also when the medication is active?

Definitely talk about all of this with the psychiatrist. Consider bringing a list of all that you're seeing so you don't forget to mention any of it. It's all relevant to his treatment and you have some big concerns to address.

You're not alone. I think we've all gone through ups and downs trying to treat the ADHD and other conditions effectively.
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In reply to: sunset5000
Thu, 02-10-2011 - 4:20pm
When he's upset he will never give you an answer for anything accept I don't know. Today when he said that it would have been 45 minutes after taking the med. Usually when not on his med, like in the evening is when we I have the depressed, zombie-like, doesn't want to do anything child. I wish I could quit my job and shadow him at school all day. He tells school staff he hates them and that they're dumb, screams obsessively at a simple thing(hates it when ppl walk by his desk and things shift), threatens violence, all I am is "mean" to him. I feel like he lives in one big time out. Any of you feel this way? Like your constantly punishing him/her? I am very anxious about this appointment. I do not want him on a dose higher then what he's on. I'm willing to split that 20 into two 10s twice a day. I think he's better with fast acting pills a couple times a day instead of the XR. Although my theory on his body burning through it faster because he does seem to have a better metabolism then some kids is quickly shot down by doctors, i think it may be the case. And not sure I want to stick with focalin at all if that's why he has a little man in his head now! Thanks and I will keep you posted! I'm glad to see some hope and success stories!
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In reply to: sunset5000
Thu, 02-10-2011 - 4:45pm

Hi Melody,

I agree with you about maybe trying the Focalin XR 10mg 2x a day.

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In reply to: sunset5000
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 12:19am
Violent behavior is NOt normal ADHD, a re evaluation may very well show a co morbid
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Fri, 02-11-2011 - 12:45pm
Well not exactly the turn out I had hoped but a step in the right direction. He also takes guanfacine(sp) the fast acting version. She was worried about starting him on it as his bp runs on the lower side to begin with. Well she is having us try the intuniv, extended release version, over the weekend and see how he reacts. She said don't give him the focalin with it this weekend and if he seems well we are cutting out the focalin. She said she doesn't want to just stop him cold turkey but she definitely wants to get rid of the focalin for him. As for the little man on his head, she said it is not that uncommon, asked him if he's able to ignore him and he said yes, that it usually isn't a huge huge problem until "the voice" starts telling you to do harmful things and acting on it. She is going to set us up with a therapist and I asked about him becoming more hostile having anything to do with focalin and she said it is possible but only for sure way to know is to see what happens when we stop. He's never done any major physical harm to anyone but I never want to get to that point! My main concern is to get the school life under control. Thankfully our school is very cooperative and understanding and works with us. I have had to get a little bit snotty and rude and never put my "guns" away to make my points but we'll get there. I told both the school and doctor's that I am not opposed to medication/s but I will not and refuse to shove pills down his throat and say there he's better. It takes time and getting used to and more then just a medication! Thank you so much for your time, concern, and support. I don't have internet at home right now but I hope to be able to keep in touch!

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