Getting fed up with Med changes.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Getting fed up with Med changes.
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 3:02am
Hi I am new to this board, I have a 14 yr old son who is in grade 8, I have been struggling with him and the school system in regards to his progress. There has been so many cutbacks that he has not been getting the extra help he needs, so he has been struggling with school work as well as I . He has been on various meds since he was 8 yrs old, I live in a smaller city so we do not have access to a constant DR around who can change his meds. So it is frustrating, I have been reading about this stratta med I believe it is called I wonder if it is available up here in Canada. I will have to suggest this to our family DR. My son has been on Ritalin, concerta,Dex, and back on Ritalin it just does not seem to be doing anything for him at all it helps a bit I should say for maybe the first 2 hours and than it is down hill from there, he also takes Melatonin to help him settle down at night which I must say has helped him to sleep.

Just venting.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-24-2003 - 6:12am
No doubt, frustrating. There is no 'miracle drug' and all meds seem to work differently for different kids. AND, just when you find one (or a combination) that seems to work, you get lulled into a false sense of confidence because it ends up changing again ... meds lose their effectiveness and you need to adjust again. Sigh! My DS, Kevin (11) was on Concerta for about 16 months, with really good results. In Jan, it wasn't working as well, so instead of increasing the dose (he was already on 36 mg) we tried Strattera. Started at 18 mg, up to 24, then 40, then 60 ... no negative side effects, but for Kevin, it just didn't do anything. Added a small dose (18 mg) of Concerta, still nothing. Changed that to Ritalin LA, and behaviors didn't improve. We are now in the process of weaning him off Strattera (actually today will be day #1 with none) ... he's taking only the Ritalin LA in the a.m., and a small dose of Focalin in the afternoon. Jury is still out on this one, but so far, it seems to be improving.

What's amazing is 3 years ago, I was anti-meds, and had been for years. Now, I've had Kevin on all sorts of meds, different combinations, etc. It's a roller coaster ride, for sure. Not only do they build up a resistance to meds, but they are still growing and developing ... so their bodies are changing, and a med that worked yesterday may not tomorrow. It's all so confusing (and science has never been my better subject!)

Hang in there. Check out www.strattera.com for more info ... just remember that the site is put out by the drug mfg, so it's sort of biased. There are many kids that are taking this med successfully. Mine, however, wasn't one of them.

Nancy

Nancy 

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