Just started meds...some questions
Hi, we finally had the appointment with the psychiatrist yesterday and he prescribed adderall xr 20mg. He said to give him 1/2 a capsule in the am for 3 days then 1 capsule each am. If it didn't last long enough, he said we could go up to a max of 2 capsules per day. One at 12 noon if he tolerates it (appetite and insomnia-wise). I probably made a mistake and gave him his 1/2 a capsule yesterday when I picked up the meds at noon time. I had a hard time measuring out what was half and I think I may have given him closer to 3/4. He was a perfect angel for about 5 hours. He even took a nap! I was amazed. Then at about 5pm he turned into a chatter box. He definitely seemed jittery. He had a hard time sleeping last night. Every time he fell asleep he said he had bad dreams. I gave him 1/2 a capsule again this am and he's been his usual self. No big improvement in behavior.
So, what do you all think about that first experience. Does it sound normal? I know stimulant drugs will hype up a kid who is not truly adhd, but it did work for a good 5 hours after he first took it. It seemed like once it wore off, it wore off hard. His doctor did say that he might have some side effects that might mask the benefits for the first few days while he adjusts to the meds.
Okay, I realize I'm babbling here...I'm just wondering if this sounds like what you all experienced.