A little help needed

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A little help needed
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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 8:08am

My daughter is 7 years old and has ADHD/inattentive. She has never had any problems with being hyper...or at least being hyper that was normal for a kid her age. We put her on concerta last year when she was going to fail kindergarden. Her older brother is ADHD/impulsive so we figured DD might be ADHD, but we waited. Now it seems that when she is off her medicine (weekends)she is out of control hyper. Not using her brain at all. Before the meds, she was not hyper like this. Is this normal?

Also, does anyone notice that concerta takes a LONG time to get into the system? It takes her about an hour before it is working. I am really thinking about switching. She is already at 36mg. Anything lower doesn't work but 5-6 hours.

Tiffini
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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 9:05am

Hi


How long has it been since she has been evalauted? What does her Psych say? I would mention this to the Psych, it may be that she needs a dose change, or a med

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

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 9:47am

An hour to get into the system sounds to me like the dosing isn't right, like coating on the outside isn't enough to help.

The hyper side: Well, my kid, when diagnosed around age 6/7, he wasn't particularly hyper, compared to others his age. Now, the hyper is more obvious. It's more about other kids having calmed down than some large change in him, I think.

Megan
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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 5:50pm
My 28yo dd has taken 36mg Concerta since she was about 16, and since day one, it has needed about an hour to get working. In HS, we ended up having her set her alarm for 5-5:30am at which time she got up, took her med and went back to bed for an hour. She has never gotten more than about 9 hours out of it, either. But she has no rebound, no temper, and while it works, it works very well. She also has regular Ritalin to use as a booster when she has to work late.
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Registered: 02-14-2007
Mon, 11-16-2009 - 7:08pm
It took an hour to get working with my son - and it only lasted 10 hours - but no side effects.

Denise

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Mon, 11-16-2009 - 10:23pm

It takes Concerta an hour to start working with our son. I give it to him 1 1/2 hours before school starts to ensure it's working well by the time he's in class.

Michelle

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Registered: 03-04-2009
Wed, 11-18-2009 - 9:55am
An hour does seem long, but everyone't metabolism is different and that must be taken into consideration. DS used to take concerta and was up to the max dose. It usually started to kick in within 45 minutes or so, but eventually it just stopped working with him We switched to Focalin XR which seemed to kick in pretty quickly but didn't last very long for an extended-release med. He needed a booster in the afternoon which got him through until about 5 or 6 pm.

jenn

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