Losing Weight On Concerta

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Registered: 07-03-2003
Losing Weight On Concerta
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Sat, 07-19-2003 - 9:14am
Our DS just turned 7 and he went from 48 pounds to 44 pounds during the 4 months he's been on Concerta. Has this happened to anyone else? I'm not worried - yet - he's pretty skinny, but he always has been. He is very active and loves to play sports and has been outside a lot this summer,running and playing. Plus, he has always been a picky eater.

Any suggestions? Does anyone know when the doctor starts getting worried? This Concerta is helping him so much - I want to avoid taking him off of it.

Thanks.

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 11:44am
My DS (just turned 8) also lost a few pounds on Concerta. But he was 67 or so pounds. His 26 Husky pants were suddenly WAY too husky. He was actually looking pretty good, but he's been off of it for most of the summer, and has gained back a few pounds.

I don't know how particular your doctor is. I know for my kids, it's a lot easier to get them to drink their calories - juice, soft drinks, chocolate milk - than to get them to eat them.

Karen

 


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Registered: 06-23-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 1:17pm
My DD, who just turned 9 also lost several pounds on concerta, but in her case that was a deffinate plus. the appetite supression has gradulally subsided and after about 6 months she stoped lossing weight allthough she has not gained it back.

Have you tried the ensure like products for children? They come in several flavors, and my middle girl, who is very skinny, loves them. they allso have vitamins and minerals that are good for the kids.


Annie

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Registered: 07-03-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 1:25pm
I'm going to try the chocolate milk idea - my DS is so picky - I don't see him drinking ensure - though I sure wish he would. He might do the chocolate milk, though. For breakfast, we get him to eat 2 peanut butter sandwiches - I'm going to try putting more peanut butter on them for extra calories. Maybe I'll try slipping some real butter on his rolls - if only I had this problem!

Thanks again for the advice.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sat, 07-19-2003 - 8:26pm
If you think your child might not like Ensure, one thing we always used was the Carnation Breakfast drinks. I'd buy the multi-flavor box..or milk chocolate. They really tasted just like chocolate (Or strawberry etc.) milk to my son. We aren't on Concerta anymore but when we were we did the breakfast drinks with meals, and I know my son always ate way more in the evening than during the day. I always made sure I had ice cream in the house for him too. I know some kids have to worry about weight gain, but when you're not wanting them to lose, ice cream is a good thing to have around! My son is picky at times too, it seems like if i buy something new and novel, once in awhile it makes him want to eat more. (Like the waffles we buy now have fruit loop bits in them..lol) Not necessarily my favorite choices, but he loves them. Good luck!
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Registered: 07-03-2003
Sun, 07-20-2003 - 8:38am
Yes - Ice cream is a good idea - he will eat that - I just have to make his dad stay away so there will be some left!

Thanks.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 07-20-2003 - 9:22am
Oh my gosh that sounds familiar! LOL My hubby is an ice cream lover too, though he can't have as much as he used to. He stays thin (lucky duck) but eating too much ice cream has bugged his stomach over the years.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 07-22-2003 - 12:53pm
We did the ensure thing too, and it works for my daughter. We also buy whole milk for her. The Ensure is about the only "breakfast" she'll eat.