Medication Question

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 5:30pm

DS started Vyvanse last Friday, so he has been taking it a full week today.

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Sat, 09-25-2010 - 7:01pm

Intuniv is Guanfacine, a Blood Pressure med( the same one my grandma takes). it is used

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Sat, 09-25-2010 - 1:26pm

Donna - I am so happy his med is working! It is so wonderful to watch your child feel good about themselves when they can control their behavior.



I second your comment about making the decision to medicate. When my son was being diagnosed I did not want to use medication and I would cry thinking about it. It is a difficult decision but seeing all the positive changes in my son reinforces that we made the right decision.



Best of luck ~ JoAnna

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 2:33pm

Luke has had an awesome week at school, but we do notice that his meds wear off right around the time school is out.

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 7:35am
see from what I am reading ..etc...Intuniv is on the "new" side for ADHD and it does help with such issues as impulstivity and hyperactivity.

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Thu, 09-23-2010 - 12:02am

Sue - I had the same issue with my DS, not knowing if the meds were working. My DH and I would keep asking each other

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 3:58pm
A meds results are usually fairly obvious. Less behavior, impulsive and concentration issues. A med like Intuniv usually doesn't work well for any of those, since it is primarily used for sleep issues .

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Wed, 09-22-2010 - 2:26pm

OK I hope no one minds if I piggy-back off this thread with a question..concern:



How do I know if the dose is working?

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Tue, 09-21-2010 - 9:39am

I was very fortunate in that my sons meds worked perfectly for them with the first dose prescribed. Often, though, it's...well, not a guessing game, but...it needs to be fine-tuned. You have to dial it in and get it right.

At the same time, even though you might see an instant improvement, or not see any improvement at all, to see the full effects of the dose takes time. As a general rule, with the initial prescription and each increase, our doctor has wanted to follow up in a month to see how they're doing on it. So, I would say to give it a bit more time (not necessarily a month if you feel it's not working), maybe another week or two. Also, talk to his teacher and find out how he is in class.

Also, you mention being on maternity leave. Consider that some of what he is doing might have nothing to do with the ADHD or the meds, but in fact is him reacting to the new baby. I'm thinking his wanting you to pick him up instead of going to the after school program could be that he knows you are home with the baby all day, and he's feeling a little left out.

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Fri, 09-17-2010 - 8:44am
I DO NOT have the experiece that some others do on this board...but I ahve noticed that DS was tired his first week or so when we started his medication...abt 3 weeks ago.

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Thu, 09-16-2010 - 8:37pm

Hi



Vyvanse seems to be more of an 8 hour med, although it is advertised as being of longer duration. I would speak to the Dr and have it raised, until he gets to the dose that works for him longterm. He may even need to change to another med altogether.

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

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