Medications your child is on??

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Registered: 03-03-2007
Medications your child is on??
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 10:22pm

I am new to this. And by "this" i mean a child with ADHD. My son was diagnosed two weeks ago. I am curious about which medicines you all have tried. Which ones?

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 11:01pm

We have been on 4 meds, but all in the Ritalin family.
1.Metadate CD-lasted 1 day severe sleep issue, up all night
2. Regular ritalin short acting-helped symptoms but too short acting
3. Focalin XR-very good symptom relief but still not acting long enough, and booster dose of short acting didn't help that much.
4. Concerta 27mgs-just started but so far so good. no noticeable side effects, no rebound, long acting. I am very optimistic.

With the exception of Metadate CD, we have had good results with all of the medications. We are just trying to get the best coverage of symptoms throughout the day since the medication was just not lasting long enough.

Honestly, the medication has been life-changing for my son and I don't regret it one bit. Just like a diabetic needs insulin, my son needs medication for ADHD.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 10:37pm

Hi, I can give you some of the meds DD has taken, but will forget one most likely

DD was Dx'd at 6, but we didn't start meds until she was 7. She has ADHD/Innattentive type, and is now almost 13. She currently takes Concerta 27 mgs.

Adderall 10 mgs, took for 2 weeks was a nightmare, raised dose for 2 more, then stopped.

Metadate- 10 mgs, 20, 30, nothing we stopped after 3 months.

Focalin- 10 mgs, stopped due to MAJOR mood swings after 1 month

Strattera, worked extremely well, dd took it for 2 years, until she has a sudden marked weight gain( 45 lbs in 3 months). We stopped cold turkey.

Daytrana, DD was involved in the med trials and took Daytrana for over 2 years, stayed at 20 mgs after the meds trials and was our Best Med by far. We only stopped it because she was self concious of the patch on her Bum, and she is in athletics in school. The locker room is open and they shower.

ALl meds will not work for all kids, even the same dose may not work for one child for long, it depends on their chemistry and metabolism.

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.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 10:33pm

We started on Concerta (very popular), did a couple of the other ritalin derivatives, then went to Focalin XR (also popular). Concerta & Focalin XR are both, in my opinion, lovely. Side effects: sleep issues if the meds are taken too close to bedtime; appetite (somewhat), and early on, the crankies when the meds would wear off. Saw results pretty instantly--1st day/week. Start with the lowest dose & work up as needed, these are NOT dosed by weight.

Other meds people talk about alot:
Adderall, and the new deriviative of it, Vyvanse (which I can't necessarily spell...Vyvance?).

Straterra, but don't let them send you there as a starting point. Seems to not work so well for many, many kids.

That's it (unless you're in Canada, where they name things differently!). There's a whole host of 3rd tier ones, but you won't start there unless the kid has some other issue as well, and you're implying not (bipolar, aspergers, autistic spectrum, that kind of thing; oh, and, of course heart issues!).