New here and a bit overwhelmed...

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Registered: 07-10-2007
New here and a bit overwhelmed...
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Mon, 01-11-2010 - 5:45pm

Hello, I am new here.


I used to be on IVillage all the time, but then life got crazy.


Anyway, my 5 year old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD.

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 9:58am
My son had a similar reaction to the Adderall. He did really well on it for the first few days, but then he was a mad man. He was mean, didn't want to go anywhere or do anything. He also couldn't sleep at all and wouldn't eat much. We ended up switching to Daytrana which is a patch and it works much better for us. 9 out of ten days are really good for us, although we are still having occasional melt downs. I think it just comes with being a parent of a child with ADHD. We are all still learning and adjusting. It's a long process and I home it gets better for you soon.
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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 2:00pm
Glad you got to see the child psy.
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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 2:59pm

Strattera is nothing like Adderall, not even in the same med class. It is a Norephineprine reuptake inhibitor, whereas Adderall is a CNS stimulant Strat is a 24 hour med, but taking it in the evenings makes kids drowsy and helps them sleep.


They do work well together though, Concerta and Strat. DD took that combo for a while.

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

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Sun, 01-24-2010 - 3:17pm

I didn't mean that the Concerta/Strattera combination was a mix of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, but that each works differently, just like the two ingred. in Adderall, and that it's easier on the body to take at two different times at day, whereas Adderall is a very strong med. that combines two different meds and is taken once a day.

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Mon, 01-25-2010 - 11:14am

Thank you all again for all the advice.

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