New here and a bit overwhelmed...

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

Thank you all again for all the advice.

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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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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 - 2:00pm
Glad you got to see the child psy.
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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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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 11:32pm

Good luck with the Concerta! We haven't seen rebound on it the way our son did with Adderall, so hopefully you'll have the same results. If you find you need a booster med to get through the remainder of the day, you can add a small dosage of Ritalin. That's what our son's psychiatrist added to get him through a sports class later in the day.

Good luck!

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 10:41am

Glad you saw a Psych and hope the Concerta works.


Strattera is not a med that can be "taken in the evenings" It is NOT a booster med, and has to be taken everyday. The dose is started small, and worked up to Target.

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

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Sat, 01-23-2010 - 10:25am

Hi i'm new too!


my daughter has been just diagnosed and put on strattera she is 9 has tic disorder,adhd,and behavioral problems, she attacks me and scares me all the time, she is aggressive daily, weekends seem to be the worse! him at breaking point also and am on antidepressants, my husband her stepdad is not helping as he too flares up with rage when she does, he hates how she reacts to me. sworn at pushed kicked things thrown at me! i often just leave her to calm down, but when she hurts me i end up shouting at her not too! she was in the kitchen just now having a outburst i had to remove her for fear she would break something! so that went down well! not!


i might take up alcoholism soon!.....lol

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Wed, 01-20-2010 - 12:07pm

Just wanted to thank you all again.

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Wed, 01-13-2010 - 11:22am
Considering his age, and the med issue, I would contact a Psychiatrist for meds. They know so much more about them, and are alot better at dealing with issues.

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

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