New here and need help!

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Registered: 09-09-2010
New here and need help!
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Thu, 09-09-2010 - 1:44pm
Hi, I'm new here but was wondering if anyone is or has experienced the things I am with my DS. He is 7 years old and was diagnosed a little over a year ago with ADHD. The doctor started him on Vyvanse and at first it worked wonderfully. Then my son started to get very aggressive and angry. The doctor immediately switched him to Concerta 18mg. He was moved up to 27mg, then 36 and then they added intuniv. This worked great for about 6 months and when summer started it was like the meds worked well for maybe 4 hours then he would get more active ( I thought this was strange since Concerta is suppose to work for 12 hours) He also wanted to stay home all the time and would pitch a fit when we had to go somewhere. We called the doc over the summer and he said wait til his next appointment so school would be in and he could see what the teacher thought. She told me he would come in work hard and get his work completed the around 10;30 would get more active and inattentive. That he couldn't seem to focus. And in the afternoon he had a very hard time completing work. It took him a lot longer in afternoon verses morning. We went back to doc yesterday and they upped him to 54mg Concerta and said try that for a couple of days and see if it makes a difference. Has anyone else had this problem with Concerta? I've read that it takes about 20 mins to take affect after they take it, but I have a VERY hard time getting him to get ready and brush his teeth in the morning. Any thoughts? I don't know if he needs to switch meds or what. It's day 1 of the 54mg, so I hope to see a difference soon. I can't handle the freaking out all the time. Please give me your thoughts! Struggling!!!!!!!!!!!
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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 2:19pm

Different kids have different reactions to medications. Our son processed long-acting Focalin very quickly. It was out of his system by lunch time instead of dinner dinner. The same thing may be happening with your son and Concerta.

Also, medications that work great initially can not work so great over time. We've had to make adjustments over time with our son's medication. He has done great on Concerta for a while now, but we have to keep bumping up the dosage periodically.

Don't get discouraged just yet. There are a lot of other ADHD medications out there to try if Concerta isn't the winner.

Good luck,
Michelle

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 4:21pm

Hi,and welcome



It sounds like he may be metabolizing the meds too quickly, or he needs a different med altogether.



Some meds can work wonderfully for years, and others need to be switched and changed pretty frequently. When you find the right med, you will know it....



Is he drinking Orange Juice for Breakfast? Sometimes that can cause problems, and is the reason Citrus is not recommended with meds.

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: 09-09-2010
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:00pm
Thanks guys! No, he doesn't drink Orange Juice. That's another problem I have he doesn't eat well. He had lost weight for about 9 months straight, then in June they put him on periactin at night to help with his appetite. When he went back yesterday he had gained 7 lbs since June. So, they said I could stop the periactin. I had thought maybe it was affecting the way the Concerta worked. Has anyone ever been on Periactin??
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Registered: 05-29-2006
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 5:30pm

Best of luck to you, and Hugs.

I'm sorry I am no help because i have no personal experience with this, and am just now going through ADD assessments for my son.

I have worked with ADD/ADHD children, and other mentally impaired or handicap children, and Music Therapy and OT helps a lot.

Keep being strong advocate mothers for your kids because no one else will.

~*~Debbie~*~



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