Q about 6 year odl and med options

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Q about 6 year odl and med options
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 8:16pm


I am no novice to Adhd. My oldest (10 is ASD/Adhd?Bipolar/Anxiety. However my 2nd ds (6-Aspergers/ADD) is why I'm here.

He is night and day from his brother. While my 10 year old is heavy on the H, my year old is more inattentive, airy fairy. It's finally affecting school enough that when I raised meds at his IEP meeting last week no one poo pooed and talked my down, lol.

We tried vyvanse last summer but even the lowest dose zonked him out so much he slept all day. His brother had been on ritilin (caused a fog and absent seizures), Adderall, (ok for a while but then caused irritability) and is now doing great on focalin XR.

We see the pdoc in 2 weeks and I want to have a better idea of what can be offered. Bear in mind he is almost 7, 43 lbs soaking wet, (eats all the time though).


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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 04-26-2010 - 8:55pm

Hi, and welcome

As you probably know meds are dosed by symptoms, and not weight. Also meds that work for one kid, may not work for another.

That said, DD has ADHD/Innattentive, and she does really well on Concerta.

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
Tue, 04-27-2010 - 9:21am

What do you mean by, what can be offered? All the standard ones can, as far as I've seen. We started with Concerta at age 7--my kid is also on the inattentive side--worked great until we maxed the dosage a few years later, now he takes Focalin XR.

Alas, you know the drill, different kids, different med responses. You'd think this stuff might be predictable, but noooooo....