Question on meds

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Question on meds
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 10:56am
Okay, I'm gonna give this new format a try and hope I don't get lost on it =) My son Victor's best friend just got diagnosed ADHD as well and I was curious about the meds he got put on because I'd never heard of them before. Dextroamphetamine, isn't that just a generic form of Adderall, Ritilan, etc... or is that yet another drug I hadn't heard about? Reason I ask is Victor was diagnosed at the same hospital that this kid was, except Victor got diagnosed by a behavioralist while his friend K was diagnosed by a Primary Care Manager (PCM). K's PCM said that they ALWAYS try Dextroamphetamine first, then Ritilan THEN adderall, but Vic was put on Adderall first. It's more curiousity than anything. Adderall is working for us, so I will NOT change him until it's not working for us anymore. Okay, I'm rambling now. LOL. Any and all answers welcomed.. Thanks in advance.

Alexis

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 11:26am
When my son was first put on Adderall I asked the pharmicist if there was a gernaric due to it's high cost and I was told no, they don't make a gernaraic. I was also told by my pedatrican that Adderall is now given first because it's a 12 hour drug and children don't have to take a dose at school. I'm new at this too, no expert just passing on what I learned. I am going to ask about Strattera, have you heard of it? It is NOT a stimulant, not listed as a Controlled Subtance. I give my son Adderall about three times a week, test days etc. I don't like the side affects, no appetite, hyper when it wears off. I started subscribing to a magazine called ADDitude it is very informative, thier website is www.additudemag.com check it out.
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In reply to: toryanna
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:48pm
We first tried Adderrall (6-hour type, Not the 12-hour variety), and there *is* a generic for that. We didn't like it becasue it caused my daughter to be too emotional, cry, and we had a horrible rebound effect in the afternoon even with a second dose. Now she is doing much better with Concerta (which is a patented sustained release form of the same medication as Ritalin).

- Wendy

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:26am
Hi Lynn1513,

My son is 16 and was just recently diagnosed with ADHD and his doc just prescribed him Strattera. However he has only been on it a few days but I do like the fact that it is NOT a controlled substance due to the fact that he just got out of rehab for drug addiction. So far tho, it seems to be working and I am noticing that he is much more able to concentrate. I will post later when he has been on it for awhile to let you know what more I think about it.