Questions about adderall xr side effects
||Mon, 07-28-2003 - 12:46pm
Thank you all for your responses to my question below. It really helps to talk to others going through the same thing. As per the doctor's instructions I gave ds 1/2 a capsule 3 days and today he had a full 20mg capsule. I felt a little funny about doing it because he seemed okay on the 10mg and I wonder if his dose should stay there. My question is about side effects. He had the usual difficulty falling asleep and his appetite is definitely decreased. He normally has a huge appetite and is a little husky, so I'm not too worried about a lack of appetite. One big change I have noted is his emotional status. He is normally an outgoing lively child. I consider it a personality trait seperate from his adhd symptoms which is mostly impulsivity, impatient, hyperactivity issues. Nothing upsets him and he just usually goes with the flow. The kind of thing where he doesn't recognize when someone might be teasing him, if you know what I mean, because nothing affects him emotionally. Well, what a difference on adderall xr. The other day we were at Busch Gardens and he normally goes on all the big roller coasters, no problem. This last time he refused and cried. Said he was scared. We went to the new haunted lighthouse movie exhibit they have and he freaked out. It wasn't even scary and he cried...we had to leave. Then today he was at a friend's house and someone said something mean to him and he came home and cried. He said he hated this friend and he never wanted to play with him again. This kid isn't very nice, but like I said, ds usually just brushes it off and doesn't care. Then, the icing on the cake was when his grandmother and cousin came to take him to the movies and he didn't want to go. He just wanted to stay home and play Legos by himself. Even seemed sad to go, which he did finally do.
I'm considering calling the doctor and getting 10mg capsules because that seemed to cause less emotional instability for him and definitely helped his adhd symptoms. I have a hard time breaking up the capsule and I'm not sure I'm giving him a 1/2 dose or not. I read on their website, too, to give the entire capsule since there are different acting beads in there.
Sorry this got so long. I'm just so confused and want to do the right thing.