Vyvanse? Focalen? Daytrana?

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Registered: 01-18-2006
Vyvanse? Focalen? Daytrana?
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 9:49am

Have a dd 11yo - 75 lbs - ending 5th gr - with ADHD / ODD>

These 3 meds were rec'd by the neurologist -

Starting to work with a psychia - and have a psycholo who has kids similar to my dd who've had great results with Vyvanse.

Anyone had experience with these?

I'm intrigued to push for the Vyvanse script --- Main questions:
HOW LONG does it take to see results with this one?

psychia has talked of Focalen, but hasn't decided yet. Don't know much about it.

Don't know much of Daytrana.

Anything anyone can tell me re: these? thanks! I'd desperate!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 2:00pm

Hi, they are 3 different meds, very different. They are all Stims, but the release, and the meds are not the same.

Vyvanse ,Lisdexamfetamine

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

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Registered: 03-25-2008
Thu, 04-16-2009 - 2:25pm

Our son took Focalin for a brief time, but processed it way too quickly. We only got through noon on that prescription and it was out of his system (worked fine while it was active, but way too short an active period). We much prefer Concerta, which gets us from about 8 am to 4 pm. The two medications are in the same Ritalin family.

As far as Vyvanse, definitely consider the potential side effects. Our son was on its relative Adderall and it has a reputation for causing anger (it's nicknamed Maderall for this reason) that we experienced first-hand.

There honestly isn't a right or wrong medication to try. Each child reacts differently to the various medications, so it can take a lot of trial and error to find the right one for your child. My best advice is to keep track of any side effects you note with a medication and don't hesitate one bit to call the doctor's office for advice if you're not happy with any of the side effects or just have questions. On the right medication, you should have the same child, just with more controlled energy, more focus and less aggression (if that's an issue at all).

Good luck!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2007
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 9:30am

cl-baykrismom said it all well.

My son 11, has been on both the Vyvanse and the Focalin both with disturbing outcomes. The Vyvanse was madderal for us for sure and the Focalin XR dumped too much med in the begining making him a zombie. We have never tried the patches as he is allergic to band-aids.If it were up to me I would try the patch or short acting Focalin 1st then try the long acting. Just my opinion.

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Registered: 01-18-2006
Wed, 04-22-2009 - 10:54am

We just got the Rx for Focalin yesterday & will start on it Sat!