Vyvanse vs. Concerta

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Registered: 03-08-2012
Vyvanse vs. Concerta
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 11:34am

Hi, if you have taken both Vyvanse and Concerta please fillout my survey. I am planning to put my son on one of these medications but doctors seem to be split on which one works better and I am trying to get more information about patient experiences. Thank you for your help.


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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 03-09-2012 - 12:58pm
Hi bassettt, welcome to the board! I think it's too hard in a survey to convey how my son did on either medication. My son was on Concerta and while it worked pretty well with him, he was losing a lot of weight on it. He's currently on Vyvanse, and it seems to be a good fit for him. In between we tried Focalin, but it made him a bit zoned out the first couple of hours. It's hard to tell which med was more effective for him, since we took him off of Concerta more due to the side effects. Also, my son is ADHD, inattentive, so his experience might different from a kid who is having more hyperactivity issues.

Kids react differently to the meds, it's usually a trial and error process. The nice thing about the meds is that they aren't long-lasting, so you can make changes if you don't like what you are seeing.

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Thu, 03-29-2012 - 8:20pm

I just came to this forum looking for info on what others' experiences have been.