What do your kids say about meds?

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What do your kids say about meds?
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 9:57am
DS (7½) says his medicine (Concerta 27 mg) makes him feel "weird". I hate hearing this. Says it makes his brain go slower.

Neither of us dispute the benefits. And he never balks at taking it. Sometimes asks for it (if we're taking a day off, and end up somewhere where he's having difficulty staying in control).

He is not too expressive verbally, so I haven't gotten much more than the "weird" comment. I did assure him that it doesn't make HIM weird. Not sure if that helped or not.

I guess I'm wondering if this is the best medicine or not.

Karen

 


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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 12:14pm
My son tells me his meds make his head busy, and that he can't control his bad mind and that all his good minds are attached to his good minds and if he breaks his bad mind all his minds will fall to pieces.

Figure that out, he's 4.

Elspeth

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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 12:25pm
Whenever Tyler got in trouble he would tell me that his head was going crazy and his hed made him do it. To be honest I was shocked that a 6 year old made the conenction between his thoughs and actions. Actually I though is was pretty intelligent. I have asked Tyler how he feels about is meds (now 8 yrs old) and he tells me they help him. He hasn't ever mentioned that they make him feel weird. I would be concerned that maybe the "weird" sensation is light headedness? I would talk to the doc, let them know. DO you see psych or a med doc for meds?
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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 2:39pm
Whoa - that's complicated stuff for a 4 year old. Only one 'bad mind', huh? Lots of 'good minds', though. Strange that the meds make his head busy.

Karen

 


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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 2:51pm
Bernard definitely sees the connection between meds and behavior. And that was not something I really cared for him to notice. Behavior wasn't the primary reason we started with them, and I really didn't want to hear "I can't behave without my medicine".

He says they make him calm and help him pay attention. Like I said - no disputing the benefits. Today he hasn't had any (we're out of school for Spring Break) and he is wound up like a top. He sounds like the chipmunks when he talks. When he does have them, after 30 minutes or so, he'll come up to me and say "it's working now".

At this point we are just using his pediatrician for meds - after the initial diagnosis by a psychologist. But I will mention the "weirdness" thing.

Karen

 


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Thu, 04-24-2003 - 3:07pm
I see a psych right now, but we are seeing a med specialist in 2 weeks. I think they want to approach it like bipolar/ADHD combo.

Elspeth

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 12:12am
Well, Victor is the exception to the rule. He calls it his concentration medicine. He once told me that he has thoughts flying around in his head like pterodactyl ( excuse the spelling, he's asleep right now) and that when he doesn't take the pill, he can't catch any of them...but when he takes his meds, he can hold onto his thoughts and be able to speak. Right now tho, he's telling me his meds make him tired. I think his meds are keeping him wound up too much and we may have to change meds or add something at bedtime. Who knows? It's amazing how the kids catch on to how their bodies work because they feel the difference between the medicated and not... and for them it all works together.

Alexis

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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 2:27pm
Actually, Joiner doesn't say much about his meds. Sometimes he hates taking them, but will do it. He has said that they are his anti hyper meds, LOL> He also takes anti anger meds.
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Fri, 04-25-2003 - 3:29pm
hi i am new here. My daughter is adhd and she is on adderall xr 20mg. She complains for a half an hour about taking her pill. She is very difficult to get to take her med. She started a new sleeping pill last night and she took it later than she was supposed too. She ended up having to stay home from school because she could barely stand for more than a few min. Need to make sure she takes it when she is supposed to take it so that it will were off by morning time. Hope its not to much for her to take. She complained of dry mouth this morning too, and have a belly anche and her neck hurt too. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be better. SARA
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Sat, 04-26-2003 - 9:25am
What type of sleeping med is she taking. The stiff neck can be a symptom of an antipsychotic usually rispiridol.

Hugs

Elspeth