Would like a little input re: Meds - (m)

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Would like a little input re: Meds - (m)
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Sun, 06-01-2003 - 12:26pm
My 5.75 son was originally dx ADHD this past yr which we thought was right on considering how hyper he's been since almost birth - I had always referred to him as "Spirited" until he was dx.... then we tried Adderall and the rages increased 4 fold... we stopped the adderall - switched him to Strattera which helped some - he's doing the work at school but still VERY figgety and defiant.... And he was still raging a bit so when I did my research and saw the markers for bipolar I talked to pdoc armed w/info including that DH was dx BP in March and we put him on Trileptal (mood stabilizer) and he's been doing much more wonderful - he's lighter, happier and almost NOOO rages... but still we fight the hyperness.... I want to switch him back to a stimulant or add one into the works but wanted to get input from others in same boat... I know a few of you ladies have children w/BP issues as well as the ADHD... I was thinking of Concerta as I have read alot of info on it, and while you can't medicate ODD which is another aspect of Deven, I read that often the defiance is very much minimized on Concerta so I thought we could try it... Any experience, insight or thoughts are more then welcomed... I rambled a bit here (keep getting interrupted) so if there is something else you need to know/want to ask please do...

Angel

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Mon, 06-02-2003 - 6:32am
No personal experience with Adderall, but I've heard a lot of stories where Adderall XR actually increased aggression. My DS (ADHD/ODD) was on Concerta for 15-16 months, and this did, as you said, reduce (eliminate) the aggression and rages while allowing him to concentrate/focus in school. It was our miracle drug, and the only thing that worked for us for any length of time. He was on Strattera since the beginning of the year, without much luck, and we've weaned him off ... and now it's a combination of Ritalin LA and Focalin ... but we're not having the success we did on the Concerta. It doesn't work the same for all kids, none of these meds do, but in our experience, Concerta was the best thing that worked on BOTh the ADHD and ODD behaviors.

Nancy

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Mon, 06-02-2003 - 9:18am
My son is 4.5 and has BP/ADHD also and cannot take any stimulants whatsoever. He takes a combination of depakote and seroquel. I can see a drastic improvement on the seroquel. The depakote he has just started and won't even be working yet.

Hyperactivity is not as big an issue as before, neither is focusing but...the problems do still exist. We are hoping that as the depakote starts to work he will become more leveled out with time

Elspeth

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Mon, 06-02-2003 - 3:00pm
Same situation here. My son raged while on Ritalin, raged while on Dexedrine, was hyper when he took Adderall & Adderall XR. We are now trying strattera, which is not a stimulant. So far so good, he has teken it for about a week now. Actually we have had 4 good days in a row. At least I know it wont make him rage, he would have done that by now.