Anyone familiar with Focalin?
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|Tue, 04-13-2010 - 12:20am|
Okay, I know that these medications affect each person differently, but still...
David is on Trileptal and Abilify, and has been for years. Lately, he's been really suffering from not being able to concentrate and focus.
The doctor has been talking for a while about putting him on something for focus, and finally prescribed Focalin. She wanted us to try him on it over the weekend, so any unpleasant side effects would be caught at home and not school. For most of the weekend, there seemed to be no reason or need to give it to him, though. And then, he started working on a project and got really frustrated with it when things were getting difficult (audio problems at the start of a Lego movie project).
I had been reading the drug info, and it says Focalin should not be given if the child is experiencing a lot of anxiety. Well, when David is troubled by not being able to stay focused on something, he experiences a ton of anxiety. The two go hand in hand.
Also, it says that it can react with other meds, and that you should tell your doctor if the kid is taking an anti-seizure medication. Well, Trileptal is an anti-seizure medication, but he takes it to control mood disorder symptoms, not seizures. Obviously the doctor knows he's on Trileptal, because she's the one who prescribes it. The thing is though, she's been known to make flaky mistakes, like the time she put his weight down wrong, or the time she mixed up his birth date with his first appointment date. Or the time she handed me an entire pad of blank prescription forms along with a prescription. So, I feel like now I really ought to verify that Focalin is safe for him.
I hate the idea of yet another medication. And this one would be taken in the afternoon, when he's not used to having to take something, so he's not real thrilled about it.
Anyway, if anyone has any stories about Focalin that you'd like to share, I'm all ears.