Attending Meds?

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Registered: 07-11-2003
Attending Meds?
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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 3:46am
Hi Hi, I have a small problem I was hoping you ladies could help me out with. Can anyone recomend a really good Attendance Enhancer? I've had lots of drs throw out different ideas, but before choosing one for Sammi, my ADHD baby, I wanted to see what you guys said. Sam's ADHD hasn't been that bad in the past but this last year it's been getting increasingly worse. She took Welbutrin (sp?) for a while but that was for her anxiety. The drs said she should have attended better with it, but she didn't. So now we're looking at puting er back on the Welbutrin (worked great for the anxiety) withthe addition of an attenance enhancer.

Any thoughts or recomendations?

TIA,

Candes

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Registered: 04-05-2003
Thu, 08-21-2003 - 9:12am
Hi Candes,

My 9 year old ds is on Luvox 50 mg and Strattera 40 mg. He has obsessive traits, panic/anxiety problems (massive), and at times impulsive anger/frustration issues. Even though Strattera is recommended for ADD/ADHD, the Strattera also helps with anxiety (quite well)and acts sorta like an anti-depressant. The best part of both of these meds is that you can adjust doses up and down depending on his anxiety level without any withdrawl symptoms, don't have to be followed so closely like ritadlyn (sp?)and there are very few side effects (he's had none)with either of these drugs. For example we have school related transition anxiety, so we up his Strattera until he goes back to school. He'll go back down when school starts.

Hope this helps

Leenie

PS Candes - I also take Strattera for my ADD and it works great on focusing and paying attention. I've never been this focused in my entire life (with an AS kid, I'm not sure that's a good thing - LOL).

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Thu, 08-21-2003 - 9:22am
Back in '99-'00, way before Tristan was dx'd, we knew something was *up* with him, and put him on a dietary supplememt of Vitamin E, GLA (evening primrose oil) and DHA (fish oil). This was called "Attention Focus for Children" put out by Nature's Way, and I'll put the link at the bottom of this message. It worked well for a little while, but as he got older, his needs got stronger and outgrew the dietary abilities. But, maybe this along with diet adjustment can help you. I know that we hope to get to a point in the future where we can go back to this again for Tristan.

http://www.naturesway.com/products_catalog/ (Nature's Way website)

http://www.vitamins-etc.com/product.asp?pid=377 (Vitamins Etc. website, that has a clear picture of the bottle)


**just my 2**

~Carrie

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 08-21-2003 - 11:47am
Gotta agree on the strattera. Of the attending meds we tried with mike is was the best.

Your family genetic make up seems a bit simialr to ours. We found that stimulant medications were not our best bet for the most part. For kids with any spectrum type tendancies, stimulants can increase anxiety, tics and such. Strattera is nice because it helps anxiety as well. We tried ritalin for 1 week with Cait with horrible results. With mike we had him on dexidrine for a while but it increased his anxiety, lost a significant amount of weight and had tics. He did attend much better though and stopped wetting himself.

Mike tried Welbutrin as well. It is supposed to increase dopamine and thus help attending. It worked a little for Mike, but it was not enough to justify medicating him for. For me, meds have to have a definite impact to keep the kids on it.

Strattera helped some as well, but also not enough. Some days he did great and some days it was like he had no meds what so ever. It seemed mostly due to his asperger's type rigidity and anxiety. We actually took him off and put him on Luvox for the anxiety which was more concerning. (only wanted to do 1 med at a time until I had a better idea of what works) I am pleased with it for rigidity and anxiety for both Cait and Mike, however, it has not helped attending. We may add an attending med if it is significant problem in school. I would probably try strattera first if I did. The doctors that had him on strattera said not to mix strattera with Luvox, but everyone else I talked to said it was fine.

Strattera can cause some mild nausea at first. Other wise it really has much less side effects than some other meds. It does need to build in the blood stream so it may take a while to notice the effects.

Renee

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Registered: 04-05-2003
Thu, 08-21-2003 - 9:34pm
We did the Luvox -solo- from Sept 2002 - June 2003 for obsessions and anxiety. It worked great, but he needed something more for the anxiety, which the Luvox wasn't totally addressing. The doctor adjusted the Luvox a couple of times finally settling on 50 mg Luvox. She added the Strattera because of its anxiety component and the combination is magical. Yes, we also have the days (transitions are and always will be a huge anxiety thing - we call transitions a category 5 hurricane - LOL because they are that horrible.) where it doesn't seem like he's taking any medication and other days, he just fine.

He's going into 4th grade (mainstream)and we lived in hell since the beginning of August until his teacher placement letter came today. He calmed down immediately and the old kid was back. Until the next transition.

Good luck,

Leenie

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Fri, 08-22-2003 - 6:15am
TY TY Ladies!! Straterra IS what the docs have been recomending, but know you me, I am clueless when it comes to meds. To me they are only a 'last resort' or for very specific conditions. But right now Sam is having a very hard time with life. She and her sister Ayla are the subjects of a custody battle that has been eeded for quite some time. Sam's problems have been getting worse as her dad's treament of her gets worse. Ayla doesn't really even notice that anything is going on, but Sam is having a really hard time of it. She's been having anxiety attacks and can no longer maintain concentration on anything for more than 30 seconds. My XH just doesn't care what he's doing to the kids. But that's a whole nother post.

Thanks for the recomendations. I'm hoping she won't need them for long. Under normal circumstances behavioral therapy works just fine for her. But things aren't normal right now. Hopefully, they will be again soon.

Thanks again,

Candes