Well just got the first presc for Nic to try him on Ridilan.
LOL, Lainie, it's spelled Ritalin. :) My bff's son is on the generic (she is on it too actually) and she says it helps her son pretty well except he has problems sleeping at night. He gets 2 doses per day so they are playing around with when to give each dose.
I have been debating about trying out a medication called Tenex for Ryland. His behavioral pediatrician recommended it last year and it is not a stimulant. It is a medication used to lower blood pressure but has been shown to help with ADHD and Tourettes. I have not done any research on it yet.
Also, the American Heart Association recommends that children starting a stimulant medication have an electrocardiogram before starting the medication and periodically thereafter. Here is the link:
lol thanks for the spelling help.
Hmmm, this can be hit and miss, especially when generic. It was Liam's first adhd med and it zonked him out, causing absent seizures.
What will you insurance cover? Focalin, Daytrana, Concerta, Vyvanse etc? Certainly try the ritalin, but give it a week. Liam was comatose on it for the first few days and then it started to help, then the seizures began. My cousin (ASD-23yrs old) has been on straight ritalin since he was 12 and it's a huge help for him. Each kiddo is different.
Trial and error darlin'
Noah takes Concerta every morning, but he takes a "booster dose" of Ritalin in the afternoon, to help get him through homework (since he frequently has 3-4 hours of it a night). We've seen no ill side effects, other than the sleeping, but honestly, it's really been a minor issue. He's thin too, always has been, but nothing "frightening"- in my opinion.
I used to cringe at the thought of Ritalin, because of the stigma attached to it, but honestly, it's been around for years and years, and is probably the stimulant with the most research to back up its efficacy, side effects, etc.
I guess my point is, don't get too freaked out about it. It is probably the "least scary" of the stimulant options, IMHO.
Amy-can I "Like" your reply or is there copyright infringement;)
You know Amy you do bring up a good point about the cringing about Ritalin.... I remember my older sister was actually dx'd with Dyslexia and ADHD when she was little by a team of Doctors that were famous, at a famous hospital
I saw this study today and thought of your post.
Thanks for posting that lr!
Well it's been about a week and so far I can't tell if it has helped his concentration and focus. Sometimes I think it has and then other times I am not positive it's the medicine. He is still on the lowest dose though, so I might up it tomorrow, which the Doctor said I could.
He does seem to be more ramped up at times though. My dh saw it this weekend (it usually is out of his system by the time he gets home during the week) and made a comment about it. He feels it makes him worse and I do see that the things he does, (movements and verbal stims/tics) seem to have gone up a level. But then again it might just be me. I am taking notes every day and keeping my eye on it. I think I might see what happens when I up the dose. He has been hopping more though, which is funny as I didn't notice but my son told me he noticed. Especially when he went to his electives at the home school last week (they all go for 3 hours on fridays) and thats when he hopped more. But then there's alot of kids there, they are doing music and thats exciting to him.
Anyway I will all let you know what I do. I have been told to hang in there and give it a good shot, so we shall see.