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Do we have to change their medication again?!?

How many times did it take before you knew it was a good medication for you child with ADHD?
And can you please list them...thank you :)

Also tell me the experience?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:56 PM on Sep. 22, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and we have not tried meds yet. we are doing play therapy and food trials. He is doing very well with us dropping artificial dyes and lessening his intake of preservatives. Meds may come into play later but we will see how this goes. He is only 6.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:58 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Just started meds in January -

    Concerta - seemed to work for about 2 weeks, and then was like she wasn't taking anything. Tried a higher dose and did not see any change.

    Vyvanse - seems to being working so far, but we have increased the dose just recently because she thinks she could do even better with just a slightly higher dose.

    We've been doing meds for less than a year, so I have no idea how long she will stay with any one medication and any one dosage. i understand that sometimes meds work for a long period of time and then become ineffective, so I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't have to go through this again in a year or two.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:05 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • We tried low dose Concerta and he got worse, then we went to the middle dose and it was like it was before he was medicated. Then we went to the highest dose, and it was like setting a bull loose in a china shop. So we decided to take him off the medication for the summer and work with dietary and other issues. He would do better I think if his bio mom would help with that. As is, he gets nothing with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving, and next to no caffeine except sparingly at home. But at mom's house, he gets a can of Mountain Dew with lunch and dinner, so those days he is especially rough. However, we were fortunate enough to have the teacher from last year carry on to the next grade and is his current teacher this year. We are conferencing now to see if it would be beneficial to try another med and we are leaning toward Vyvanase because I have heard great things about it.

    Answer by Mom1Stepmom1 at 4:12 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

  • Ritalin (until he learned to swallow a pill--about a month)
    Concerta-for about 2 years
    Vyvanse-for almost 2 years now.

    We like Vyvanse the best, less side affects. BTW, finding a med or treatment that works is a trail and error process. You may have to try 3 or 4 meds before you find one that works for your child. Every child responds to the meds and treatment differently. Just as an FYI- when kids are going through puberty it will seem like some days the meds aren't doing anything, it is from the mess of hormones the tween or teen is going through.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:52 PM on Sep. 22, 2009

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