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A question about ADHD

Posted by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM
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My DD (6) was diagnosed with ADHD a year ago. I chose not to medicate her for it at the time but after 2 bad report cards and her teacher coming to me about how DD was having a tough time focusing, staying on task and sitting still in class, I changed my mind. 

The Dr. started her out on 18mg of Concerta and she really did well on it. Her teacher was really impressed with her improvements and all was well for awhile. After about 3 months it seemed the medication wasn't working so the Dr. decided to up her dose to 27mg. Now about 4 months later it seems that it's not working as well again. She has an appointment next week and I'm thinking they might up her medication again. 

I was wondering about other kids with ADHD that are medicated, has your child had to have their medication changed like this? Has it seemed to not work after awhile? Are they on Concerta or something different? I'm just wondering if this is normal. 

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coolmommy2x
by Ruby Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Unfortunately it can take awhile to find the right med and dosage. What you are experiencing is very normal.
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silverdawn99
by Jamie on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:15 PM

i took my son to the pyscharist because they are more able to prescribe medications for stuff like that and they seem to understand them better

you might need a med change. unfortuantely with adhd and add its a trial and error

my son was on two other meds before this one

ladyraven16
by Platinum Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Yep my son went from 5mg a day to 25 in just 4mo but we seem to have leveled off for now.
robbinsroost
by Silver Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:19 PM

No help here. We don't medicate. We got our DS a 504 in place so the school has to provide modifications for him. It helps, but does not solve all his problems.

Its.Me.Mama
by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

With my dd we used medidate... I too did not like the idea of medicating her... I did alot of research and decided to only medicate her on school days.  Our pedi agreed to this... this way she had time to learn to self control as well.  After 2 years we stopped the meds and she does very well in school but when she gets home its like a top being released.  If we get to the point where a teachers says she needs it we will put her back on it but as of yet he have not needed too.

Vsoul0608
by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:21 PM

DD sees a behavioral specialist that was recommended by my Pedi. She's really helped me a lot with how to handle a child with ADHD. She evaluated DD is three different situations/surroundings (dr office, home and school) before diagnosing her. I was just curious if changing meds in the norm for ADHD, this is my first experience with any of this. 


Quoting silverdawn99:

i took my son to the pyscharist because they are more able to prescribe medications for stuff like that and they seem to understand them better

you might need a med change. unfortuantely with adhd and add its a trial and error

my son was on two other meds before this one



silverdawn99
by Jamie on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

my son was diagnosed at age 6

he is add with depression/anxiety

as their bodies changes and grows the medicine wont react the same. we had a great med strattera at 10 mg. i noticed it wasnt working as well so we went to 18mg but then he had nightmares stomach aches *all side effects* so we ended up doing 10 mg one day and 18 the next

but then it wasnt working as well so the psych put him on adderall *big mistake for him* made him really impulsive and other stuff

now he is on intuniv and prozac and they are helping well

Quoting Vsoul0608:

DD sees a behavioral specialist that was recommended by my Pedi. She's really helped me a lot with how to handle a child with ADHD. She evaluated DD is three different situations/surroundings (dr office, home and school) before diagnosing her. I was just curious if changing meds in the norm for ADHD, this is my first experience with any of this. 


Quoting silverdawn99:

i took my son to the pyscharist because they are more able to prescribe medications for stuff like that and they seem to understand them better

you might need a med change. unfortuantely with adhd and add its a trial and error

my son was on two other meds before this one




Vsoul0608
by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM


I'm hoping we get to a point where she doesn't need the medication too. I don't think we're there yet though. My main concern right now is that she takes her meds at 7am and by about noon it seems to have worn off. She can't focus on one task for more than a few minutes, she can't sit still, and she's just off the wall. She will be starting 1st grade next month and she will be in school all day (as opposed to half day like last year) and I have concerns that her meds will wear off half way through the day and she'll have a tough time paying attention and getting her work done. She got picked on a bit last year because she required so much one on one attention from the teacher to keep her on task (before the meds) Other kids were calling her stupid and etc. I don't want her to have to go through that again. :(

Quoting Its.Me.Mama:

With my dd we used medidate... I too did not like the idea of medicating her... I did alot of research and decided to only medicate her on school days.  Our pedi agreed to this... this way she had time to learn to self control as well.  After 2 years we stopped the meds and she does very well in school but when she gets home its like a top being released.  If we get to the point where a teachers says she needs it we will put her back on it but as of yet he have not needed too.



Vsoul0608
by on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM


DD was 5 (almost 6) when she was diagnosed with ADHD. The Dr. told me in the beginning that we could go with Concerta or Adderall. I did some research on both and decided to go with the Concerta because it seemed more kids had a positive reaction to it. I'm sorta concerened that if the Concerta doesn't seem to be helping anymore that the Dr. might suggest switching to Adderall and I don't know if I'm comfortable with that. The Dr. did mention once before that if the Concerta seemed to wear off early in the afternoon that we could do 5mg of Ritalin to help get through the day but it hadn't seem necessary then so maybe it will help now? I'm just so conflicted by all this, I don't like medicating her but I feel it's necessary, esp for school, it's like a constant mental battle with me. 

Quoting silverdawn99:

my son was diagnosed at age 6

he is add with depression/anxiety

as their bodies changes and grows the medicine wont react the same. we had a great med strattera at 10 mg. i noticed it wasnt working as well so we went to 18mg but then he had nightmares stomach aches *all side effects* so we ended up doing 10 mg one day and 18 the next

but then it wasnt working as well so the psych put him on adderall *big mistake for him* made him really impulsive and other stuff

now he is on intuniv and prozac and they are helping well

Quoting Vsoul0608:

DD sees a behavioral specialist that was recommended by my Pedi. She's really helped me a lot with how to handle a child with ADHD. She evaluated DD is three different situations/surroundings (dr office, home and school) before diagnosing her. I was just curious if changing meds in the norm for ADHD, this is my first experience with any of this. 


Quoting silverdawn99:

i took my son to the pyscharist because they are more able to prescribe medications for stuff like that and they seem to understand them better

you might need a med change. unfortuantely with adhd and add its a trial and error

my son was on two other meds before this one






Rachael-Dawn
by Bronze Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Your doctor probably needs to switch it or do a combo. My son is on focalin and has a booster of intuniv in the afternoon. Keeps his dosage pretty decent. It will take some time though. There is also a group called ADHD and Us and it's a great group. I'm in it as well.
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