Just got told my 6 yr old has ADHD. He,s on 20 mg of Vyvance.With in 2 hrs of taking it he won't stop talking. he starts a sentence and doesn't finish it because he's started talking about someting else. He gets very emotional on top of it. Its like his mind is in overdrive and his mouth can't keep up.
11 Feb 2011
I take Vyvanse 70mg once a day, and it makes me feel calm and focused. There are multiple types of ADHD medication, and some are just better suited for a person's personal chemistry than others (which is why they are designed so differently!). For example, Vyvanse is in a class known as amphetamines. While still a stimulant, Ritalin is NOT an amphetamine. Strattera is treatment for ADHD but is NOT considered a stimulant!
People who have mood disorders on top of ADHD may need to be on a non-amphetamine or non-stimulant type medication treatment. It sounds to me like your 6 year old does not respond to amphetamines very well at all and shouldn't be taking them. This is not abnormal; this is just your son's chemistry. It does not mean Vyvanse causes people who have ADHD to act that way at all. It just means Vyvanse works for people with ADHD with different chemistry and needs than your son. Does that make sense?
Make an appointment with your son's doctor and explain that you don't think amphetamines are appropriate for treating his ADHD and maybe try something less stimulating. Amphetamines are a BIG deal! They are some of the strongest type of stimulant on the market, and Vyvanse is one of the top amphetamine-type stimulants on top of that!
The idea is, you should always take the minimum dose that has the desired effect. This leads to less dependency issues and side effects. Why has your son been put on such a strong medication to begin with? Has he been on other medications first? If not, then I would wonder what the doctor is thinking going so high for the first medication!
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