My grandson is 7 yrs old and just started on 36mg of concerts. He has severe ADHD with behavior issues such as yelling, screaming, throwing things, fighting, and threaten others. He has been expelled for a total of 3 weeks this year alone. He has been on it for 5 days now and seems to be doing much, much better. After reading these reviews I'm really scared for him to take it, he's already skinny and has a problems going to sleep. Can anyone give me some sound advice on this? I'm so close to a bootcamp type school, this concerts maybe his last chance but not at the risk of his health. PLEASE!!!
I went through the same exact thing when my son was young. He was 7 also when he started Concerta, also 36 mg. It was a wonder drug for him but we did have problems keeping weight on him and with sleeping. The doctor gave him clonidine at night to help him sleep and I used to be sure he ate a big breakfast (before the medication began to work) and supplemented him with high protein shakes (like Ensure-he used to like the Walmart brand chocolate ones best) at night for a snack and I used to bring them to the nurse at school for him to have if he needed to or didnt like what was served for lunch. My son was the same-they were ready to kick him out of school. I had to go to a meeting with the Principal, vice principal, teacher, school psychologist etc about what we were going to do about his behavior and once he was on the medicine, he was student of the month the very next month. I hated to medicate him but looking back now, it was the best thing I could have done for him. That boy is 21 now.
barb; I agree very much with the other post, These are all very common problems that you just have to work through the best you can and talk to the doctor about your concerns. I could not even begin to say how many 7 year olds and younger that this was dispensed to the kids that need it. But the generic ensure would be a great idea he is just going to think he is getting a milkshake or treat. So you can even use it as a treat etc. And it does come in many flavors too. But this combination of medications is very common and the rewards are better for the child which is what is the most important thing. It's so hard for the kids with this condition and to feel out of place or kids treat them different.. Etc. Best of luck to you and your son. But maybe when you go in next time write down some things your concerned about and go over them with the doctor. Chuck1957
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