diagnosed at 5. Started treament at 6.Tried Adderal first- no difference
Concerta no change.Then tried the generic Ritalin..worked good at.20x3(a.very high dose for a 6 year old). After several months the manufacturer changed. At this point she began to have heart palpitations. So doc wheened her off . Recently, doc put her on.Staterra..no change. Doc said this is his last option before he sends us off to mental health. The insurance we have is limited..So we.decided to pay out of pocket for her Facolin xr5mg. Im.scared of possible side effects . Besides those heart palpitations she lost a lot of weight. It seems not too many comments spoke of females with ADHD.It seems boys have scarey.side effects.thx
Focalin XR - Should this medication be tried if her pediatrician is running out of options,or???
- 25 Jul 2013 by favoronme13
- 25 Jul 2013
- concerta, focalin, focalin xr, ritalin, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), generic, medication
I'm assuming you are speaking of a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD? I wouldnt let a pediatrician treat this. I would recommend you take your daughter to a psychiatrist. There are many behavioral issues that can mimic ADHD but dont respond to stimulants. I was told by my sons psychiatrist that if it is true ADHD you will notice a huge difference within hours of the first dose (and we did. My son was put on Concerta and within two hours I was berating myself for not putting him on meds sooner) Girls can be even more tricky to diagnose than boys. You need a specialist for this. Quit letting the pediatrician fool around. Stimulants do cause weight loss. I used to give my son high protein Ensure (well I used WalMarts Equate brand) He really liked the chocolate. Breakfast and bedtime snack every day. Breakfast is usually their best meal because the stimulant is gone from their system. Feed her, then give the med. Bed time is good because they will store the calories when they sleep and it will help keep the weight on. Our psychiatrist was wonderful! She was a LOT sharper than our pediatrician! There is no definite test to test for ADD/ADHD so you want someone who specializes in behaviors to diagnose your child. Our insurance changed and it no longer covered my sons psychiatrist and I gladly paid out of pocket for her (she worked with us to make things easier) She was worth it and my sons health was worth the extra money. She actually discovered an endocrine problem that the pediatrician missed so I will be forever grateful to her! Find yourself a good child psychiatrist. With behaviors, it is sometimes a matter of trial and error before you find the right medication but you want someone who does nothing but behavioral health (psychiatrist) and has a good back ground. A regular pediatrician doesnt have the training or expertise for this.
- Concerta Drug Information
- Focalin Drug Information
- Focalin XR Drug Information
- Ritalin Drug Information
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 6 Nov 2009 • 1 answer
Posted 2 Jun 2011 • 1 answer
Posted 6 May 2012 • 1 answer
Posted 10 Feb 2015 • 2 answers
Posted 22 Mar 2015 • 2 answers