We discussed medication and know that he whould need a non-stimulant drug. What type of ADHD medications are there and what are the difference ie, side effects?
There are some non-amphetamine type drugs that are fairly new fortunately. One is called Straterra but he may not even had ADHD at all, They said my brother had that, He stopped taking Concerta which contains amphetamines and was the same, They like diagnosing younger kids that fall behind in school with ADHD so they can feed them stimulants so they can focus and catch up it seems to me. I can't remember the other off the top of my head. But if he gets seizures, definitely avoid the real stimulants. They are all amphetamine based. Don't use Methylphenidate, Methylin (Ritalin), Dexedrine, Adderall, Vyvanse, anything when you look at the ingredients it will show a stimulant, there's even a 5mg methamphetamine one which is ridiculous.
I would advise you have him seen by a psychiatrist that specializes in ADHD like an educational psychiatrist, to be sure he really has ADHD. Many different problems can have the same symptoms as ADHD so it is important to get a good diagnosis. There are a few non-stimulant drugs available. The FDA has just approved Guanfacine for the treatment of ADHD and it is a non-stimulant that has been shown to be very effective. The long acting type is called Intuniv. Wellbutrin and some of the tricyclic antidepressants have been shown to work well for some ADHD cases. Do research on your own too. A parents input and observation is very important so arm yourself with the knowledge of what to look for. His teachers should be included in his evaluation too-my sons Dr sent a questionaire for his teacher to fill out when he was diagnosed, along with our input, and then observation on the part of the psychiatrist as well. Many of the symptoms of ADHD are just normal childhood behaviors but in ADHD kids they are intensified to the point of being detrimental to the childs development and education. With my son, he was showing behaviors that may have been appropriate if he were 3 y/o when he was 7 y/o, as far as impulsitivity and attention. If it is truly ADHD, many times you will see a difference in your child right away when you medicate. I knew within a few hours of my sons taking his first dose of medication but my son was able to take Concerta. The difference was immediate! With some of the tricyclics and non-stimulant meds it may take a little longer to see improvement. ADHD also tends to run in families. Do any other members of your family show symptoms of ADHD? ADHD has been around forever, it has just more recently begun to be diagnosed properly. I know a lot of kids that were labeled "problem kids" when I was growing up that I'm sure were ADHD kids. My father is ADHD and so was his mother. I have signs of it myself. Every report card I have says I am not working to my potential, if I would just apply myself I would do so much better, that I talked excessively, that I daydreamed excessively-all ADD symptoms! So learn as much as you can about ADHD and look into your family history to see if signs are there in the family. The CHADD website has excellent info. (Children and Adults with ADD) Hope this helps you some!
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