... newer drugs for ADHD, I can't remember the name off of the top of my head, but the first one I gave her was a miserable experience. She was talking a mile a minute, would cry if I told her to slow down, just not good. So, the doctor prescribed Adderall XR 10 mg to start. It did good, no crying spells, her grades went up & her attitude changed for the better. Over the past 3 years she has been raised to the 20 mg. dosage. She is now complaining of no appetite, stomach pains, but the medication helps her control her impulsive behavior. What can I do to help her? I have asked the psych, but she just answers that it will "eventually go away", but it hasn't. I hate having to give her something that causes her any type of pain, but the alternative is negative behavior, disrespect for her teachers, me & anyone in an authority position and constant hyperactivity. Any help would be appreciated!!
Hello my son was also diagnosed ADHD at age 5 but put on Ritalin at age 6. We've had no bad side effects except the no eating, but he doesn't complain of stomach aches, he just doesn't eat. (and that's bad enough), but i'm wondering if your daughter was placed on something more old fashion,, or can she go back to 10mg Adderall? I know what you mean about the behavior when they're off meds, it's like night and day. Go back to the dc because there are more meds out there to try. We tried adderall, and concerta before we found Ritalin. There's also Strattera. Good luck, and keep us posted.
I've gone thru the same with my son. He has been on Concerta at different doses since he was seven (he is 16 now). He did c/o stomach pain and it did go away after a few months but it wasnt severe. Just some mild pain and mild nausea about 20-30 min after taking. The appetite issue has always been there. Once he reached about the age of 13 I started taking him off of the Concerta on weekends and over the summer to "catch up" on his weight and growth. He just seemed to reach an age where he could behave without it but he still has difficulty with concentration and staying focused in school without. I've given him the permission to try school without the drug at this point but he chooses to still take while in school. What we did do for his appetite and weight loss-he used to drink high protein Ensure. He liked the WalMart brand of the chocolate flavor or the strawberry. I would have him drink them in the AM with breakfast and before bed as a snack to help keep his weight up. He did end up having to go on Growth Hormone but it was unrelated to the medication-both his endocrinologist and his psychiatrist have assured me it was NOT due to the medication. We had tried a few other things but the Concerta seemed to be the best. We tried Zoloft at one point which was awful! It kicked him into this crazy manic type behavior. After he tried to climb out a balcony onto a second story roof I took him off that crap real quick!! We tried Strattera too but it just didnt seem to work as well as the concerta
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