My son is 7, and I'm trying to find the right meds for him. I need advice from parents who have a child with adhd and what has worked for them. Thanks!
Hi msdana - That is something that only a good Psychiatrist can determine, once he has done a thorough battery of tests on your son & made some personal observations, as well as, objective/subjective questionnaires. My son was about the same age as yours when he began trials with medication. But, what worked for him will not necessarily work for your son. He works well with his Dexedrine, and did not work well with Ritalin, Adderall or Concerta. But, this is truly something that must be determined after testing & your babe's own trial & error process. I wish I could tell you that there was one "best" answer, but that just isn't the case. You will learn much in the process, and in addition, we provided many years of counseling for my son, as well, because I knew he had several difficulties. It all helped and he is a wonderful, college educated young man. So, I encourage you to go through the process & learn together... Good luck!
msdana, not all children are alike. some times it takes a while for the doc to find the right med and sometimes they get it right first. Its just hard to say which one is best, depends on the child. Hang in there and talk to doc. They usally give you a form to fill out and also the teacher. This gives the docs an idea of what he is working with. Von-1
My daughte is adhd combined and has aspergergers I told the dc I didn't want her wacked out he tld me adderall wouldnt do that it would help with school work which it did for short spirts at a time. Then the dsage went up and up and up. Meanwhile her weight went down and down and down she is a thin child anyway loosing weight wasn't a good thing. I was more cncerned with the asbergers and it only helped with school work for the first few weeks each time it was uped that's my experience never tried any other good luck
My son was 7 when he went on Concerta which always worked pretty well for him. It was always a struggle to keep weight on him though. It sure helped with school and his work. Even our family dynamic was better-not so much constant yelling and harping on him about his behavior and how to follow through on tasks. He is 16 now and this is the first year he has been trying school without the meds. I'm not sure if it is going to work. I think he may have to go back on. We are already getting report he is not doing his work.
hi. i have 2 boys that have add/adhd. both are completely different based on behavior, but they both do best on concerta and strattera combined. my older boy has been taking this combination for over 5 years, it works and is very effective with school and attention spans. his hyperactivity is also controlled to a point. the meds are given in the am before school, and last long enough to get him through homework time. my younger boy only has add with no hyperactivity. he takes both medications in the am before school also, he has been taking this combo for about 3 years now. the only complaint is that the youngest is having weight issues, (hard time to gain) we have tried to switch medications for that reason, but have gone back to this combination due to school grades rapidly dropping and behavior changes. he drinks boost with high protein to keep his caloric intake up with 3 meals a day. we do also offer snacks to him after school and at bedtime.
all in all, this combo is the best for us. having gone through many other meds with the oldest throughout the years to find the best, we prefer the constant and deal with the side effects.
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