My son is 7 and has been on ritalin la for the past year and it has worked ok I dont like the fact that it makes him like a zombie. Im wanting to switch to something else and Im torn between strattera and vyvanse. Any advice?
Besides working at a psych hospital, I also work at a residential treatment facility for adolescents. Many of our kids use Vyvanse with very good results. I suggest getting as much info as possible on both meds; however, and educate yourself before making a decision. I will caution you NOT to get too frightened by the known possible side effects of both medications; each has an extensive list BUT you need to realize that they are POSSIBLE side effects-your son may not exhibit any of them. I wish you luck and applaud your attempts at making an informed decision. God bless.
Firstly I think you should read "The ADHD Fraud :How psychiatry makes patients of normal children" by Fred Baughman MD and Neurologist. I think this would help you a lot. Also you may like to visit www.ritalindeath.com
I don't think any little boy of seven should be taking dangerous , addictive stimulants which are amphetamines and can cause weight loss,liver and kidney damage,mood disorders,heart defects,stunted growth and even sudden death. There is no clear cut lab test which proves ADHD exists and even if it does these stimulants can seriouslly damage your childs health.
Would you not rather allow your child to just be himself even if hes lively, impulsive and innattentive. Is that not better than being ill on stimulants. He is only seven and for all you know will grow out of his current behaviour. He may be a genious for all you know. Let him be a child for gods sake and refuse to let anyone label and analyse him. If they looked at the brains of all these psychiatrists Im sure they would find a lot of things wrong. LIke not understanding young children and how they behave naturally. DRug companys are making a fortune out of ADHD don;t forget that. I love kids and think we can learn a lot from them. THe so called symptoms of ADHD do not prove a medical condition or disease despite 35 years of research.
It is wishful thinking by profit driven pharmaceuticals who want more kids on their drugs. Protect your child and love him and he will grow up just fine!
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