My 13 yr old son has been complaining about being extremely hungry even after he has ate. Any advice on what could be causing this?
Hi deann, it is difficult to say without knowing further information? What is his weight like? Overweight/underweight? It could be abnormal thyroid levels, or as Pledge as suggested, caused by medication. Antidepressants/antipsychotics, etc, can cause an increased appetite. Any more information you could provide would help us answer...
This is pretty simple really. ADHD meds suppress the appetite. He was not eating well. You toke him off the medication, bad idea by the way, because the adjustment when school starts will be very difficult for him. Especially At this age when he can get hyper and turn to other ways to self medicate: drugs, alcohol, heroin. I doubt the doctor wants this. I doubt you do. And he definitely does not need that. The boy needs to be on a steady life path.
He is hungry now because his appetite is not controlled by the drug. Let him eat. He needs to catch up. Be sure it is healthy and not a bunch of sweets. Fruits and veggies will fill him up faster. He needs protein and lots of milk for his bones. Don't forget a daily vitamin. It will be better for his future if he eats dinner later at night if not hungry at dinner time. It is the timing of the medication that has to do when he eats. As it wears off he is more hungry.
Please talk to his doctor and get some instructions about his eating and how and when to take the medication. It will help him feel better and make things easier for you. You love him and want the best. A bit more information and things will work out for all.
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