adhd in your children and medicine.

United States
March 22, 2007 9:26am CST
What do you think about medicating your child so that they can function in school without getting the phone calls or the notes sent home? Or do you deal with the teachers and can your child get his work done? Also if you give your children the medincine what kind are they on and dosage and how long have they been on it? Also do you give it to them on the weekends as well or just during school?
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@hope1976 (47)
• United States
22 Mar 07
We have an ADHD (and ODD) 9 year old boy. We've been struggling with this since he was about 4 years old. We were really against medicating him, but he got to be out of control both at home and school. So we tried it. He has been on too many different meds including Straterra, Concerta, Ritalin, Adderal, Medidate...and the list goes on. He was starting to do ok on Concerta, but then he leveled off and it wasn't effective anymore. We then tried Adderal XR (extended release). He became very violent and wouldn't sleep with this. Through many doctors, we took him off that and put him on regular Adderal. He now takes 15mg twice a day (in the form of three 5mg pills). One thing we have found and that seems to be a fairly new discovery from what I understand is that he also was prescribed Tenex. 1/2mg twice per day. This is a blood pressure medication, but seems to work with the side effects. Since he started taking this as well, he sleeps normally at night and he is eating better. Not to mention the violence is gone. As to the other questions...we give the meds every day, including summer and weekends. Some of these meds aren't meds to mess around with. Some you have to gradually go off of them. That is something to discuss with your doctor though. Just make sure you get evaluated by someone you trust. There are many cases where the schools want kids medicated to keep them quiet / not hyper throughout the day. Good Luck!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
His doctor is all for me trying to take him off of it and seeing what he does. My son is very mild adhd and the dr. thinks now that he is older he will be able to handle it and not need the medication. We will see how he does. Thanks for the advice and input.
• United States
22 Mar 07
Good luck with that! I have heard that many children actually outgrow it as they grow. I hope you will let us know how it goes.
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@paulnet (748)
• India
23 Mar 07
Treatment depends on the age of your child, the type of ADHD he has and any other conditions. It should be tailored to the individual child, and may include:- Counselling for the child and parents from a psychologist, Behaviour management advice, Strategies to help your child learn and deal with social problems, eg teasing by other children, strategies to increase your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem, one-to-one help at school, Most of the types of medication offered are neurostimulants that work by changing levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. This means the ‘controlling’ and ‘inhibiting’ part of brain works in a more efficient way so your child can concentrate better and behave more calmly.
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@RivahGal (34)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Check out http://www.drdavestein.com for a non-medical approach to ADD/ADHD. His program worked for my son. I used his program about 6 or 7 years ago, and just 3 months ago I started managing his website. Just wanted to be upfront about that! We were concerned witht he side effects of medications, and wanted to do something without meds. Stein's program worked great for our son.
• United States
23 Mar 07
Thanks for the link RivahGal! This is the avenue we have chosen for our 8 year old. We just had a meeting with the SPED teacher in his school to institute an IEP. This woman had the GALL to imply we are failing our son by not medicating him! (She will eat crow by the time I am done with her!) As soon as I left the meeting, I was in tears! How dare she make such implications?????? She also said his grades are not suffering yet, so he probably won't qualify for assistance. I certainly don't understand THAT logic! Did you have to argue with the school? We live in NH where for the 8th staight year have won the honors of having the highest rate of medication prescribed for ADD/HD. How were you able to convince the school system that medication is NOT always the solution?
• United States
23 Mar 07
Feel free to email me at rivahgal@gmail.com Sometimes conversations of this sort - the non-medication approach - can lead to attacks. Not saying it would happen here, but I see it too frequently elsewhere. Julie