Hi mamas. I’m curious about ADHD meds. Have your kids had any crazy side effects to medication? Such as fits of rage, aggression, suicidal thoughts, etc? If you’ve taken your kids off of meds, how are you managing their ADHD? Thanks!
At first your Dr will usually do a trial for a month until you find the best one.
It took about 5 different meds / doses to find the right fit
We tried a few different ones before we found the one that works the best. The dr does a recheck every 3 months to see how things are going
My son has been on different meds since he was about 6. He’s almost 11 now. We started out at a very low dose ritalin. When he started acting out a bit more and I brought to concerns and asked to increase the dose, they changed him to adderall that turned him into a total monster. He was very emotional and ragey. Stayed on that for a week before he asked to go back on his old meds. He’s now on 10 mg twice a day when he’s in school and recognizes that it really helps him calm down and focus on his school work. It can very much be trial and error. Especially for kiddos.
He does great on them. We switched around a few times though. If something is causing that bad of effects it’s time to try something new.
My daughter (16) started Adderall in September. We are still working to find the right dosage but she’s in a much better place
Our oldest was on adhd meds for 2 years. Over that time we tried 4 different ones and all had the same reaction. Suicidal, sleeplessness, lack of appetite, angry outbursts and tantrums (throwing or hitting things). He hated himself. We looked deep into herbal and natural ways to treat it and finally settled on magnesium and changed his diet. We limited his coloring (food coloring) and caffeine. That was 5th to 7th grade. He is now a junior in hs and is doing great
My son was on Ritalin, concerta then stratera. On Ritalin & concerta he had no appetite. Stratera lasts 24 hours & dorsnt effect his appetite
It did take several different medications and several months to find what works but the side effects are mild and life without the medication is much worse for him. His doc checks every month to make sure they are working well and how he is doing. He is on Concerta for ADD, Abilify and Lexapro for depression and doing well, no appetite issues or suicidal thoughts
Usually teenagers will start on Adderall or another amphetamine. Smaller children should be started on a methylphenidate such as Focain or Ritalin. Start small and increase. Making sure your dr doesn’t give a child adderall and a methylphenidate instead will make all the difference in the world. This is fairly new and not all doctors are doing it.
Every child is different which means that often meds are a matter of finding the right one for the child.
For my son his “right” med is vyvanse. Hes been on it almost 2 years. No weight loss or appetite suppression. He still runs and plays like any other 7 year old.
Now we have had an issue here and there when the dose needs to be adjusted but otherwise it’s worked really really well for him.
We tried several different kinds before we all liked one. Before medication he had lots of rage, aggression and suicidal ideations. He’s now 20 and unmedicated (his choice) but he struggled on occasion; which he’s fine with now. He lives on his own. He’s been working out which also helps him concentrate and use his time wisely; he also meditates to help him during stressful situations that he wouldn’t have been able to control without his medications.
Just finding and exploring new social, mental skills to help with ADHD helps so much. Different for all kids
My kid threw hers down the toilet. She’s in her 50’s now and a successful artist.
Aggression at the end of the day when the pill is wearing off.
My son was diagnosed in kindergarten at 5. He’s now 7 in second grade. When we went in for the initial appointment, doctor said “I’ve been waiting for this call”. We have tried every ‘family’ of meds. He has had everything from severe aggression, insanely happy to ticked off at the world within seconds, you think of it - he’s had that side effect. Now here is the catch, he DOES NOT show side effects at school only at home! We are finally on the “perfect” one - and I use that very loosely. Just don’t give up and be consistent. Advocate for your child and do what is best for not only him/her but for the family! My son is text book case of ADHD! Good luck!
My teen is on Focilin xr and a 10mg booster she can take at 3/4pm if she needs to focus for homework… and definitely can tell when she takes and when she doesn’t… diagnosed at age 8.
I was on it for years as a child, 55mg of Adderall, then they switched me to the generic brand after a while. I personally now have side effects to this day and one of my main reasons why I couldn’t focus was because I was to hyperactive and I wasn’t in enough physical activities to where I could physically wear myself down. Each kids different and I’m sure medicines are different since I was a kid. However, if your kid comes to you acting like a zombie and they won’t eat and can’t sleep, take them off of it and tell their pediatrician the medication isn’t working. It’s trial and error, no amount of medication could help me even if they kept increasing the dosage. So my dad put me in sports and got me a tutor and it really helped me out. That and a child therapist, taught me to regulate my emotions properly and to slow down. Xx momma
My son takes meds for ADHD he if fine on them curbs his appetite sometimes but at around 6/7 at night he’s hyper again
my 9 yr old has been on meds sense she was in start of 2nd grade . she has been doing good sofar . i only give to her during especially for school and has done better in school.i dont really give on weekends unless we are going some place.she is on 10 mg adderall. my niece was on meds as well dont know if still is. but she was also on during school hrs and my brother would not have her on during summers. dr. said i could do that to. but i dont i only dont give to her on weekends i dont want to re adjust a month before school starts .