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Unread 10-16-2004, 03:41 PM
Question - Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

I have an 8yr old daughter who is struggling horribly with AD/HD in school. I had her on Straterra for about 8 months with little to no results.. Now they just put her on Concerta daily and Clonidine at night.. I feel so bad about doing this.. I kept my daughter off of medication as long as I possibly could but it was interfering with everything... She is more sensitive and moodier than normal right now.. Do any of you Mom's have any of these problems.. I need help with her. I am on a 50 school waiting list for there Dr's to evaluate her and possibly implenet and I.E.P. (individualized education plan) for her.. This has been an uphill battle much like my surgery.. It requires much patience and determination to be her Mom.. The worst thing about it right now is that I am only 2 weeks post-op and she is staying with her Dad instead of me right now.. I feel better when she is here.. Thanks for listening.. Lauren
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Unread 10-16-2004, 07:40 PM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

My son is 7 and has been on Concerta 18 mg since he was 5. He just started first grade this year, and was having an absolute horrible time, so we went to the doctor and upped his dosage to 27mg. I have struggled with the decision, but he is so much better with the meds. His teacher and I did everything imaginable for behavior management, and nothing worked until we increased the dosage. Like you, I hate giving my son a pill every day, but when something works, and he can get through the day with smiles instead of anxiety attacks and tears, I'll do it.

I do notice that if he has been without his pill, and when he first started Concerta, he is very emotional. That will get better over time. He takes his pill every day so that we don't have to deal with the emotional ups and downs.

Oh boy, do I understand the "when the child is at Dad's thing". I hate it when he's over there because I can't regulate his medication and diet and sleep. Right now, consistency is our goal.

I'm sure you've talked with her teacher, and is there a in-school counselor you can conference with? They should be able to help until you can get an official IEP in place.

I don't know if this has helped at all, but maybe you'll feel better knowing that other people know exactly how you feel!! It is rough being a parent, and always second-guessing our decisions!

PS - I also had a LSH, but mine was in June. You'll feel better soon, and ready to tackle other problems!
Unread 11-02-2004, 09:48 PM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

First of all... wow, your schools have a waiting list to be evaluated and given an IEP ??? Our schools do that ASAP when you request it..... I cant imagine being put on a waiting list

My step son is 14 and was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in head start. He is a handful to say the least. Along with his adhd he has learning disabilities and behavioral problems. I know medication for such is a huge debate now days but for my step son it was a must have no matter how long we tried to put it off. If he misses just one morning dose the teachers can tell it right away.

We tried him on Straterra and Concerta but they did nothing for him. Ritalin gave him ticks. He's been on everything under the sun from Ritalin to Prozac. Currently he takes Adderall and its the best thing we've found to work for him in years. He was taking 20 mg at breakfast and 20 at lunch but now he has started taking the time released Adderall XR 30 mg at breakfast only. Time will tell.

We have full custody of him and when he is at his mothers she refuses to give him his medication. Its really hard on his system when he goes there because he is on the meds, off the meds, then back on the meds... a real roller coaster ride for his emotions to say the least.

Sorry to ramble... just wanted to share. Best of luck with your situation.
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Unread 11-07-2004, 09:01 PM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

hi there, I`m from Canada and have never heard of straterra,clonidine, or concerta. My youngest DD is adhd and is on dexedrine and resperidone. This combo has worked wonderfully with her. When she was first diagnosed she was on just the dexedrine and lost alot of weight, as it also supresses the appetite,and she also had alot of ticks. She was then put on ritalin, which was not the right thing for her. I took her off all meds for a while, and then she was put on the dexedrine and resperidone. The resperidone helps with the appetite and ticks. She is doing really well with these meds, thank goodness. Just thought I would put my two cents in. Don`t know if this will help you`s.
Unread 11-10-2004, 05:11 PM
Smile - Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old attention trouble

HI! i have a son that is a very active . he is only 8 years old and he has attention span of aworm. we are having alot of trouble with him in school and the teachers are getting very worried about him. i do not have him on medication, we are getting him tested and we hope that he doesn,t have adhd. if anyone has any advice on this i would welcome it.
Unread 11-11-2004, 10:21 AM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

Hi, Charlene.

You are doing the right thing by having him tested. Make sure that he is seen by the right doc that specializes in this some Dr`s just prescribe meds for overactive children, without going through the proper testing. Please remember that if your son does have adhd or add, the meds are for his benefit, to help him cope with the challenges he faces in life. They are not a cop out for the parents, as some people like to think. Good luck with everthing.
Unread 11-11-2004, 05:21 PM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

My son is 9 and has been on med. for adhd for about 3 yrs. He is on medadate er we just uped his dose to 40 mg a day. He has done wonderful on this med. Before medadate I would receive phone calls from the school everyother day on him. He would be in tears and I would also it got to where I hated sending him to school and he hated going. He now makes A's and B's in school and hates to miss a day. Please know that we don't always have good days and I still get a few phone calls but not near as much as before. My mom also told me that god gives the special children to special people who have the patiance to deal with them and I really believe that. Our children are special and should be treated that way.
Unread 11-13-2004, 06:18 PM

hi guys. thanks for the advice on this. i am still waiting until the teachers assess him and i hope something comes out of it because in here you have to fight for your kids to get anything done. do hopefully something will come out of this.
Unread 11-15-2004, 08:19 AM
Ad/hd Meds With My 8yr Old

Since no one mentioned federal guidelines that schools MUST comply with , I will.Make sure you get a copy from the school. There are timelines for when evaluations and I.E.P.s must be developed and implemented. A comprehensive evaluation by a child psychiatrist is imperative. LOTS of other conditions look like ADD/ADHD and MUST be ruled out. A school psychologist or a family doc. DO NOT have the expertise to rule out other conditions. There are new med. groups other than stimulants and the group that Statera is in that are currently being tried.Only a child psychiatrist can throughly rule out conditions and prescribe the best meds. The school psychologist's report is just part of the comprehensive eval. process for ADD children. Check your rights because you have the right to request independent,private evaluations. Do they have a school social worker? A good guidance counselor might help walk you through the process too.Social workers generally have more advocacy training and more time than guidance counselors,but not all schools have them. The waiting list thing suggests to me they might be out of compliance with federal guidelines. Did you sign a waiver? I hope this helps.IIf you are into reading, Mel Levine and Edward Hallowell have great books on ADD/ADHD and similar conditions. I'll check to see if they have websites.
Unread 11-15-2004, 02:52 PM

hi! thanks for the input. he is going to be seen by a peditration after xmas, we have t wait that long to see our school we have people that are educated in these fields. so i hope they can do something for him. we have been trying to do a behaviour chart in school and he is doing good so far. hopefully it,ll work out fine.

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