Posted by susan
on February 06, 2000 at 18:50:27:
In Reply to: Re: Adderall posted by Terry S. on November 06, 1999 at 16:08:37:
: : My daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD - Inattentive.
: : My husband and I are unsure on whether or not we should medicate her. I heard that Adderall works well with the "Inattentive" type of ADHD with less side effects than Ritalin. My pediatrician has not seen any documentation on Adderall. I am looking for any information on the drug. Or any help someone can give us.
: : My son's been on Adderall for 2 years. Good results. Dosage range is 0.15-0.3 mg/kg in a single AM dose. No school dose. web site pslgroup.com has some good articles. WOuld recommend using neuropsychology testing before and after being on a medication to show yourselves whether drug is "worth it" or not. Our son scored much higher on certain achievement tests based on being on the drug.
: As I have posted down below my 14 year old daughter was taking Adderall for about 9 months.
: If you have read previous messages, Adderall and Ritalin seems to act differently from child
: to child. In my case my daughter has gone thru puberty and that makes ADD even more
: interesting! (Picture an ADD mother and ADD daughter standing toe to toe screaming
: at each other!! YIKES!)
: The Adderall in her case seemed not to effect her much. So her doctor changed her to Ritalin.
: She has been on that almost three weeks. She says she is calmer, but not focused yet.
: After some more reading and research there are various subtypes of ADD (when I write ADD I
: also include ADHD). My daughters disorder falls into the ODD category, Oppositional
: Defiant Disorder with some LD (learning disabilities). You can read up on the different subtypes.
: Basically what I'm saying that she is a handful!
: Depending where your child is hormonally(sp) (this is my opinion!), her age, and
: to what degree(or subtype) of ADD she has, you really can't say how the Adderall will affect her.
: Some people have to change medication and dosage to find out what is good for them. Just
: keep in close contact with the school. They are your best input on how she is doing during the
: day. My husband and I have been to so many meetings the vice-principle has our
: cell phone and beeper numbers! Get the school to give you weekly reports. Get pushy but nice
: if you have to. Your child has a right to an education even with ADD(504?). I have found that the
: school wants her to succeed just as much as we do.
: As I said before, read as much as you can about the disorder (I hate calling it that!)
: Good Luck. Terry S.