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Posted by Terry S. on November 06, 1999 at 16:08:37:

In Reply to: Adderall posted by Dee on November 06, 1999 at 15:22:08:

: 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.

Dee,

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.

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