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Posted by Jill Frank on November 18, 1999 at 14:52:50:

I just came across this board. I have an 8 yr. old boy with ADHD. He was diagnosed when he was 4 and first put on Dexedrine. This turned him into a zombie. So I had him taken off of it on put on Ritalin. Typical dosing, ya know. Well, he had no appetite on it. He wouldn't eat. They kept adusting the dose, but no good. Then he was put on Cylert. This seems to help the appetite, but I was'nt told that it could effect his liver. He has to have his blood drawn and his liver enzymes checked quite often to make sure this med is not hurting it. I have been throught 3 different doctors and the subject of changing him to Adderill has also come up. I am concerned about all these drugs. The Cylert seems to help him and he is below the full doseage that can be given, but I am very worried about the effects it can have on his liver. I also don't want him to loose his appetite again if placed on a different drug. Does any one have any good advice? I do know for sure that the meds are not the cure. The gap has to be filled with structured classes and home and positive influence from home and teachers. He has a big self esteem problem (lack of) and that most of these children will have it. I have had some good sources and help from certain doctors, but it seems like when it comes to the meds., they have this attitude that we should just switch them and maybe that will help. There a very few choices med wise that we have. Adderill and some form of anti-depressant? Nothing like doping your kid to death. I would like some good reliable source that understands where we are coming from. If I had my choice he wouldn't be on drugs at all, but I do have to admit the Cylert works. But not at the price of his liver, is it worth it.

Can anybody help?

Thanks so much for your time!

Jill Frank

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