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Posted by Ron on November 20, 1999 at 23:30:35:

In Reply to: daughter w/ behavior problems posted by Shar on November 18, 1999 at 18:05:55:

Dear Shar,
15 years ago my son was diagnosed as ADHD and the reccommeded treatment was Ritalin. I refused simply because I didn't think it was a good idea. Today he is in college at Louisiana State Universtiy with a 3.0 GPA.

Two weeks ago my 5 year old son was also diagnosed as ADD/ADHD. This time my wife and I did our homework and are in the process of learning all we can about ADD and the medicanes used. Like you we have been scared by what we have learned. The most common drugs used are stimulants and Class II narcotics.

Toad has responded to you about how well he and his children have done on medication. In his response to you he does not mention what medication he takes. However, in another posting on this board, he says he is taking Effexor. This is an antidepressant and is not an addictive drug like Class II medications. There is not nearly as much information about the use of antidrepressants as there is about stimulants. Thus I have not learned much about their use but it is certainly a better alternative to stimulants.

Talk to your pediatrician and pharmacist (pharmacist are usually are better informed about the effects and side effects of drugs that are the doctors).

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