I am new to the board and I would like to know if anyone has any experience or knowledge of a natural supplement for ADD called Attend made by a company called Vaxa.
Here is my little girls story.....
I have a six yr old little girl diagnosed with ADD. She has severe problems with not paying attention in class, to the point that she has trouble following simple intructions for classwork. She will get the first sentence of instruction, but if the assignment has multiple instructions and the teacher explains all of the steps at once and then lets the class go to work on their own..my child will only do the first step. She rushes through all of her work also. She goes to resource where the class is much smaller and the teacher can go over the instructions more completely, so my little girl does a good deal better in there, but still has attention and frustration issues. I originally tried her on B'Calmed, but like others I have read about, didn't see the results soon enough on a dose that was affordable or "takeable" by my daughter. Getting her to 4 or 5 pills in a day is impossible and she didn't like the chewables. Also, the cost is just too much when you have to take 4 or more more day. She did seem more articulate..better able to express herself and a little less prone to temper tantrums on the supplement but her teacher noticed no improvement in her attention or quality of schoolwork. I also did not notice any improvement in her attention, it did help some with her frustration level but could not afford it long enough to give it a good try for more than 2 months. She has now been on Stratterra 25 mg since December 1, 2003. Her teachers and I did notice a large improvment in her attention and her ability to complete an assignment correctly in the first few days and weeks. However, her mood has been very unstable and we went through 2 weeks of weepy, distraught evenings and then 1 week of total rage and uncontrollable temper tantrums. She seemed to level off after that for a few weeks but over the christmas holiday the headaches got so bad I took her off of it. When she went back to school after the break her teacher noticed immediately that she was back to the old behaviors of not being able to pay attention, inability to complete a task correctly and extreme frustration. I did not tell the teachers I had taken her off of the med until I asked them about her behavior after the xmas break. They had no way of knowing that she was not taking it anymore and therefore I do not feel their response was biased towards the medicine at all. (None of her teachers have ever tried to talk me into giving her meds. However, I felt that she was going to fail 1st grade and/or be put in self-contained, so I was desperate to find something that would work and work quick..so we tried B'calmed and then started Stratterra.) So I started her back on the Stratterra and hoped the headaches would subside. They seemd to for a few weeks but then she started complaning of them again. I caleld the doc and asked if we could go back to 18mg to see if that would help....big mistake. Still had headaches and her behavior was horrible. We went back up to 25 mg in less than 2 weeks. We have now been back on 25 mg for almost a month and her behavior is unbearable. She is usually a loving, caring child but lately she has actually been hateful, nasty and extremely disrespectful. She doesn't seem to be able to make these episodes stop either. She can go on with a rant for 30 minutes or so sometimes, then she will cry and tell me her head hurts and she is tired. I don't think her or I can take this anymore. I do not want to put her on stimulants. Her father ( I am divorced from him) had a drug problem ( addicted to amphetamines!) and I do not want to even go there with her. I know they work wonderfully for some kids and I do not criticze then at all, but I am just not comfortable with stims for my child. I would really like to know if anyone has heard anything about had any experience with Attend made by a company called VAXA. They also make Extress and Memorin+. I am considering ordering at least the Attend and trying that along with the Stratterra until school is out (if behavior and headaches don't make us stop first) and then try Attend with Omega 3 & 6 oil for the summer. I would greatly appreciate any comments. My daughter and need all the help we can get.