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Old 02-16-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
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9 year old son with ADD

My son is 9 years old and was diagnosed with ADD when he was 7. Since that time we have been on 4 diffrent meds and none seem to be working for him. We have tried Ritalin, Danphetamine, Strattera and he is now on adderall. I thought Strattera was going to be the one that worked and he was on it the longest but started having problems taking the pill. He is now on his second week of adderall and the teachers are telling me that his attitude and emotions are changing. I just don't know what to do or to try next. Does anyone have any opinions or helpful hints? I feel like Im letting my son down!!!

 
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Old 02-16-2005, 11:25 PM   #2
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

I've been told more than once that if the drug isn't working, the child doesn't have ADD/ADHD. My 9 y/o is on Adderall XR and his behavior at home is unbearable, even when he takes his dose. I'm going to take him off, I'm going to take my 7 y/o off too. I'm worried lately about side effects.

 
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Old 02-18-2005, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

My son is 7 and was diagnosed at 5 with ADHD. When he was 6 he was additionally diagnosed with ODD (Opposition Defiant Disorder). He has been on several medications, including Sraterra, Risperdal, and Ritalin. My concern is that the medications don't work. I have had my son evaluated and re-evaluated, and have sought second, third, even forth opinions. All say he has has ADHD and ODD. What I don't understand is why the medications don't work if he has these conditions.

 
Old 02-19-2005, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

My son was given Metadate for AD(H)D with tics and it sort of helped but not like it should so we kept investigating and found he has Asperger's which is part of the autism spectrum. He takes Wellbutrin for the tics and lots of behavior modification. He is doing well.

 
Old 02-20-2005, 01:07 PM   #5
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

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Originally Posted by ksmom
My son is 7 and was diagnosed at 5 with ADHD. When he was 6 he was additionally diagnosed with ODD (Opposition Defiant Disorder). He has been on several medications, including Sraterra, Risperdal, and Ritalin. My concern is that the medications don't work. I have had my son evaluated and re-evaluated, and have sought second, third, even forth opinions. All say he has has ADHD and ODD. What I don't understand is why the medications don't work if he has these conditions.
Because the biological "illness" aka lack of brain chemicals connection of these conditions cannot be measured, tested or proved. They are mainly just theory. Behaviors cannot be confirmed to exist solely because of brain chemistry.

 
Old 02-22-2005, 07:34 AM   #6
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

My daughter is also add/adhd with odd as well. She will be seeing a specialist to narrow it all down in another week. Adderall didn't seem to do anything for her. She is now on Straterra. It seems to have a more calming effect on her, but she has side effects such as tiredness and stomach aches. She's been on it for almost a month. I'm hoping the side effects simmer a bit.

 
Old 03-21-2005, 10:33 AM   #7
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Re: 9 year old son with ADD

The meds probably aren't working because they haven't tried the right meds yet. My son has been on tons of differents meds...some work and some don't. A couple have worked better than others...some he has outgrown the effects of. It's usually a trial and error thing.

 
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