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Old 11-24-2008, 01:44 PM   #1
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My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

I know that this is not a side effect of Concerta, however, I'm wondering if it is one and it's just not been noted because others never thought it could be a side effect. We recently increased my daughter's dosage from 72 to about double the dosage and she's forgetting everything and her memory is terrible. Does anyone else using this med have the same problems?

 
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

hi there

my son is also on concerta and i haven't noticed his memory getting worse but he is only on 36mg which needs to be increased on next visit, his memory is terrible anyway part of his adhd, and the concerta only seems to help with concentration so I'm not sure if concerta does affect memory. how old is your daughter? 72mg seem high and if been doubled it could be i don't know I'm sure there is someone here that might have a few suggestions

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:09 AM   #3
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

Hi there,

Thanks for responding. My daughter is 11 years old. She just went from 5th grade to 6th grade and is having a very hard time coping with the transition. She's had multiple detentions for not having her homework assignments turned in (even when she's done it because she forgets to give it to her teacher!). She forgot to bring her gym clothes to gym for several weeks in a row and received a detention for that which she forgot to go to and which I'm waiting to see what will happen next with. Grrr....it just never ends and is very frustrating. I'm very concerned about her memory at this time. I'm not sure if her meds should be adjusted once again or if it's due to anxiety? Any ideas on that one? Wonder if anyone else out there has had the same problems? I know that we've talked to the school psychologist and I was wondering if my daughter should be on a 504 plan there to help her for now. I'm just in a quandry.....help1

 
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

It does sound like she could use a little extra help with school, just with the remembering-to-do-things part.

As far as the memory problems, if she wasn't having them before, it could be her dose is too high. Back when I first started taking stimulants, I was started at too high a dose, and it actually made me a little more foggy, (intensely aware, but foggy too. Don't ask, I can't explain it) not to mention interfered with my sleeping.

 
Old 11-25-2008, 02:31 PM   #5
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

my son is the same age as your daughter, and recently started high school and he's had same problems i think the transition into high school is very difficult for him to get into, he's had detentions, exclusions etc for unfinished homework and not being able to settle into class.

the school have been very supportive and accommodate my sons needs he has a t/a with him at all times now to constantly remind him of what he needs to be doing, he also saw a physiologist in which extra funds are given to support him in school. perhaps if you chat to doctor about your daughters dose, maybe too high my sons doctor will only increase the concerta slightly next time, but i know each child is different. it might be worth you having a chat with the school's sen co to see if she can be given extra support in school to make life a little easier for her. my son's doing well at the moment and hasn't been excluded or on detention for 3 weeks now which is great, and for the homework for the time being they allow time at school for him to complete homework as by the time he gets home his meds have worn off so homework is impossible.

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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

Hi janewhite1,

Thanks for the response. Any help is appreciated. It's a big puzzle when you have a child with ADHD because sometimes you're just not sure if they are just stringing you along or are really having issues. I believe my daughter is having issues. My husband and I do not see this in the same light. He believes that if she applies herself, she would do better. Of course, we all know that an ADHD child's mind works a little bit differently than a normal non-ADHD child's mind. But that's a whole other subject.

When my child was first placed on the higher dosage she was 'spacy'. She seemed to have adjusted somewhat from that, but now I'm not convinced. I'm thinking it's a combination of perhaps too much stimulants and anxiety from being overwhelmed with remembering to do so many more tasks this year.

I totally understand about not being to explain about being foggy yet intensely aware. Weird isn't it?

Thanks again and appreciate your input on the subject.

 
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

Hi Helen08,

As I said in my other post, I think it's the combination of the anxiety and being overwhelmed with having to remember lots of new things this year along with the meds maybe being too high. I have to check with the doctor about the meds. I am going to a pediatrician and am thinking I should go to a doctor that specializes in ADHD instead. Any comments about that? Does your son go to a pediatrician or another doc?

I am straring my daughter on some therapy as well. She'll begin that next Saturday to help with the anxiety portion and to help us both figure out how we are going to handle this situation.

I still have to find out what the school is going to do about my daughter not showing up for her detention (because she forgot to go after school for it). I haven't heard back from the teacher yet about what she plans to do. She may get an in-school suspension at this point....ughhghggg....

So glad to hear that your son is doing better! Yeah! You must be somewhat relieved......

Thanks again for listening and for you input.

Have a great holiday!

 
Old 11-26-2008, 01:36 PM   #8
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Re: My daughter is having major memory problems on Concerta

hi there

my son see's a doctor who specialises in adhd my own GP has never seen my son, i think if you can see a doctor who specialises in adhd as you will be able to get all the right advise and be able to discuss your concerns and they will be able to give any suggestions and write to the school so they have better knowledge regarding your daughter.

my son was diagnosed when he was 5, by a specialist that i was referred too as my GP didn't have much knowledge about adhd and felt was best to see someone that did. my GP will issue prescriptions for my son on what the specialist has recommended but any worries or advise about meds he tells me to see her and she's fantastic with any problems at school and communicates with school so that my son doesn't be excluded for things that are part of his adhd i don't know if the school your daughter attends has extra staff etc that work with children with adhd, i know the school i sent my son to was chosen as it has a unit in which they can accommodate his needs within the main stream school which has been great. i hope you can find the help you need and i think you seeing a specialist would be a great idea.

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