My 6 yr. old son has adhd, absence seizures, and also an arachnoid cyst on his brain. We tried adderral last year but he didn't eat for 4 days so the nuero took him off of that. Didn't try anything else until around the first of December. He started out on focalin xr 15 mg. It was like night and day. He wasn't getting kicked out of class everyday. he was actually doing his work and participating in class. He did experience that horrible rebound effect in the afternoons but subsided after the first week.
When he first started taking it within a few minutes he would start walking in circles, pointing his finger and talking non-stop. I mentioned it to the girl at the doctor's office and she said that was normal and he should be ok. Well, 2 weeks ago, he came home from school and I knew something was weird as soon as I looked at him. he looked a little pail, his bottom jaw was moving in a weird way and he was sticking his tongue out over and over. I called the nuero and he said to bring him in day after next. We did and he said that he believed that he had developed tics. Now, the strange thing was is that he had developed a low fever. Doc said the fever had nothing to do with it. He gave me a script for focalin xr 10 mg. Well, I got it filled but have not given it him because I'm afraid to. I really didn't like seeing my son the way he was....talking non-stop, walking in circles, it was really disturbing.
I'm just wondering if any of you have experienced any of these side effects... and what do you all think?