ADHD and Concerta questions
Hi. First post here. I'm not sure I'm posting in the right place or not. My questions are about my adult stepson and his recent diagnosis of ADHD, prescription for Concerta, and other factors.
I'm going to try to be a brief as possible.
Back in June of this year, we started noticing some erratic behaviour from him (he works for us). He started being late for work often and would swear that he had 6 alarms set, but just couldn't wake up. He was often leaving work to "see his doctor". And sometimes he just seemed really out of it. We let it go at the beginning, but it just continued.
Anyway, as it worsened, he finally told us that he has gone on medication for ADHD (which we never knew he had - it wasn't diagnosed as a child), and all these trips to the Dr. are because they are adjusting his dosage, and (according to him) as soon as that is sorted out, all will be good.
Fast forward to several incidents where he shows up for work completely out of it. I mean, looking like a junkie, not making any sense, dropping things...a total disaster...and had to be removed from the workplace. At this point, I start to research Concerta, and find out that it is addictive and should not be prescribed to anyone with a history of drug abuse (he has) and also should not be combined with smoking marijuana (he does).
When he has these "episodes" he is totally not there. Can't think, has no motor control, is unsteady on his feet, and just needs to sleep. It's like he is completely wasted. After the last one, we convinced him to go to a different doctor, and his father went with him. He is scheduled for a full physical for next week, and a new evaluation.
So, I'm just wondering if anyone else had such dramatic and debilitating side effects with starting Concerta. On top of the extreme fatigue, he has crazy migraines, bad headaches, stomach pain, and confusion.
I should also add that he is on the maximum dosage of Concerta (72 mg) (and BTW, it seems really strange to me that he would be on the maximum dosage almost immediately after starting it) and does smoke marijuana. I'm terribly concerned about this combination, along with his history of drug abuse.
Sorry. I thought I would be able to be more brief, but apparently not! Any input/thoughts/experiences/advice would be so appreciated