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Posted by julianne sullivan on January 03, 2000 at 10:18:24:

In Reply to: Re: side effects of adderall? posted by Sheree on January 03, 2000 at 00:18:56:

: : : : My 7-yr old son has just been diagnosed with ADHD and his neurologist has suggested adderall. I am looking to find out side effects and actual effects of this medication before I decide to use this med. He has never used anything before. He is a good student now, but he is very, very hyperactive and impulsive. He does not know what he is doing half of the time.
: : : : Please let me know of personal experiences with this medication so I can start to make a decision.
: : : : Thank you

: : : My daughter was just started on adderall about a week ago. She has taken several meds in the past to help her stay focused and calm down a bit but none of the meds have worked- all had awful side effects. Now she is on 2.5 mg of adderall. What I am noticing is she is a little and when I see little, I mean little calmer. The one thing I do not like though and I am not sure if it is related to the adderall though, it seems as though at the end of the day she is overly hyper (when meds have worn off)

: : I am an adult and have been taking Adderall for about 9 months. Could not use Ritilan because of rebound but I do not have any with Adderall. You do have to watch out for dry mouth and dental/gum health. Does last longer and less obvious at onset. Delay time for me is about one hour before it begins working. Lasting 5/6 hours.

: : My son has just started on ritalin too. I am very nervous about giving it to him. For the most part he is very calm but he gets distracted easy in class inwhich keeps him from keeping up with the rest of the class. So far I haven't heard to many positive things about this medication. has there been a big improvement in anyone else case or just little ones? Does it cause a lot of other systems. I'm thinking he may be better with out it.

I have two sons with ADHD. My youngest is 7 (he's on 10mg ritalin three times a day), my older son is 15.(He is on 40 mg of adderall daily in three divided doses) Remembering back to when my youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 years old, I had the same skeptisisim and fear about these drugs. I will also concede that the side effects are not always pleasant (irritability, headache, anorexia, sleep problems). If there were any other way around medication we would opt for it. When I started my youngest son on ritalin I noticed a dramatic change in activity and impulsivity. I also witnessed for the first time in my son's life an ability to sit still long enough to complete a task and make a friend, perhaps even give another kid the chance to talk (this still remains a huge difficulty, as my son(even on ritalin) talks and interupts incessently). This was great for his self-esteem, and continues to be. I realize that hyperactivity is primarily related to dopamine and other neurotransmitters. This atleast helps put aside my fears and feelings of guilt that somehow I could have prevented my kids from having ADHD. I couldn't. I myself have ADHD, and realize now that my children have inherited this socially unacceptable and frequently misunderstood syndrome. Just as an FYI, adderall was once called OBERAL. It was re-released as adderall back in 1996. I'm not sure why. Thanks for listining, and any replys are entirely appreciated. Julie S. Sullivan RN Family Nurse Practitioner-c january 3, 00

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