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Posted by Carmen on July 19, 2000 at 16:13:23:

In Reply to: dexidrine posted by dtalley on March 07, 2000 at 16:41:33:

: My 8 year old step son has just been diagnosed with ADD. The doctor prescribed Dexidrine for him. Has anyone had any experience with this medicine? What are the side effects? How affective has it been for your child?

Take it from a 25 year old who has been on Ritalin and now Dexidrine for more years than your son has been alive.... DO NOT PUT HIM ON ANYTHING!!!!! I know a lot of people like myself who have a lot of bitterness towards the docs and even my parents (even though I know they mean well). I believe that
those of us who are ADD or ADHD just need a slightly different learning environment, and very important- NO ADDITIVES AND ARTIFICIAL FOODS, LIMITED SWEETS, AND A VERY VERY WELL BALANCED DIET!!!!
You start to build up tolerances, and i eventually had to switch from Riatalin to Dexidrine (which, I do believe is the lesser of the two evils, Ritalin being far more evil than ever helpful) helps me to pass classes that are not easy, make straight A's, sleep a bit better, have to force food down my throat any time i want to eat,
lose all my creativity, my "natural" spunkiness, and become far more anti-social than before. I truly believe that we are an over-drugged culture and that alternative ways to help your son deal with his GIFT of a multi-tasking brain is the best solution.
There are a lot of books on the market to help you use behavioral and natural alternative to speed drugs for children. A lot of them go a bit overboard, but they it is worth it if it allows your son to keep his childhood. Afterall, aren't kids supposed to go
at a million miles an hour?.. also, does he get play breaks at his school? a lot of alternative schools are now realizing that hands on learning helps those of us who need to be invovled in the learning process... Your son does not have a disorder, he (like
me and many others) are simply "hunters trying to live in a farmers world...." think about it, and the best of luck to you.

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