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Posted by Virginia on October 15, 2000 at 05:08:34:

In Reply to: Son just put on Adderall posted by Tabitha on September 22, 2000 at 21:02:45:

: I have a 9 year old son, just put on Adderall today. I am trying to find out as much information as possible. I would like to hear the good, the bad and the ugly from anyone willing to share their experiences with me.

: I have read some of the stories online and I feel for those parents who have horrific stories to tell. I would consider myself lucky, my son has the temper, but he isn't violent. I would appreciate any help or advice thanks.

: Tabitha

Tabitha - It has been about 4 weeks since I posted before, and I hope things are going well for your son. Now that my son has been back on the regular course of mediation for the school year, things have settled. He does not take any meds at all, over the summer. We do a slow introduce for the school year. He is back to his regular dosage (25 mg AM and 20 mg after school - this child is 6' and 163lbs at 13). At first, he did lose weight. But, he has regained and is at his ideal weight for his height, build and physical activity. In fact, we may start to reduce the mediation at the end of this year. I do not want to do anything drastic, however. We will take it slow and easy. (He does not do that well over the summer, with no medication at all. In fact, he gets very upset and even lost weight over this summer.) But, that is not my decision. His biological mother does not allow him to have any medication at all because he "may become a drug addict". So far this year, he has been able to keep up with his school assignments (in advanced classes) and has kept (as he puts it) his nose clean enough (no pink slips) to stay on the football team. That is a big incentive for him! He gets bored very easily - - the more I can keep him involved in, the better. Since getting the computer this summer, he has spent much more time going over assignmtents. It is more of a challenge. My son needs that. If it is easy, he is bored,loses interest and bounces off the wall. It seems that things are much easier for him this year, than last, when we were experimenting with dosages and mediactions. The dose he is on now, of Adderal, seems to be what is working for him. I guess that is what is important. What works for YOUR CHILD. Post again for an update.

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