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    Old 11-04-2002, 06:45 PM   #1
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    My 12 yr old son has been on Concerta 18mg since school started this year. For several weeks, I have not given it to him except on school days. His behavior was never a problem so it saves money and puts the drug into his system less. He had side effects last year on Adderall (headaches, sleeplessness, loss of appetite) but seems to be doing much better on Concerta. He made the honor roll the first semester at school and all ones in conduct(the best) However, for the past six weeks, he has been having what seems like anxiety attacks - he worries that something will happen to me and he will be left alone (his father died when he was 2 1/2) He gets an upset stomach, cries and is very clinging to me. I have been thinking that it is a combination of a realization of having no father and perhaps pre-puberty. He seems to be also fearful of growing up. I have no experience with boys (he is an only child) so I'm not sure what to expect with male puberty. Anyhow, I am wondering if any of this could be related to the Concerta. Could it be related to him going off the Concerta every weekend? This behavior happens on week days as well as weekends and the doctor assured me that this drug does not stay in the system so it doesnt make sense to me. Any ideas?

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    Old 11-05-2002, 04:58 AM   #2
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    hi there,
    I was on concerta for a month but I am 29. I noticed sometimes when I was driving I felt like I was going to have anxiety attacks. It was really WEIRD. I personally notices that when I was on it that I was pretty numb. (meaning that I was emotionalless!!!) So maybe it is affecting your son in a certain way. I hope this may help a little. Take Care

    Old 11-05-2002, 05:27 AM   #3
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    I too have a son taking concerta, he is 7yrs old. From the time he was diagnosed with ADHD, and been on meds, Ritalin now Concerta - he has anxiety. I have went through two different doctors and they both have said the same thing to me that Ritalin and now Concerta are in and out of the body meds. Maybe it has to do with why your son is taking Concerta, for me mine being ADHD. My son constanly worries, {when we get in the car to drive further than just to town, he is worried about how much gas and if we have enough, (example) etc... sometimes his worrying comes between his playing} The doctor had told me to just keep reassuring my son that things are and will be ok. The very first doctor I went to (our family doctor) wanted to put my son on Paxil, because of his anxiety - that is why I went to an ADHD specialist in my area because I wanted a second opionion, I had a hard enough time putting him on Ritalin and then Concerta. But the one I am with now, doesn't think he needs it, and my son seems ok as we keep reassuring him it is ok to worry but don't miss out on fun things because of worrying. ( I never noticed his worrying -anxiety- to be that bad until we went through testing for ADHD and then on meds ) My son is also on the meds over the weekend. The meds obviously help as he is doing excellent in school now that we have him on the right med, so I do believe he needs it, but it is sad to see a youngster worrying constantly!!! - hope I was of some help!!

    Old 11-13-2002, 08:56 AM   #4
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    There are other disorders that often come with ADHD. And one of them is anxiety. Chances are, the Concerta is not causing the anxiety.

    Other disorders that can come with ADHD are


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