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LLinder, my son did not fare well on Concerta. He too became very emotional and then I discovered he was not sleeping at all which put him in a very bad mood. He then switched to Adderall which he did well on but once again we were moving his mg's up too often. Now he is on 25 mg of Strattera and 15 mg of Adderall. This has been a heaven sent combination for him. It was like they both cancelled out any side effects of the other. He is happy, eating so much better, sleeps great, behaving at home like an angel, getting really good grades. Still in a little trouble at school but what can you expect in a class with 13 eight year old boys!

We have only been using this combination for about a month so I don't know what the future holds, but so far so good. There is another mom on this board whose son takes Concerta and Strattera with excellent results too. You might want to talk to your doctor.

Free Spirit-you always give great advice but remember that some children do better on meds than with alternative treatments. Each person is different. I wish you would refrain from throwing out that "cocaine" reference all the time. Parents have to follow their own intuition and do what they feel is best for their child. Just like I am sure yours tried to do for you. :)
When I mention alternative treatments I'm not just talking about supplements, diet and the treatments I use. I'm talking about all the wonderful treatments out there that are very rarely taken advantage of. It only makes sense to try the safest treatments first and move on to others only if its absolutely necessary. Way too many children are given these medications without even having proper testing done. The TOVA and the ADD surveys they use to diagnose are a complete joke! What about getting a complete physical, blood tests, urine tests, to rule out physical causes of the symptoms? What about testing learning styles to insure that a child is truely ADD and not just a tactile or right brained learner?

If medication is the only thing that works then so be it. But it does not change the fact that these meds are related to cocaine/amphetamines and people need to be aware of this. I am shocked at the number of people who are taking adderall and have no idea that it is amphetamine salts.

My parent tried to do what was best for me? By never researching, never reading, never looking for safer options. Drugging me throughout my childhood with amphetamines which can cause numerous problems. Why? So that I would not be hyperactive, so that I would not be diseruptive, so she wouldnt have to spend as much time helping me with my homework? Yes, she tried to do what was best for me and ended up doing more harm than good. All because other treatments were not explored first. If they had been, a lot of issues caused by the adderall would have been avoided! Of course, she is not the one who had to deal with the effects of the medication. To her the adderall = a well behaved coopertive child who did better on homework. Now I am OK, I have recovered from the years of being medicated. I know many many others however, who are not so lucky.
[QUOTE=* Free ~ Spirit *]My parent tried to do what was best for me? By never researching, never reading, never looking for safer options. Drugging me throughout my childhood with amphetamines which can cause numerous problems. Why? So that I would not be hyperactive, so that I would not be diseruptive, so she wouldnt have to spend as much time helping me with my homework? Yes, she tried to do what was best for me and ended up doing more harm than good. All because other treatments were not explored first. If they had been, a lot of issues caused by the adderall would have been avoided! Of course, she is not the one who had to deal with the effects of the medication. To her the adderall = a well behaved coopertive child who did better on homework. Now I am OK, I have recovered from the years of being medicated. I know many many others however, who are not so lucky.

Free ~ Spirit
Hi there. It sounds to me like you have alot of resentment about your parents putting you on meds as a child. I am sorry that you went through such a bad experience.

I am a 34 year old mom with 3 boys. 2 of my 3 boys have adhd and I have add. I only wish my parents had taken some steps to help me as a child. I always knew I was different but did not understand any of it.

My boys are on meds as well as myself. I am so happy that we have the option of taking medication to help us be more "normal" and productive with our lives. My oldest son is old enough to say no to the meds if he wants but he realizes that without them his life is much more difficult.

I wish you well.

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To: LLinder
My oldest son (13 years old) takes Concerta 36mg. His doctor wanted to up his medicine and when she did he was very aggressive. It was just too much medication for him. We lowered his dosage and what I found helpful to keep the meds working is med breaks. Corey does not take his meds on Sundays and for a few days during school breaks. While it is much more "crazy" around here it gives his body a rest from the meds and helps them work much more effectively.

Also remember what works for one child will not necessarily work for another child. My youngest is on Adderall and Concerta does nothing for him. I have taken Adderall and Concerta and neither helped me but Wellbutrin seems to be doing wonders. I guess we just have to be patient and experiment.

Big Hugs,
Missy