I dont know what to do about this medication...

My son was riecently diagnosed with adhd. He is only 7 years old. His Doc perscribed Adderoll 10mg and I believe its the XR one as well. I have heard many bad things about this medication and I am scared. But I have also heard good things. I am torn on wether or not I should give it to him. He is not only extremley hyper all of the time but he also is very mean to his lil sister. For no reason at all he will come up to her and yell in her face or hit her, push her down or take whatever she has at the time away from her and run. I have a really hard time getting him to sit still long enough to just eat a meal at the table with the family. I have tried counceling he is currently going now and also attends a group every week with other kids. Im at a loss on what to do now. This med has me pretty worried and I havent started it yet until I have learned more about it and so far I am not likeing what I am seeing. If there are some other possible routs I can go or a safer way of treatment please let me know. I am new to this field of adhd and any advice will be very helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Feb 17, 2012
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Is it ADHD NEW
by: TJ Chambers

I completely understand your passion to help your son. You do the best that you can and hold out on what you feel is harmful while searching for the right solution but nothing seems to work.

Your son continues to struggle as you said, you come to the last resort and just do what everyone says to do, medication.

Its really not your fault.

When you don't know what is causing the underlying issues then there is no way that you can even begin to find a solution.

Once you understand the 3 causes of out of control ADHD symptoms that tell the underlying issues, you can look for solutions within that cause.

For example, (real story here shared in the 3 causes of out of control ADHD symptoms) if a child had half her brain removed and a teacher says this child has ADHD, medication or vitamins wont help this girl. She has a real impairment.

So the parents would never find the solution because of that no matter how hard they tried.

Here is another real story. If a child is drinking Capri Sun drinks and getting loaded with soluble aluminum, no herbal supplement, vitamins, medication is going to help this child.

What this child needs is to stop drinking Capri Sun and be detoxed of the aluminum.

What I suggest is to learn as much as you can about the 3 Causes of Out of Control ADHD Symptoms.

Click here to find out about the 3 Causes of ADHD symptoms

Feb 17, 2012
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My eight year old son - new to this... NEW
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to take a moment because I am experiencing the same kind of fear and anxiety about exposing my son to this medication. Just yesterday the doctor handed me the prescription and I can hardly breathe thinking about it now. I first started hearing that my son may be ADD or ADHD when he was just three years old. Like many of the other people posting I was 100% against medicating him. I figured he would grow out of it. When he turned four, several more meetings with teachers and they insisted this medication could really help him. I stayed firm. Five and six, same thing. We worked so hard on homework and learning. We did everything we could to make it fun, to be consistent, we tried every hooked on phonics and learning dvd on the market but he still was unable to retain anything he learned as far as reading and writing. He simply couldn't be still. He couldn't slow down. He couldn't retain. He wasn't growing out of it either. It became harder and harder for him to sit still and focus. Even when he is sitting, he is moving somehow. He hasn't known a moment of contentment. He is always feeling bored and activities that do interest him don't interest him long. I pray one day he will know what it feels like to just peacefully be. He is the most amazing, funny, beautiful, compassionate, intelligent little boy ever. I don't want to do anything that would change him even a bit. That said, this year he is in second grade. He has become so sad. He feels ashamed that he can't learn like the other kids. He can't read or write beyond a kindergarton level. He works so hard. His teachers all say, he tries so hard. We have to help him. Also, because he in the resource (special education classes) he has issues socially and he feels like everyone picks on him and thinks he's stupid. Again, he is so incredibly intelligent. His vocabulary is so impressive, his imagination is absolute brilliance, his ability to remember things that really intrigue him is staggering but when it comes to reading, writing or focusing at school he simply can't. This is not disobedience, he just really can't. Anyway, for the last few weeks he has cried at night. "It's impossible for me to learn to read Momma. Please help me." Because I feel like I have exhausted every other option I have gone far enough to have the prescription filled and now I sit here on pause, terrified to try it yet absolutely desperate to help him.

Aug 04, 2011
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Start parenting and stop drugging
by: Anonymous

PLEASE PLEASE STOP relying on a pill to do the work that you need to do as a parent. I hate to be harsh, but this "my son's behavior is out of control I need to drug him" needs to stop. I understand your frustrations, but really? A 7 and 5 year old on a class C drug!!?? For what!!?? Because they get out of line here and there! Best advice is to stay away from food dyes and processed foods. I am on Adderall as an adult and I would NEVER consider putting my child on it. I hate the drug and wish I didn't have to take it. However I would have sleep attacks all day if I didn't. Your children are also 60% more likely to develop parkinson's disease later in life.....not to mention the other yucky side effects it has. Please stop drugging your kids.

Jun 22, 2011
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I know how you feel!
by: Anonymous

My son is 5 and as I read what you wrote about your son I felt as though it were our family. My son does the exact same things to his sister and is very hyper. We have started him on adderall 5mg I really haven't seen an improvement. He actually is experiencing all the listed side effects nervousness, mood swings, sensitivity at times then he is super irritable at others! It has only been one month we have a check up on friday. I'm afraid to keep him on this drug yet I really don't know what else to do! Anyway from one mom to another keep the faith that tomorrow will be a better day!

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