Parents of ADHD Children
Anyone have experience with Strattera - AND taking weekends off?
My 7yo son has been taking Vyvanse for a little more than year now and it’s working wonderfully for his ADHD, however, we went to the pediatrician yesterday and he told us that my son’s weight loss is “alarming” and that his growth has been stunted by a full inch in the past year. He stated that only a small population of children don’t react well to stimulants and my son is one of them.
I also learned that our pediatrician doesn’t think highly of the psychiatrist that is prescribing the meds. He said she focuses only on the ADHD symptoms and not the “whole child”.
We’ve been using the same pediatrician for all of our kids for the past 12 years and I trust him. He went to an Ivy League Medical School (not sure how much that matters, but seems impressive) and he has always been straightforward with us with other issues with our kids.
I asked his advice and he said, “If it was my child, I would try Strattera next. It won’t work as well as Vyvanse for the symptoms, but will definitely help. He’ll still have some loss of appetite but it won’t be as severe as taking stimulants. By the way, I have three children with ADD. I would get him off stimulants ASAP! In the meantime, he needs a medication break, maybe on the weekends so he can put some weight back on. Definitely no meds in the summer.”
This is completely different than what the psych is saying, but I looked at his growth charts with the pediatrician who has seen him since birth and I’m panicking. He’s dropped from 90% percentile in height and weight to 70% height and 40% weight.
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