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Concerta, Celexa and Ritalin are all 3 really needed??

My 11 yo daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at an early age and we tried different meds for a few years. Focalin gave her hearts problems and I pulled her from meds altogether. She stayed med free for about 5 yrs. Until recently I found a new Dr and we have started on Concerta and Celexa. Sure she’s doing fine, but I don’t see an major changes. Today he decided to increase her dosage and Ritalin to the mix! I’m not a big fan of meds to began with and understand she needs something to help be successful.

What I really would like to know is Ritalin really necessary? Sure I made the comment to the Dr that it was a rather old drug and his response was “Tried and True” That didn’t ease my mind about giving it to her.  I knew someone who was on Ritalin and it made him aggressive. I know that everyone responds differently to meds, but I’m really on the fence with it. Anyone that can offer an opinion I would love to hear it.


If you don’t see any changes in your child within a few days from any of those medications I would call your doctor or find another doctor.  The longer your child is on this medications the harder the withdrawal symptoms will be.  Ritalin is instant though, you should see a change or difference within 30 minutes, instant release is out of your system in 3-4 hours but lingers useless for many hours.  All of those are great drugs but if they don’t work then talk with your doctor.  Look up as much information as possible about each drug and interactions, addictions, side effects.

Keep in mind most people young and old may need to try many different medications before finding one that works.  Concertas a good med, Ritalin has a hard harsh die off effect about 4 hours after you take it and that can cause anxiety and angry issue in children. (but not all children of course)

Doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion first without switching doctors.

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 05, 2013 at 6:36am

Here’s my two cents:  My 8 year old son is also on 3 meds.  Finally, we have found a combination that works. They are different than the meds your daughter is on, Ritalin, Daytrana and Intuniv.  But my son has never been better.  So, in our case, yes 3 meds were necessary.  You won’t know until you try it in your daughter.

Posted by cmullen17 on Dec 05, 2013 at 7:52pm

My 10 year old son is on Concerta and Ritalin and my 7 yr old is on Ritalin LA with a short-acting after school.  Ritalin is a dream for both my kids and they respond well to it. Initially Concerta was tough for my oldest so we took a break before putting him back on it a few years later.
But Bexissues is correct - you should notice a difference right away with Ritalin…Concerta is really hard the first week (side effects) but that levels off.  But if things aren’t better than I would find another doc or try another med after two weeks of trying this combo.  Just know that meds will always be changing - once you find the perfect dosage, they gain weight and grow and you will need to adjust it again.
Good luck - you are not alone!

Posted by LC2boys on Dec 05, 2013 at 10:51pm

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