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Confused about treatments

Hi, my daughter who is almost 8 was prescribed meditate CD, I am very worried about the side effects and have been stalling, my homeopathist recommended Baryta Carbonica,but I know nothing about it, and am scared to give as well, any advice out there?

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Ranash,

It is natural to be nervous about giving your child stimulant medication. I was terrified at first as well. And you are wise to be leery of natural treatments too, as they are not regulated or tested and some can have unwanted side effects.

This article on ADDitudeMag.com might help you with the perspective you need to go ahead and try something: Free to Enjoy the Life he Deserves (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10078.html). As well, at the end of the article you can enter your email address to get ADDitude’s free guide: Children and Medication: How to Use ADHD Meds.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Oct 29, 2013 at 6:06pm

My son who is 9 was diagnosed with ADHD at the end of last month.  In two week we go back to the pediatrician and discuss what to put him on. I am terrified I will make the wrong choice.  He gave me a list of different meds.  All of the meds seem to be stimulant meds.  I am learning that there are also non stimulant meds.  How do I know what one is right for him?  Do I just go with what the Dr says?
  We will be on break from school for Thanksgiving and out of state.  Do you think now is a good time to start him and see if he has any reactions? Has anyone ever had major reactions that needed immediate medical help?  On the fence if we should start while on break or not.  I want to make the right decisions for my child but don’t even know where to start.

Posted by Alice07 on Nov 13, 2013 at 1:56am

@Alice07,

There is no way to know which medication is going to be best for your child without trying them. There are a lot of different stimulants to choose from and they are all different in one way or another.

Things to consider are if he can swallow a pill or not, if he has sensory issues that may make the patch a bad idea, if you can manage giving him medication multiple times a day or if it’s better to have a long-acting medication, etc.

The doctor should do a full exam, including listening intently to his heart, before prescribing.

I always try to have a new medication coordinate with a school holiday so that I can see how my son does on it before sending him to school with new medication. When I couldn’t do that, I volunteered in his classroom so I could keep an eye on him. Adding a new medication to the stress of traveling may not be a good idea though.

Good luck!
Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 13, 2013 at 7:34pm

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