Is it possible meds don't work?
Over the past 2 years, we’ve tried several different meds for my son, 8 yrs old and going into 3rd grade this Fall (ritalin, ritalin la, concerta, vyvanse, vyvanse + intuniv, adderall, all manner of homeopathic remedies, elimination diet). All under care of a psychiatrist & pyschologist (they work as a team).
The meds have all had an impact - some negative, some positive, but my son’s impulsivity persists and continues to be a problem. We are trying to take him off meds for the summer in the hope that he’ll gain some weight, and just to get a better idea of his “normal” state again, but I worry that when he starts summer day camp on Monday that he’ll struggle with being appropriate, paying attention, etc, and will make a bad impression on the kids - all of whom will be new to him. He’s been off the meds for a few days now and is camping with his Dad this week. He says our son is pretty hyper & all over the place and he’s a little worried for him, so I don’t know. But the most recent meds he was on (for about 4 months) of 20mg vyvanse and 2mg of intuniv definitely helped in school but his teacher still had problems with his behavior.
So I feel like unless we go to a dose of something that really wipes him out, we’re not seeing a lot of benefit, and constantly starting from scratch.
Anyone else having this issue? I expected to have to try a few types and dosages to get the “right” one, but feel like I’m no further down this road than when I started. And everything seems to wear off on him really early - I think that’s the main thing.
I LOVE my kid and want him to have a happy, silly, fun, active summer, but afraid that if I send him to camp (just day camp) without any medications, he’ll struggle.
Confused, don’t know what is best anymore.
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