Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
Medication causing low heartrate & drinking Mountain Dew help ADD
My son was first dx with ADD when he was 10yrs old and was prescribed Concerta (the lowest dose), it made a world of difference in the first 2weeks he started taking it. I received calls from his teacher’s saying how great he was doing and he was participating in class. He did expierence one of the common side effects, which was weight loss and that leveled out.We see his PCP every 3months for check ups and have increased his dose once a year, with no problems. My son has always been very active and has been playing baseball since he was 4 years old, he is now 15 years old and still playing.This past year has been a little bit of a challenge, he decided to stop taking his medication approx 6 mos ago because he said he didnt like the way it made him feel and he didnt need to take it anymore. We went to the PCP to see what other options we had…Dr. was going to increase his dose to finish out the rest of the school year and then left him take the summer off and start back a few weeks before school started again. Problem now is his heart rate is too low 33 to 39, (he is athletic which is common to have a lower heart rate) Before & after being dx with ADD his heart rate has always been between 55-65, that’s been his norm. We are seeing a Pediactic Cardiologist for it. My question is has anyone else ever experienced this and to try giving him Mountain Dew before school and maybe at lunch. Mountain Dew helps kids with ADD?? I’ve read a little on it but not sure, we eat pretty healthy and dont drink any soda’s only on a very rare occations. Thank you.
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