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Medication not working - HELP!

My 7 year old son has recently been started on meds for his ADHD. He first tried Ritalin, which was a disaster for him, and is now having similar problems with Dexamphetamine. When taking the meds he gets teary, agitated and aggressive. I’m worried that we are not going to find something to help him.
Has anyone else had similar experiences and found something that worked?


Lots of other choices, don’t give up. We’ve been through them all from age-17, and even then you’re changing and tweaking. Thus the ongoing scales for teachers and parents.
Lots of info out there maybe even more reliable, but there are 5 different groups of drugs , and many drugs in each group, and your son has only tried 2 drugs. It sometimes takes a while and sometimes they ate used in combination with each other. For a while my son was on a non stimulant(strattera) with an amphetamine adderall and blood pressure medication that has been found to have benefits for ADHD , clonidine.

Posted by JulieBmotherof3 on Jul 26, 2014 at 10:57am

JulieB is right, don’t give up.  I will also offer that not only will you need to scientific about your opinion of whether a medication is working (ask yourself and another adult the same questions/same times of day to get fact based observations)
You will also benefit from understanding some of the more common side affects and strategically how to deal with them. 
My son and I were lucky, he benefitted tremendously from the 2nd medication tried - however if I had listened to my DH, and not done my own reading… We would have taken my son off the medication within a few weeks due to appetite suppression.  Although this side affect remains - instead i am strategic about how we deal with it every day (meds taken after breakfast, lunch of something, even ice cream! Required with a small but tasty protein shake, later dinner…. And then we provide a smorgasbord of a bedtime snack that I am sure would look bizarre to any other family, but that’s when his appetite kicks in and I can get fruits, veggies, and protein in his growing body. 

So scientifically observe, remain patient and optimistic and then be a creative problem solver.

Posted by momtodom on Jul 26, 2014 at 3:13pm

We had to change and adjust several times before finding the right medication and dosage. My son has been on meds for 6 years. He has been on one for a while now that does pretty good but I think we may have to change it again soon because he has got another year older and bigger in size. The key is finding the right meds and dosage. It’s a process, believe me.

Posted by DeborahP on Jul 26, 2014 at 6:29pm

Have you tried nonstimulants? My son does well on Intuniv. The lowest dose is just 1mg.

Hope this helps you.
Sue H in PC, Ohio

Posted by SueH on Jul 26, 2014 at 6:31pm

Don’t give up! There are meds out there to help. It maybr a ffew different ones. Ask around, see what the options are. Our M.d. for my kids will only do 1 med change at a time. It may seem like a slow process, but that way you know what change it took to get there.  It can take certain meds 4-6 weeks to.get to therapeutic levels.I have 3 adhd kids. It takes time but a whole lot of patients from you.
Good Luck

Posted by lyons30 on Jul 27, 2014 at 4:58am

Hi evelina!

Definitely don’t give up. ADHD medication is difficult, but it’s possible to fine tune it. Here are some strategies:

Hang in there! The journey is worth the result.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 28, 2014 at 3:47pm

Thank you everyone for your advice/encouragement. I guess I am a little naive in regards to medication. My two brothers were diagnosed and treated for ADD 20 years ago, and the first meds they were given worked, so I was quite surprise when things turned from bad to worse with Isaiah during his medication trials.

Posted by Evelina on Jul 29, 2014 at 12:04pm

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