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Parents of ADHD Children

Medication without reduced appetite

Has anyone used a (non-stimulant or other) medication for inattentive ADD that does not cause your child to have a decrease in appetite?

My son’s focusing problems are becoming worse, but he is also supposed to be gaining weight, so doctors have advised against meds, but I think it is worth a try if possible, and if there’s something I could suggest. My son is 10 and very smaill.


Hi Jen3!

An ADHD specialist will know which alternative meds will not reduce his appetite and potentially help with ADHD. Ask your doctor or seek the advice of a specialist.

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

Posted by adhdmomma on Dec 27, 2013 at 2:56am

My son (9)was on Concerta and then Vyvanse. Vyvanse was not as bad for the minimal eating and he did gain a few pounds back. We then added Intuniv ( can be used alone or as an adjunct for ADHD ) and he gained almost all his weight back in 4 months! Looks so much better !! I’ve also been told by a child psychiatrist that the appetite suppression usually wears off after 2-3 years. It’s a while to wait but it could also be why my son started gaining when we switched to the Vyvanse. Time wise it makes sense. But I believe the Intuniv did help the rest come back.
  Good Luck. I feel your frustration.

Posted by Carebear on Dec 28, 2013 at 11:51pm

My son is small for his age too. His medication definitaly effects his appetite but we’ve kept his gaining weight by doing a few things:
1- Give him a huge protein rich breakfast before meds kick in
2- I send him to school with a carnation instant breakfast drink. He’s rewarded to bringing home the empty bottle so I know he drank it. I also refill the bottles using whole milk and powdered carnation- cheaper and more fat.
3- He gets ultra hungry around 7 so we make him a sandwich then
4- Medication vacations to catch up on eating

I hope this helps. I know it’s just another thing to worry about with a child that already causes you to worry a lot, but without the medication we’re completely lost.

Posted by evans_mom on Dec 30, 2013 at 8:54pm

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