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Parents of ADHD Children

My son Has 8 years and has ADHD

he has a heart defect and his doctor wrote for him Strattera and before I gave him this medication ,I wen to his heart doctor ,and told me don’t give him anything until we make a test for ADHD to make sure that he already have, but now my question is, if the result is ok has ADHD , what can I do , I need a medication without any side effects for the heart


Only his cardiologist will be able to answer that question.  There are valvular heart defects, and there are septal heart defects.  All of those different defects can range in severity from very mild to severe.  Only your cardiologist who understands the nature & severity of his condition will be able to tell you what your options are here.

Posted by BC on Apr 29, 2014 at 4:11pm

My son has no issues with his heart, but our psychiatrist still sent him for a EKG before putting him on medication and had a paediatric cardiologist look at the results. Plus once on medication, she monitored his blood pressure to make sure he was responding well. She assured me this was just her being over cautious. And nothing at all turned up and he’s had no issues. But if she’ll do that for my son, you’re right to be cautious about yours.

Having said all that, the medication (biphentin, which is in the Ritalin family) is working great for my son and making a huge difference in his life. Medication doesn’t have to be the first thing you try, but if nothing else is working (once you’re certain it’s ADHD of course), dont be afraid to try it under your son’s cardiologist’s supervision.

Posted by Rai0414 on Apr 29, 2014 at 6:00pm

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