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New adhd diagnosis drugs not working

My 6 year old son was diagnosed with adhd about a month ago. He was first prescribed ritalin 10 mg, which only made him emotional and had little effect on his hyperactivity and ability to focus. He is has now been on dexedrine 5mg for about a week and we still see very little change in ability to focus/calm down, and he is very emotional. The doctor said if the drugs were working correctly, the improvement in hyperactivity/focus would be significant. I’m just not seeing it. Anyone have similar experience?


  My 6 year old was diagnosed just about the same time as your son and our pediatrician said that he’d rather try adderall xr than ritalin as ritalin can have those side effects. I don’t have any experience with other than that medication but wanted to say it may be an option. The first day on adderall was night and day for my son, he had a little loss of appetite which has come back but that was it. I hope that you can find the right thing to help your son soon.

Posted by navywife13 on Jan 26, 2014 at 6:36pm

I think that it takes a few weeks to get in the childs blood stream.  The labile or emotional attitude may not be such a bad thing, as the child may be realizing how his behavior affects himself and others.  Being manic is much more fun then living in reality sometimes.  Stick it out, if you see an improvement in his ability to track or ability to read without losing his place the medications are working.  Hang in there

Posted by ahyabooboo on Jan 29, 2014 at 6:09pm

My son is 9yrs and was first put on Adderall but found it didn’t get him threw the day as needed.  I’ve switched to Vyvanse and am happy.
Maybe worth a look?

Posted by cwgrlyipp on Jan 30, 2014 at 12:55am

My son has tried all of the stimulants and nothing worked or he had side effects.  We moved onto the non stimulants now, hopefully something works.  I haven’t seen that “night and day” change with him yet and can’t wait for that day smile. Good luck and hang in there!

Posted by mrp on Jan 31, 2014 at 9:20am

We felt our tike was too young for medication (5 yr.old) so we came to this site and found an alternative play attention. It is working great for our own family. We did not dismiss the medications but just didn’t want to go down that rabbit hole if we did not have to. You have come to the right place perhaps peruse the section on medication and treatment reviews.CHEERS.

Posted by Elly on Feb 01, 2014 at 2:00am

HI Elly

Your experience touched by life, as I have a 5 yr old son that is facing the decision of medication. He is in kindergarten, and I feel the teachers he is working with are putting pressure on us as a family to get him om medication.  I am not sure he is ready, and I know we are not.  I feel I have not explored other alternatives enough to decide on medicating.  Thanks for your suggestion!

Posted by josh'smom on Feb 08, 2014 at 2:12am

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