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ADHD in Boys

Seven year old with anger issues

Hi all, I’m hoping someone can offer some advice based on their own experiences. My 7 year old son has been diagnosed ADHD since he was 4. He was prescribed Intuniv and it was rather effective until about 6 months ago. His neuro added Adderall alongside the Intuniv about 3 months ago and since then he’s become very aggressive in school, and destructive at home. He’s broken things of value, intentionally damaged things, stolen things, stolen money, etc. At school he intentionally injures other students, up to and including striking them hard enough to leave a mark on their body. As a result of this behavior, he’s been warned that one more incident will result in a suspension from school. His neuro responded to this by increasing the Adderall, which seems to have had no additional effect on him negative or positive. I feel the Adderall is the direct trigger of these outbursts of negative behavior. His neuro doesn’t seem to think so. I’m at a loss here, Has anyone else dealt with such a 180 in behavior from meds? How did you handle it? Advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks all!


My 8 year old has experienced negative side effects when taking a stimulant.  He became very angry when taking Ritalin and Adderall.  My son was just taking Intuniv until this year when his teacher said he just wasn’t getting his work done.  In February, we started with Daytrana patch.  While this is a stimulant he is only experiencing negative behaviors at home after the patch has been removed.  Finding the right combination of medications has been a very frustration journey.

Posted by mama2one on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:51am

It sounds like amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo, etc) are not a good fit for him.

There are 2 types of stimulant medications: Amphetamines and methylphenidates (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant, etc). Most people do well with one type or the other, but not both.

What you describe sounds like when my son tried Adderall and Vyvanse. He was aggressive, and angry and dangerous. However, he does well on Concerta, a methylphenidate. I would talk with the doctor about trying a different type of stimulant. If your doctor isn’t this knowledgeable, I would seek out an expert in ADHD medications and kids.

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Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 16, 2017 at 9:10pm

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