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Parents of ADHD Children

Stimulants causing dullness in comprehension

My 10 year old son has been on stimulants since he was 5.  Last year we started with a speech therapist who saw him one day with meds (concerta 36) and one day without.  She told me that she felt that he was better able to complete tasks when off medication than when he was on.  And, at the same time, he was finishing up a neuropsychological evaluation and I asked the doctor if she would test him for 20 minutes without medication.  She did and said that, even though he was incredibly impulsive, when he eventually completed a task, he scored better than when on medication.
I have been reading how these stimulants can ‘dull’ the senses and it’s been shown to me by two professionals.  My son’s psychopham changed him to short-acting Focalin, but he’s still got that fog.  Non-stimulants are totally ineffective.  But, I feel like I"m causing damage by keeping him on this medication that dulls his senses and causes him to not perform well academically.  Anyone going through this now and any thoughts on alternatives?


Concerta & Focalin are both in the methylphenidate family.  Has he ever taken anything from the other class of stimulants—the amphetamines?

There are plenty of people who “respond” to both classes (both “help” some of the ADHD problems) but one class works much better than the other. 

(For some only one class works at all; for some neither does).

I am one of the ones where both “work,” but the methylphenidate class only works a little bit, I don’t really feel like “me,” and it’s just kind of a blah feeling for lack of a better term (but kinda speedy, anxious & weird the first couple hours).  Don’t feel like that at all with the amphetamines.

Posted by BC on Feb 06, 2014 at 9:01am

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