Parents of ADHD Children
Trying a stimulant again after bad side effects
Hi, my son is 6.5 years old and takes intuniv (2 mg) and risperdal (.125 mg 2x’s a day). When he was frat diagnosed with ADHD, the dr prescribed a stimulant (Aderall). Unfortunately, he lost a lot of weight very quickly and we had to switch to Ritalin after 3 weeks. The Ritalin worked well, but we noticed he was very emotional. One day, he had a full blown panic attack and the dr said to take him off immediately. From there, we found a psychiatrist who said to try to short acting adderall. He took the first dose and had terrible facial ticks within two hours of taking it and was emotional so he said to skip the second dose and cone back the following week. Anyways, after just that one dose, he became very aggressive (which he already was) and it felt like it took a few days for it to fully leave his system. Anyways, we finally found intuniv and risperdal and he’s been on it for about 6 months and I think it’s working well. His dr feels that we need to try a stimulant again though. He feels that he’s still too impulsive and can be aggressive (although not really). The real problem is that unless his day is fully structured, he just can’t handle it. He can not handle unstructured play very well and needs to play board game or xbox. He can sit still and focus at school if he likes the activity, but if it’s something that’s hard or he doesn’t like, he can handle it. So I have two questions - first, would there be any reason to expect tat he can all of the sudden hands a stimulant? It’s been about 20 months since we last tried it, but why would one all of the sudden work?
And second, do those seem like reasons to add a second medication? I guess Im struggling with the idea that he’s doing well for the most part so why push it? I don’t feel the medicine will make him “perfect” yet I feel the dr is always saying it should be working better? I am very in favor of medication if it helps, but what is our goal? Do we want our children to be able to just function or are we going for more than that? I’d love to know thoughts on this. I’m really struggling with this right now.
Thanks in advance!
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