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Parents of ADHD Children

Trying medication - Any advice?

After struggling for two years to help our (now 11 year old) son after the ADHD diagnosis, we’re finally ready to try medication.

Yesterday was his first dose of biphentin. We’re going with 10mg this week, 15mg next, etc until we reach 30mg or a point we want to stop.

We can reach his psychiatrist by voicemail anytime, but does anyone have any great advice for us?

I’m worried his tics could get worse. I’m a little worried about the loss is appetite, but less so. Our Dr assures us that if this isn’t the right one, the next one could be (75% you hit the right one right away, 90% on the second one).


It took us three medications before we found the right one.  Good luck!

Posted by Sporty on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:33am

Just keep trying.  It could take awhile to strike the right med and dosage.  But then, when you do, you’ll ask yourself “why didn’t we do this sooner?”

Good luck!

Posted by Pdxlaura on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:58am

Yes, it’s scary considering meds, we were against it for a while. Then it was inevitable when my dear son couldn’t concentrate or sit still to do 10 min of homework. Sooo glad we tried meds, he’s been on two, focalin and now vyvanse, great results!!

Posted by Starla571 on Dec 16, 2013 at 10:05am

Any blood relations to your son also have ADHD?  Since it is inherited the “same” type of it is inherited and so the drugs that may work for a relative will likely also work for him
We were lucky in that my husband was the guinea pig who tried all the meds. So when it came time for our daughter we tried first the one that works for him and it works for her.

Posted by YellaRyan on Dec 16, 2013 at 11:01pm

Nope, no one we know in the family has ADHD.  No idea where it came from… Must be a number of generations back!  Either that or a lot of undiagnosed cases.

So far we’re not seeing anything at all, but since we’re starting at a really low dose, that makes sense.  It probably isn’t enough for his weight yet.

Posted by Rai0414 on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:17am

if hes already having “tics” then don’t raise his medication cuz those tics will get worse.  Have your doctor try him on another medication especially if he has tics and already has loss his appetite, hes needs nutrition to grow and learn properly. Can take many different medication changes before you get the right one or chose a natural route which is the only healthy non addicting way to treat your child.

Posted by BexIssues on Dec 19, 2013 at 4:16am

Just be patient.  It took us almost 2 years to find the right meds after much frustrating trial and error.

Posted by dkag241 on Dec 19, 2013 at 9:53am

The tics were already there before the medication. We’re at such a low dose, the medication isn’t actually affecting him yet. We have three more increases (and weeks) until we’re at the right dosage for his weight. I’m concerned the tics will get worse but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Posted by Rai0414 on Dec 19, 2013 at 10:23pm

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