Parents of ADHD Children
Vyvanse to Strattera
My child has been taking Vyvanse for a little over a year and has lost far too much weight. I’ve been concerned about every time we meet with the Psychiatrist, but she just kept saying it was ok and expected. I brought my son for an annual physical with the peditrician and we are now taking medication “vacations” on the weekends to help him gain weight (it’s working!!). Our pediatrician (who has 3 children of his own with ADD/ADHD) has recommended that we stop Vyvanse and consider Strattera, a non-stimulant because my son has lost so much weight, although he’s put on 3 lbs in the past 4 weeks because we are focusing so much on it.
The Psychiatrist has been completely unhelpful in that her response is “Sure, we can try that!” Why the HELL didn’t she bring it up in the first place????
OK - anyone have any insight out there about the transition or good or bad experiences? The Vyvanse works GREAT for him at school and I don’t mind that he’s a bit of a wild man on the weekends. But I’m wondering if we should make the change anyway.
Of concern, the Vyvanse is in and out of the system where my understanding is that Strattera needs to build up in the system, so the weekend breaks might make it tough for him in school on Mondays.
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