Posted by: Lilly | 2009-03-21


A whole new perspective!!!

Ritallin - NO NEVER! That was my reaction when my son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 4! He'  s extremely intellegent and I think that worsened his whole condition, because there'  s so much that his able to do, but ADHD had a negative affect on all things! I chose to use Strattera, because it works for 24 hours and not just, 4, 8 or 12 and because it'  s not a stimulating drug, meaning the side affects is almost zero!! Just like other medicine for ADHD it only started like 4 weeks after he started using it. He was a total different child since the strattera started to work. We noticed that his concentration is still not what it was suppose to be, so we tried Bio-Strath. PHEW! We almost died, he got so hyper-active and wanted to clomb out the walls, just trying to get rid of whatever'  s making him feel so crazy! We stopped that and went back to the doctor. We ended up giving him 40mg Strattera each day. Strattera is terribly expensive, but it worked for y son, he ended up being the top student in his class at the end of last year! I'  m so proud of him! As time went past, Strattera lost it grip on my son! We were back at square one! Why? Well after using Strattera for almost 2 years, his body got used to it! We were terrified, what now? The doctor told us that we should try the Ritallin Capsules in the morning and Risperdal Tablets in the evenings with ADDvance during the day! He explained to us that the Ritallin that had the terrible side affects are the injected ones and that Ritallin in time changed so much to avoid those "  side-affects"  . We were crushed, because we know all the bad things that Ritallin does and don'  t forgt the fact that it makes your child "  dumb and numb"  ! Today I say WHATEVER to that statement! My son is almost a month or just over a month on Ritallin and he'  s his teacher'  s best pupil! At home he'  s wonderful, playing, communicating and interacting on a whole different level! He actually talks long interesting dialogues and I can see who my osn is. He and I recognise his "  likes"  and "  dislike"  in life - He is turning into an "  indavidual"  . Funny thing is, on Strattera he lost his appetite in full, but know he actually eats and enjoy eating. I'  m upset that world always have to give a person such a wrong interpretation about many things in this life and at the end you find out, that it all was so unesseccary. Remember, you can always just try something different, even if it is Ritallin, but the choice is yours if you want to continue with it or not! Today, I can go to restaurants, shops and even see a movie with my son, because I know he can behave and still be a child! Thank you Ritallin for making my life joyfull again! To all the parents out there, God'  s strength and good luck!

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lilly,
Congratulations to you and your son! I agree that there is so much negativity out there about Ritalin and am happy to hear you had a completely different experience. Your words are certainly true: you can try something, and then make the decision on whether or not you want to continue.
Thank you for your feedback.
Kind regards,

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Posted by: BMJ | 2009-03-24


All I can say is amen to that. Ritalin made a wonderful difference to my 7y old and we have not looked back one day.


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