ADHD

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Posted by: Chantel | 2009/10/29

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ADD Medication

My son is 12 and has been diagnosed with ADD at 7 years old. He has been on Rittalin ever since and changed to Concerta a year ago. Altough his mood swings are less on Concerta it still has side affects, as Rittalin, like no appetite and he feels constantly tired. He is not hiperactive,just has a concentration problem. We also struggle at school. He now refuses to take the meds, because he says he falls asleep in class. I am thinking of trying Stratera but I am concerned that this will also just make him tired. Are there any drugs out there that treats the Attention Deficit and not the hyperactivity?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Chantel,
All the medications available are primarily used for concentration difficulties. The reason hyperactivity is reduced in hyperactive children is due to their ability to limit their focus of attention to the task at hand, rather than all other sights, sounds and tactile sensations. Unfortunately all the medications have side effects; how severely they are experienced differs from child to child. Strattera is often given at night so the child does not get sleepy during the day; of the three medications it is said to have the longest lasting effect.
Best wishes.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2009/10/30

Dear Chantel,
All the medications available are primarily used for concentration difficulties. The reason hyperactivity is reduced in hyperactive children is due to their ability to limit their focus of attention to the task at hand, rather than all other sights, sounds and tactile sensations. Unfortunately all the medications have side effects; how severely they are experienced differs from child to child. Strattera is often given at night so the child does not get sleepy during the day; of the three medications it is said to have the longest lasting effect.
Best wishes.

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