ADHD

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Posted by: Lynne | 2010-08-12

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Curious

Hi
i would like your advice on the following.
my daughter is turning 11yrs old and is ADHD with oppositional defient syndrome.
we have had many ups and downs and are at a new doctor with her. he has now prescribed concerta 72mg , epilim 300/500mg day/night and rispelet 1.5/2mg day/night.
this seems to be alot of meds for a little girl but the most important thing we feel is to enable her to get an education and not to fail her in not getting her the best available help.
my questions are, is this medication seem normal and can concerta and epilim be taken at the same time? i was told that they should not be taken together.
just a bit concerned and curious.
many thanks

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lynne,

As I am not a medical doctor I cannot comment on whether or not Epilim and Concerta can be taken together. There can be no harm in discussing your concern with your GP or another specialist as well as with the prescribing doctor. You are more than entitled to ask any questions and ask for substantiating studies if that would ease your mind.

As a mom, you only want what is best for your daughter and rationalising medications can be very difficult, especially when we don't have the knowledge the doctors have tucked away in their brains.

To answer you question regarding 'normal' medication levels, there is unfortunately no standard; it is entirely dependent on the person and the situation.

I wish I could provide you with more concrete answers. Listen to your gut and keep a record of your daughters daily behaviours. If you notice any negative changes speak to your prescribing doctor about them. If all the changes you see are positive, there is likely little to worry about.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Henri | 2010-08-13

Very often kids that are diagnosed wth ADHD actually have Aspergers Syndrome. You should definitely check this out especially that she has ODD as she is basically lettng you know that she has needs that are not being met.

Aspergers can't be treated but the coexisting conditons it causes like anger, depression, anxiety, ODD etc can be treated once it is all understood correctly.

Reply to Henri
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010-08-13

Dear Lynne,

As I am not a medical doctor I cannot comment on whether or not Epilim and Concerta can be taken together. There can be no harm in discussing your concern with your GP or another specialist as well as with the prescribing doctor. You are more than entitled to ask any questions and ask for substantiating studies if that would ease your mind.

As a mom, you only want what is best for your daughter and rationalising medications can be very difficult, especially when we don't have the knowledge the doctors have tucked away in their brains.

To answer you question regarding 'normal' medication levels, there is unfortunately no standard; it is entirely dependent on the person and the situation.

I wish I could provide you with more concrete answers. Listen to your gut and keep a record of your daughters daily behaviours. If you notice any negative changes speak to your prescribing doctor about them. If all the changes you see are positive, there is likely little to worry about.

Best wishes,
Delia

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