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Posted by: Anne | 2011-07-01

Q.

Weight loss whilst using Concerta

My son is 6 and is underweight for his age. He was recently put on Concerta. He has terrible mood swings especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Is this normal? will this pass? What can I give him as a supplement. He also has alot of allergies. He is also on resperlet but it makes him very drowzy. Can children his age take this meds?

Please assist.

Thanks
Anne

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Annie,

The prescribing doctor must have had a reason for putting your little one on the medication he has.

Regarding the weight loss and mood swings, yes this is 'normal' for Concerta; some children get over these side effects after a month or so, others do not. If it becomes excessive, it may be worthwhile speaking to your doctor about changing the dose or the medication all together.

Something like Ensure as a supplement can help children to maintain a little weight. Your chemist will be able to advise which of these supplements are suitable for children.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011-07-04

Dear Annie,

The prescribing doctor must have had a reason for putting your little one on the medication he has.

Regarding the weight loss and mood swings, yes this is 'normal' for Concerta; some children get over these side effects after a month or so, others do not. If it becomes excessive, it may be worthwhile speaking to your doctor about changing the dose or the medication all together.

Something like Ensure as a supplement can help children to maintain a little weight. Your chemist will be able to advise which of these supplements are suitable for children.

Best of luck,
Delia

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