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Name: nina | Date: Oct 26th, 2007 6:19 PM
my eight yr old daughter has been on concerta for about 10-12 months now and she how lost of appetite and sleep loss. she is on 54 mg a day. but she also has odd with the adhd. but i dont think the concerta helps her at all, i am trying to look into new meds for her, i find when i dont give her meds to her she is less moody towards people, on it she really is agitable. 

Name: James | Date: Oct 26th, 2007 11:37 PM
My son is also 8 almost 9, and he takes concerta and you wouldnt believe how it helped him. At first he had to take 5mg of Ritilin in the afternoon but a few months later, he didnt need the Ritilin, but the concerta works great for him. He hasnt said of any effects of the meds. his appetite sometimes is affected but not much, and watch the weight, it can decrease appetite and affect weight! 

Name: Tailwagger | Date: Nov 19th, 2007 11:06 PM
My 9 yr old son has been taking Concerta for about 2 1/2 months. The Dr. increased his dose with each visit. He is now up to 18 mg ER (extended release). He hasn't had any problems with his appetite but sometimes it's difficult for him to fall asleep. It hasn't become much of a problem though. He seems to have better concentration & self control. However, he still has great difficulty in his afternoon classes.

My son has always had minor facial tics. We always thought it was allergy related. Since he began taking the Concerta we noticed the tics have grown enormously. His Dr. gave us samples of Strattera today. We are supposed to start him on it while he is still taking Concerta. (For about a month on both until the Strattera kicks in.) He is hoping this will minimize the tics. I really don't like playing around with different meds for my son but I know he needs something. It's frustrating & scary. 

Name: Mathilda | Date: Jan 25th, 2008 12:12 PM
My child (7) started taking Concerta on Monday, he is not eating at all!!!! 

Name: momj | Date: Mar 8th, 2008 7:25 AM
Hi, my son is 10 years old and he has been on concerta for 4 years and I hate the side effects of it..I took him back to the doctor and they added strattera with the concerta cause I said I didn't really want to go up in milligrams. But they have to give him something to help him sleep and they just gave him vistarilI'm not to sure if I like all this stuff or not.. 

Name: hardin229 | Date: Mar 15th, 2008 2:22 AM
My daughter is 8 years old and has been taking Concerta for 8 weeks and now has tics, uncontrollable eye movement and mouth movement. She has lost 10 pounds and can't sleep and is exhausted. She can't sleep or eat. I have made the decision to take her off the Concerta myself, this medications is causing to many side effects. 

Name: t.elliott | Date: Mar 18th, 2008 8:55 PM
Hi My son is almost 6 and has ADHD he recently had his tonsils and adenoids out and since his surgery his ritalin caused his mouth and tongue to swell; so we switched him to concerta but this seems to do the same thing.. Has anyone out there ever heard of this happening???Please help we are soo confused and we dont know what else to do or what can be causing this .... 

Name: Cricket | Date: Mar 21st, 2008 11:11 AM
My daughter almost 14 yrs.old has ADD and it finally caught up with her when she statred 7th grade with 6 to 7 teachers. Her grades went form A's and B's to E's. Started 36mg. concerta the next day what a difference. She eats a big breakfast and she is not hungry till dinner. I give it to her around 6AM and you can tell when it starts wear off. She only takes it for school and exams. Any one else on the same program ? pop me a email. 

Name: glow-light | Date: Apr 6th, 2008 5:57 PM
i take concerta and the only side effects i suffer from is eating loss. but its the only thing which makes me calm and does work. 

Name: Patti | Date: Apr 14th, 2008 8:40 PM
Hi Cricket
After being on Concerta for a year, my 14 year old daughter has started having severe bouts of depression in the late afternoon as it wears off. She feels so bad and out of control that she herself refuses to take it anymore. Have you had or heard of such a side effect after a year of relatively little side effects? 

Name: Colorado Jon | Date: Apr 14th, 2008 10:10 PM
My 8 year old son started Concerta on Feb. 24th, 2008. In about 5 weeks, we started seeing the facial tics (moving the nose and face like the nose itches).

We took him off the meds until we could see the Dr. (3 days later). The Dr. had us switch to Adderall(sp). We did that for about a week and the tics continued.

He has been off meds for 6 days and tics are still there. We want to wait until the tics are totally gone and then decide what to do from there.

Does anyone know if there are cases where Concerta caused tics NEVER go away? Our Dr. consulted a child neurologist and he said to continue with the Concera and then get another med for the tics.

We put off starting meds until we had tried everything. It was a last resort. We really don't want to have our child on a 'med cocktail' and loose the great kid that we know he can be.

If anyone has any info on long term tics, I would apprciate a link. Please reply to this or email me at [email protected]

Name: Colorado Jon | Date: Apr 14th, 2008 10:12 PM
Sorry - wrong email address.

[email protected] 

Name: thumper1711714 | Date: Apr 21st, 2008 1:31 AM
My 11 yr. old daughter has adhd. She is taking concerta. I dont think it is helping completely. But I have noticed if we keep her off all sugar with taking the concerta she is just fine. But when she eats any amount of sugar in food or drinks. She freaks out and really bad mood swings. So a idea for everyones kids with ADHD, stop giving your kids sugar. Give them food and drinks without sugar or very low sugar content under 10grams of sugar. This no sugar really works with my daughter. So read everything you buy before giving to your child with adhd. also no food with artificial colors. Cheese/ only white cheese. I could go on and on. But you can get a list of foods from your doctor, your child shouldn't eat with adhd. 

Name: #1 stepmom | Date: Apr 22nd, 2008 10:33 PM
My 11 year old stepson is taking concerta. The side effects we see is that it curbs his appetite and if we run out he is really tired. He focuses a lot better in school but we are hoping he will not have to have it forever. We hate giving him meds but if it weren't for the meds he wouldn't be able to pass. 

Name: #1 Stepmom | Date: Apr 22nd, 2008 10:51 PM
Hi Michelle. You said your guardian cured yours and cadee's adhd. Where can i find info about what to do and what not? Me and my husband are curious. 

Name: LESLIE | Date: May 8th, 2008 2:00 AM

Name: LESLIE | Date: May 8th, 2008 2:05 AM

Name: Mother of 8 | Date: Jun 4th, 2008 9:34 PM
I have 5 boys and 3 girls.....3 of my sons are bi-polar with ADHD. My oldest son is 20. Would not take meds during high school...never turned in home work, but would ace the semester exams.....He barely graduated....and has drifted since...Impulsiveness and has no future plans......My 12 year old son was diagnosed at 5. Been on every med there is....now is on Concerta with Remeron to help sleep....and also Risperdal....to help with the aggitation that long term adhd meds have.....he is the size of his little brothers who are 9 and 10....but since he's been on the R's as we call them he has gained 10 lbs in 5 mths....and has an appetite even on the concerta....he has been on ritalin 5mg boosters since the concerta wears off by the time school is out....in case he has band preformance. It has been a trial and error with him....but I still feel it is better than what I went through with my oldest son....I have lived with not putting my oldest son on meds when he was little....I was super MOM...I could control it with behavior management...but then he hit puberty....I feel I failed to give him all the tools he needed to succeed in life...however I have done all I can with my others......
Some think the ADHD isn't real....My family history of Bi-polar and mental health problems have left us no option...either medicate or institutionalize.... 

Name: dan cryderman | Date: Jun 20th, 2008 7:16 PM
let me know the pros and cons of this medication for nine year old grandson 

Name: Linda | Date: Jul 1st, 2008 4:17 PM
My 18 year old son will be meeting with the doctor today.
We all believe he as ADD. The doctor wants to treat him with concerta. Any advice. 

Name: Colorado Jon | Date: Jul 18th, 2008 9:42 PM
After switching my son to Adderal from Concerta, we have seen a major reduction in the facial ticks. They have pretty much disappeared. Both the concerta and the adderall seem to work ok for us.

The cost of the Adderall is a lot less, at least for us. The concerta was running $109 and the Addreall is around $40. Of course it depends on your insurance. 

Name: Ellen | Date: Jul 23rd, 2008 10:28 PM
I think the "cure" the one lady was talking about is in the child's diet. My daughter was initially pre-diagnosed by her preschool teachers as possibly having ADD/ADHD. I thought she was just an energetic 4 year old. But at the same time, I wanted to do what was best for her and when I heard this I did some research and put her on the Feingold Diet. This Diet eliminates all foods that have salicilates (sp??) and additives and preservatives. You would be surprised at what you can't have... no strawberries, apples, grapes, raisins, blueberries, any food dyes, high fructose corn syrup (read labels..it's in everything!!), MSG, etc. etc. You can't even have Kraft Mac & Cheese and can only have dye free tylenol/motrin! Basically, you have to go entirely organic and eliminate a bunch of fruits as well. Sugar isn't the enemy, the chemicals in the foods are. To make a long story short, I immediately noticed a difference in her behavior and I thought "cured" her. After that, I really noticed periods of inattentiveness although her behavior was fine and she was diagnosed as having absence epilepsy and she has to take epilepsy medication which in addition to having red dyes, has side effects that mimic ADD/ADHD. So now we have to take concerta to counteract the side effects of the epilepsy medication and just started this today and although I didn't want to medicate her, this may be my only alternative. To make a long story short, I really think the Feingold Diet worked for what may have been a mild case of ADD until this epilepsy medication came along. You have to be entirely strict with it though which is almost impossible.. you have to pack foods for them wherever they go. Eating out is a thing of the past and your grocery bills will quadruple! Birthday parties become a nightmare..I explained to her that she was "allergic" to everything which made it a little easier, but still how can you expect a little one to not eat birthday cake?!?!? It really is unfortunately that foods that are good for you and don't harm you cost four times as much and aren't readily available to purchase. Good luck to anyone looking for an alternative, but it really is a lot of hard work and may not work for everyone. 

Name: Nick D | Date: Jul 26th, 2008 7:28 AM
What are you guys even thinking putting your kids on these meds? Try being a real parent for a change. Let the kid cope in his own ways. Meds will NOT solve any problem, they will just either delay them or shift the symptoms. If he misbehaves, spank him. Sometimes it's the only way. 

Name: liz | Date: Aug 5th, 2008 4:53 PM
yes my grandson we pulled him off after bad side affects,and what happens down the road .I am looking for natural solutions. 

Name: BBC | Date: Aug 8th, 2008 3:25 AM
My 8 yr. old takes it now for about 3 months...has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Sleep was never an issue before. Other than that, his appetite fell off for about 3 weeks, but has picked back up. 

Name: sue | Date: Aug 16th, 2008 9:28 PM
my daughter takes concerta xl 36 mg, it has made a huge difference especially at school. She still has her days but you can see when she hasn`t had it 

Name: sue | Date: Aug 16th, 2008 9:50 PM
After reading some of your childrens side affects my daughter is very lucky. She has not had any ticks and her appertite which was terrible before is now fantastic. Also she didnt sleep well at all so she was prescribed Melatonin to help her sleep, She doesnt take it every night but will tell me when she feels she needs it. Also her school has commented how her work has improved greatly. Sometimes she doesnt have it when off school.
I do feel children with ADHD need good routine, my daughter attends dance and drama on a regular basis and clubs shes interested in, swimming is very good for using up excess energy , she became great swimmer and used to be so tired afterwards. Cutting certain things from her diet also worked, its trial and error as every child is different in what foods affect them.
Hope this is helpful. 

Name: sue | Date: Aug 16th, 2008 10:05 PM
Trampolining is also known to be good for ADHD 

Name: Bek | Date: Aug 18th, 2008 10:06 PM
My 10 yr old has been taking concerta for the past 12 months and I have not noticed any unusual side affects. The only down side though that I have found is that he has no appetite and unless I make him eat he just dosnt. But once it starts to wear off he eats like a horse. We have regular visits to the Pediatrician to monitor him and make sure he is developing correctly. 

Name: iloontje | Date: Sep 6th, 2008 2:34 PM
hoi ik ben ilona en ik wil graag iemand spreken die ook adhd heeft 

Name: Buddhamom | Date: Sep 11th, 2008 10:43 AM
My son (9) has been on Concerta (27mg) for approx. 2 months/ The effect on our family has been dramatic. His rageful, abusive, disruptive behavior is practically gone! He can play with his brothers without ugly fights, he can allow others to have a conversation without jumping into it or interrupting. It's astonishing. The first day he hardly ate anything and the first night he did not sleep at all. Sleep resolved in 2 days and I just push more food now -- feeding him a lot in the a.m. before the med kicks in and letting him eat more around bedtime when it starts to wear off. I'm worried long term side effects but his quality of life is so much better, I'm willing to risk. Good luck everyone. Hard stuff!! 

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