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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!! 

Name: Tayna | Date: Sep 12th, 2008 6:34 PM
My son is 7 and he started concerta 18mg about 1 month ago and i have noticed at first sleep walking but now he is doing much better especially in school, he was on strattera for 1yr but it stopped working, so the dr switched him to concerta, also they did give him the sleeping pill but i refuse to give it to him. 

Name: Michelle | Date: Oct 6th, 2008 1:22 PM
My son has had a hard time mentally focusing in school for several years. He was diagnosed this summer with a visual processing disorder but also had a small amount of ADHD in that he has a hard time keeping his attention on a few subjects at school. Basically because he has the processing disorder. When he's lost his attention he will bend paperclips or fidget with his hands. They labeled this part the ADHD in a very mild level. Against my initial feelings, I did let his pediatrician start him on the very lowest dose of Concerta. He's 11 years old. After about two weeks we did notice that he seems to be keeping his concentration better, following through with assignments, etc. Last week, however, they increased the dosage saying that the effects we were seeing weren't real because nobody gets effects with the low dose. I now disagree because if he had a mild case of ADD I would think that a mild dose would help. SO..then....for the last few days I've noticed that he is more easily upset, and has started a blinking that is very upsetting to see. He seems to blink hard and slow and occasionally his eyes will wander when he does blink. I completely feel that this higher dosage has caused this. My only concern is that we have stopped it for two days and still see the blinking! It breaks my heart to think that this may be permanent. Has anyone had this happen and then have it stop after stopping the med or dropping the dose? 

Name: Linn | Date: Oct 11th, 2008 12:09 AM
My 9 y/o child was diagnosed with ADHD about 3 wks ago, the first 2 days WOW, he felt good, I noticed a difference in his concentration skills and so did his teacher. Well, then he started complaining of headaches and he was in great pain the next 2 days so I skipped a day and now he does not want to take it. His dad is old school and listens to everybody else except research for himself and thinks it will damage him in the long run now he has convinced my son he does not need it, and will not be taking it. Any suggestions with a medication w/o so many side effects ie: headaches and stomach aches. I know the appetite will decrease, I can deal with that but not to see my child in pain 

Name: Linn | Date: Oct 11th, 2008 12:12 AM
Diana ref your post 10/18/07 I would like to know if you received any feedback your child sounds just like my 9 y/o he did fail 3rd grade and cannot pass the fcat and in FL you must to pass to the next grade, just wondering how all is working now, this is real new to me 

Name: Heather | Date: Oct 13th, 2008 7:59 PM
HI, My 8 year old son started taking Concerta in July. HE too is up really late and his appetite has decreased. AFter the 12 hours are up, we feed him again before we put him to bed. We have a hard time getting him up in the morning for school. I would like to try something to help him get to sleep but my husband is against it. HOw do you feel about the Chlonidine?

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Name: Jennie | Date: Oct 18th, 2008 2:53 AM
My son used to take it (he's 7) and he had insommnia as a side effect, lack of appetite and he also "came down" off of it really hard with 're-bound' symptoms of the ADHD (aggression especially). He's now on strattera and that serves him a LOT better. 

Name: Jennie | Date: Oct 18th, 2008 2:54 AM
One more thing: He has some tics and they were made MUCH MUCH worse on the concerta and are pretty much GONE on the strattera 

Name: Jelly | Date: Oct 18th, 2008 2:47 PM
My 7 year old son is on 27mg Concerta. He has also had Ritalin LA in the past, and Concerta before that. Side effects seem to come and go... does this happen to anyone else? Maybe it just depends on his mood, who knows! His appetite is fantastic at the moment, but sleep problems persist... that is, he has trouble getting to sleep but once he's gone, he's gone! I have noticed a massive rebound over the last week or so and might top him up during the afternoon as the settling problem is compounded by the rebound thing. Also consulting with paediatrician to discuss meds AGAIN!
I think the whole medication thing is a minefield, personally, and I HATE that my son has to take them. But I hate to think what his life would be like without... especially at school. 

Name: May | Date: Oct 27th, 2008 3:38 AM
Our son has been on Concerta for three weeks now. we don't have a diagnosis but feel he may be slight ADHD. We have made the decision for meds as he is having a hard time at school keeping his hands to himself. He was speech delayed and as a result years later is a bit socially challanged in getting his emotions and frustrations across to his classmates, in effect, physically keeping hands to himself. he is not violent or aggressive, just cannot express himself with the right words as to when he does or doesn't want to play with kids. my question for anyone is have you noticed a change in your child's mood. ie, does he or she become moody, crabby etc at the end of the 12 hour cycle. we find that he doens't at all seem to be himself and are just wondering if it will eventually work itself out as it is still quite new in his system. 

Name: shannon | Date: Oct 27th, 2008 9:11 AM

Name: needhelpintexas | Date: Nov 5th, 2008 4:15 AM
i have a friend whos daughter is on concerta and she is eight and the doctor wanted to put her on 56mg today but her other doctor told her mom that it would overdose her i just need someone to tell me where i can find a weight chart or tell me the weight limit on the pills for each dose please 

Name: may | Date: Nov 6th, 2008 3:50 AM
in response to ineedhelpintexas, i think most kids start on the lowest dose (18 mg) to see if it starts to help the behavior and through constant monitoring with the doctor, determine if the dosage should be increased. i don't know of any weight ratio/dosage ratio chart. maybe ask a pharmacist, they should have the info. hope this helps :) 

Name: Maschino89 | Date: Nov 28th, 2008 11:46 PM
My 9 year old son has been on Concerta for two months. We noticed little improvement, but his teacher did see some progress. Unfortunately, we have now noticed a tic that he is doing with his head. We took him off Concerta immediately and pray that it will go away. Good luck. 

Name: Tina | Date: Jan 22nd, 2009 7:30 PM
My son is 8 now we were told he had ADHD when he was six. I put him on concerta for about 3 months He was like being on a roller coaster up and down stomach pain all the time. head ache and would not eat he lost about 7 pounds at that point I knew that this kind of controlled substance was not for him or my family it has taken me a very long time to get where we are but now we go the all natural way LISTOL as far as I am concerned to many of us get suckered in to drugging our children. I have felt so much guilt for it I knew better I would never hurt my children but I was willing to give him a narcotic. I pray that everyone can find an alternative for there ADD/ADHD perscribed MEDS are not the answer there are other way's to help our childern and ourselves GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL... 

Name: Monique | Date: Jan 22nd, 2009 10:41 PM
Can concerta cause severe eye twitching? 

Name: mom.of.sweet.kid | Date: Feb 3rd, 2009 2:04 AM
Moms, PLEASE do not give your children melatonin!!!!! It has not been proven to be safe in children. True, it is a substance that is naturally made by the body, and our bodies' production of it decreases with age. Our bodies' ability to produce melatonin on its own is also decreased when melatonin supplements are taken. PLEASE do not do this to your children.... they will be dependent on sleep aids for the rest of their lives! 

Name: Lena | Date: Apr 23rd, 2009 12:40 PM
I'm 17 years old and was just recently diagnosed with ADHD & given concerta.
I take it every morning when I get up (usually around 7-8) and go to bed around 10-11PM. I never have any trouble falling asleep although it might be because of my late bedtime.
I'd have to say I agree with Amanda, do watch your child. He may not develop tics but appetite suppression is the most prominent side effect for most people.
Hope this helped 

Name: cp | Date: Apr 24th, 2009 7:46 PM
please click on my comment on vyvanse. cp 

Name: Meg | Date: Apr 30th, 2009 4:20 PM
I have been taking Concerta for a year and half now and I haven't had really any unusual side effects just some of the ones that they mention on the possible side effects list. I did have a loss of appetite and weight loss for about 2 months when I first began taking it, but it has since resolved. It is a smart idea to eat before you take the medication in the morning because it can sometimes make you sick if you don't eat, because your blood sugar will drop and you will get dizzy. That is one of the main problems I have, but if you eat a well-nutritioned breakfast in the morning you will be fine. I really think that Concerta is one of the better ADD/ADHD medications out there. When I first started taking it my grades jumped up 20 points and I was able to have more focus and the things I needed to focus on! 

Name: Elena | Date: Jun 4th, 2009 2:17 AM
My 9 year old started Concerta this schoold year. He is up to 27mg. It drastically changed our lives. However, he started with this tic, where he clears his throat (about 6-8 times per minute!!!). I first thought that it was his asthma, but treatments there did not improve. Also the throat clearing diminishes drastically during the weekend, when he is off meds.

One more thing - when he comes home from school he is angry, impulsive, frustrated, suicidal. This lasts for couple of hours only.

What do I do - do I keep him on meds? His teacher says that she even hates to grade him when he is not on medication, because he is a completely different kid. 

Name: Helen | Date: Jun 16th, 2009 12:07 PM
My Son is 6. He started taking Concerta 4 days ago, the evenings have so far been really hard work, lots of mood swings, crying over silly things. I'm not sure what to do. Sorry i couldn't have been of more help. 

Name: paula | Date: Jul 30th, 2009 8:26 PM
my son was taking adderall, he was having alot of tics then he was too hyper so the doctor took him off and started staterra and this pill made him angry crying all the time it help with his hyper but then it made him really angry. now they change him to concerta and this pill make him not be able to sleep until2am it doesnt make him hungry at all and it make him sad n depress i give up on pills and i rather deal with his promblems. 

Name: kimp | Date: Jul 30th, 2009 9:09 PM
my son has just started taking concerta i`m not too sure about it yet for the 1st week it was great he was just like any other kid but it seems that the more it gets into his system the less it works, he is so emotional and his reactions are all over the top and since taking concerta he doesnt sleep even after 4 sleeping tablets i`ve decided to give them a chance but im not sure about them at all 

Name: Terri | Date: Aug 27th, 2009 6:52 PM
To Elena - 6/3/09 - I didn't see this site until now. My 10 year old is on Concerta and has been clearing his throat 6-8 times per minute. We at first thought it was allergies, but his doctor believes it is tics from the Concerta. We are taking him off Concerta for a few days to see. What have you found? 

Name: Terri | Date: Sep 5th, 2009 12:57 AM
Well, my son has been off Concerta for a week now and his throat clearing has cleared up. Now it's just once in a while...if even that. It's wonderful, however he is on Strattera alone now and not sure what to think. He was on both, now they've increased the dosage of Strattera. He is tolerating it well, however he is more sassy, defiant and rude. Not sure if these are ADHD symtoms....or 10 year olds bad behavior. 

Name: Sandy | Date: Sep 9th, 2009 3:39 AM
Have you tried Vyvance. My son was on concerta and I hated the way it made him feel and act. I switched him to Vyvance over a year ago and I have not had a problem. Hope this helps. 

Name: Terri | Date: Sep 11th, 2009 7:00 PM
Sandy......what are the side effects of Vyvance? Is this a stimulant? His dr. casually mentioned it over the summer, but I thought I remember him saying it was a stimulant too, and could still enhance the tics. 

Name: Fran | Date: Nov 2nd, 2009 11:19 PM
My son is 10 & he has been on it for at least 3 years & i haven't seen any side effects, he even has an appitie when he didn't on other meds. He took chlonidine for a while but it made him sleep to hard & he was wetting the bed. :( 

Name: Theresa ann | Date: Nov 26th, 2009 4:10 PM
I've been reading up on this concerta pill that children take.Some of the things i found out were scary to hear.Mu son has been on this medication for a year or so. I don't understand wht they put him on them because it hasn't been tested on 6 and under.Anyon out there with more information leave a message @ [email protected]. I am very worried and me personally I want him off the drugs.That's my veiw on this drug. 

Name: amanda michelle ramos | Date: Nov 30th, 2009 6:56 PM
i have 2 kids taking the same medication concerta for adhd they have been on it for a little over 2 years and i dont have any problems with it no ide effects but i just heard that these medicines cause cancer 

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