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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 

Name: Shannon | Date: Dec 8th, 2009 2:17 PM
My daughter just started Concerta today so I hope that she doesn't develope all of the tics and other effects that some of the other mothers have experienced with their children. She has been on the Daytrana patch for the last 3 years but because of the huge deductible that the insurance company is charging me I am having to change. For anyone who wants to change that is a good medicine. My daughter took 30 mg every day. We put one patch on her alternating hips each day & she kept it on for 9 hours. Its a brand medicine so it can be expensive but for those who wanted an alternative I would recommend it. We are going to try concerta but may end up trying Vivance because both seem to do the same thing so it will depend on my insurance coverage. Paying over $100 a month is not an option. 

Name: Lydia | Date: Dec 30th, 2009 3:36 AM
my son has been taking concerta for 2 years and have not seen any side effects at all. 

Name: Jiff Mom | Date: Feb 4th, 2010 4:23 AM
My child is 10ys old and just started his meds today... I'm afraid of giving my child medication like this! Will this drug affect my childs heart while he sleeps? Does it slow his heart rate down while he sleeps.. I mean? Lord, please whatch over our baby...please! 

Name: Ramona Ballard | Date: Feb 9th, 2010 12:05 AM
They have just put my little adopted son on concerta 36mg. They think he has autism. The first night I gave it to him, he couldn't go to sleep.He would just roll around. It was 10 o'clock before he went to sleep, and woke up at 3:00 in the morning . He never did go back to sleep until that night.I don't know if the medicine did it or what.He's not done it since that night. He is very developmentally delayed, brain damage at birth. Also was tied up by the ankles by some other foster parents. He's come along way. I just worry about all these meds. He takes risperdal also. 

Name: mystaria | Date: Mar 3rd, 2010 12:36 PM
My son is 8 years old. We tried Concerta(18mg) and he had a facial tic right away. So i stop! The doctor gave him Adderral XR 5mg, he was ok no tics but didn't do anything to him, so she increased the dose to 10mg and the facial tic came right back! So now he's on Strattera for 6 weeks now but unfortunatly, it doesn't seem to do anything to him, no change in his attitude at school, no concentration...so what now? We tried like almost everything! I wan't to help my son because he's gonna fail his school year, but with what medication! 

Name: OLIVIA | Date: Mar 14th, 2010 2:10 AM

Name: Aunt Help | Date: Mar 29th, 2010 2:55 AM
Just started my nephew on 18 mg Concerta 2 days ago---he has not quit talking and going 90 mph---I don't know if this is normal but I sure hope not--wouldn't be so bad if he were saying something to someone besides himself or the wall--- 

Name: concernedmum | Date: Apr 4th, 2010 8:57 AM
my son is 8 and on concerta, noticed decrease in grumpiness and anger, less time outs at school, he is still somewhat hyper and disruptive, he is on 36mg, how do i know if he needs a stronger dose? 

Name: Jamie | Date: Apr 9th, 2010 2:02 AM
My son has been on concerta for about 6 months. He recently started this eye blinking tic, but only 1 eye. I am hoping its his meds and I am considering a change. Concerta does work great during school hours, but wears off quick! 

Name: t | Date: Apr 12th, 2010 7:20 PM
My son has been on Concerta for a little over a year. I seems to help his concentration for school, but when he comes down from it in the afternoon it is tough. This past weekend, he developed a tick of sorts. Shaking his head as if he is saying no, or trying to clear his mind. It came up so quickly that his school called me in a panic. That is why I started searching out if this is common. Now after after reading these I am worried about leaving him on it. I would hate for anything to be permanent. But I was mostly doing this to help him with his school work. It is a tough choice. Regarding side affects. My 9 year old does eat much during the day, but eats truckloads at night. 

Name: concerneddad | Date: Apr 24th, 2010 4:20 AM
I just got a script for concerta for my 7 year old boy-- should I get it?? -I am very concerned about long term effects. 

Name: becky w | Date: Apr 24th, 2010 2:20 PM
in response to the tic situation this product can cause tics. Call your doctor and he/she will probably change the adhd medication. for long term "tics" you should look at the antipsychotic medications(haldol,abilif
thorazine,fanapt, saphris,prolixin) etc which can cause EPS which sometimes does not go away. When your child is on multiple medications you also need to look at the interactions between them. get them all filled at the same pharmacy. ask the pharmicist to check for the interactions between the drugs. if you find something of concern ask your doctor. if you do not get awnsers that satisfy you get a second opinion. know that all drugs have side effects. weigh the benefits vs. the cons. make informed decisions. 

Name: wore out single parent | Date: Apr 27th, 2010 2:11 AM
My 13 yr old son used to take concerta but it wore off before school was done. He now takes adderall which has been working good. He also takes chlonidine to sleep and celexa to help him. If he doesn't take it I have a tough time getting him to sleep. He has not had any side affects on these meds. They have helped some with his anger issues.. 

Name: confused | Date: Jun 24th, 2010 3:58 PM
You all need to spend more time parenting your children and watching their diet before giving them meds.. Reading this is discusting... back in the day if you where disruptive or out of line.. Parents would discipline children not take the easy way out and DURG them.. Why start your children at such a young age to become dependent on drugs. Children are not born ADHD or ADD it is early childhood parenting that has developed this. If you cant spend the time with your children as you should be donít put your children on drugs to FIT your lifestyle,,, you look at their behavioral patterns go see a dietitian, put them in active programs other then video games.. let them steam off the energy in other ways...
I have never seen so many woman/men.. give up on their children because a doctor tells them to take meds.. Hello doctors are supposed to recommend medication... ADHD meds now and you will see... statically children that take ADHD med at a young are more susceptible to getting into other drugs.. did the doctors tell you that?
All these Children need is a committed parent that is willing to pay attention to there needs and discipline them,,, work with them,, not give them meds.. 

Name: Grandma | Date: Jun 27th, 2010 12:42 PM
My 9 year old grandson was not able to control himself in school...soo the teacher decided that he should be tested for ADHD..when we went over the criteria ..sure enough it sounded correct. He was put on 27 mg of Concerta. He said that it helped him focus and his grades went up and he passed 3rd grade. Critical grade with FCAT testing in Florida. If they fail the FCAT they are not promoted. I felt trapped into medicating him. He was on meds for about 3 and half months. He developed a tic with his fingers and it is not going away. I am heart broken that this has happened. The doctor and I immediately took him off. The summer is here and his weight is coming back as he was turning into a rail. I just hope now he also grows ...he did not grow those 3 months. I think they should take this medicine off the market. Any med that causes TICS should be removed. What are they thinking. Then you get sucked into taking a med for that too. NO MORE MEDS ...I am angry!!! Hopefully this will not get worse and get better after adolescense for him. What are the teachers,parents and doctors going to do to try to resolve the ADHD without drugs that will make them sicker. 

Name: Shona | Date: Jun 29th, 2010 8:50 PM
My son takes concerta 

Name: Shona | Date: Jun 29th, 2010 8:53 PM
My son is 16 and takes 72mg of concerta and circadin to help with sleep 

Name: green your life | Date: Jul 20th, 2010 2:45 AM
Ritalin and concerta for kids is a big mistake and only supports big pharma interests. There are too many sides effects, one is brain damage, and you cannot join the military if you take these drugs. Try reading the inserts and make an informed decision instead of listening to your Doctor. Cut out the toxic drugs, vaccines, and mercury fillings and go to: www.thedoctorwithin.com 

Name: Jenn R | Date: Aug 2nd, 2010 4:28 AM
Ok I have read every story here and not one child was mentioned under the age of 6. My sonjust turned 3 June 2010. He has seen 2 Drs. I phyc. And a speach path. And all of them say he is a text book case ADHD. With haveing an older and younger brother both being AdHd still to this day at 32 and 24 I kinda figured he was. This child is a wonderful little boy!!!! However I have always said he was born with out an off switch. Sleep happens for him around 1am and would last for 2-3 hours and he was ready to go again for about 2 hrs and the 2-3 hrs of sleep untill around 5:30 he would start our days. This little boy has no fear and nothing stops him he talks so fast you couldn't make out much of what he was saying and he would get PISSED!!!! He couldn't focus on anything coloring, tv shows, games, toys, and ect. He would go non stop from 5:30 am till about 1am. He would climb up anything and jump off what ever he could sometimes he would get hurt and then turn around and do it again. Learning wise by the time u got to th letter "c" or the number 2 he was done. That's just the tip of the iceberg with him anyways the DR. Started him on the daytrana patch 10 mg. 1st week was GREAT this was FEB. 2010 then week two he's back to his old self. So the dr. Ups the dose to 15mg and it was great untill summer came he sweats really bad and the patch didn't stay on. So July 2010 the dr. changes him to concerta the only side effect so far is lack of appetite which we give him the pedisure for he's only gained a half alpine since January 2010 he also takes clondine every night now. He sleeps through the night most nights every once in a while he's up at 10pm extremely thirsty. Now the concerta IS NOT working like the daytrana but the more I read about these ADHD meds nothing is approved for his age. The daytrana makes him focused child that u can talk to and understand and u can enjoy him. The concerta dose not take the edge off as long he takes it at 7am and by 10am he's bouncing but still don't have an appetite. However the question is should I keep him on these meds for he ADHD???? 

Name: Took son off meds | Date: Aug 4th, 2010 5:18 PM
I am sorry this is so long, but I really want parents to understand they are not alone. I had my son when I was 18. His father and I were both diagnosed with ADHD several times throughout our lives by different doctors. I saw signs in my son around 3 years. His preschool teachers recommended I have him seen as they believed he had ADHD. Being that I "had it" myself and was very against medication that altered ones personality I was against this. When he reached grade school It got to the point I was literally harassed and felt to be a horrible parent for not medicating my child, whom at this point was seen by several doctors who all diagnosed him with ADHD. I stood strong with my decision to not medicate him until the middle of third grade when I was receiving daily phone calls from his teacher and the school social worker, basically making me feel I was a horrible parent and that I was not giving my son a chance. I was so frustrated at this point and being a young single parent who didnt want to "ruin" my childs life I put him on the medication. He started on 18 mg and worked up to 52 which the doctors and teachers said was not enough but I refused to go higher. He took it daily until this summer, he will be going into 6th grade. He has been off for almost 2 months. While being medicated my son did concentrate better in school and sat still longer, but he also became the shortest child in his entire grade and I could clearly see every rib in his body, I punched out new notches in his belts that he had since he was in 1st grade because he got so skinny. He never wanted to eat..EVER! It scared the crap out of me. He had a very hard time keeping friends, he was never really happy, he was just kind of "There". It made my heart ache. Since he has been off he has put on15 lbs and grew an inch, but is still noticeably shorter than all his friends. When I first took him off he acted like a crazy kid, much worse than before the meds. I would get so angry with him but when I looked in his eyes and saw how empty and sad they looked I hated myself for "hooking" him on the drug. He was in a "haze" for almost 2 weeks. He even said to me that he was scared of himself without the medication, he didnt know who he was and couldnt control what he said or did. He had no confidence in himself and thought he was a nuisance. The doctors told me there is not a "coming down period" as this is a daily medication. I say that is far from the truth. My son went through emotional turmoil acted out and was literally afraid of who he was without this medication. Today he is doing great, He looks healthy, he has tons of energy, but what kid shouldn't. He is confident and very respectful. My husband is very supportive of us and we talk to my son all the time about ADHD. When he starts "acting up" we pull him aside and remind him that he has to try harder than other kids, and then he does. We do not have cable in our home, why would we? My son and I are both hyper and extremely creative, as most people are with ADHD. We exercise a lot, we both draw, and paint. I make crafts, we travel, backpack, hike. I googled a list of famous people with ADHD for my son and it includes people like Walt Disney, Ansel Adams and Albert Einstein. We now tell my son ADHD is a gift. Not something to medicate. He is special, because ADHD makes it hard to concentrate on the "boring" things, but with it comes the amazing capability to be the absolute best of the best at the things he is passionate about. We both may not be able to sit still for the life of us during a history seminar, but my son read the entire Harry Potter series in 2 weeks, And I worked on an amazing oil painting for 20 hours straight. And during that time our heads were clear and we loved what we were doing! My son wants to be a paleontologist, and yes school will be tough but with our support, unconditional love and help from his psychologist, who does not medicate him but helps him understand how to deal with ADHD, I am confident he will be as successful if not more than anybody else. 

Name: Charity | Date: Aug 28th, 2010 1:16 AM
My son is also 8 and has been taking this for 3 months. The thing I dislike about this Med. is he ROLLS his eyes. 

Name: heartbroken | Date: Sep 20th, 2010 1:40 PM
My son aged six started taking 17mg 2 months ago and changed to 28mg a month ago. Started biting his nails, this stopped and has now got a bad tic. It breaks my heart to watch him 

Name: Elizabeth | Date: Sep 21st, 2010 4:50 AM
ok, i am only a teenager, no i do not have a child. but i was diagnosed with ADD in 4th grade and started taking concerta but every visit i wuld always ask for a high dose because it wuld start to wear off. i am just now looking online about it and im hearing lots of bad things about concerta but i dont have that many side affects either than i cant get to sleep as easily anymore but i got that taken care of. 

Name: asd | Date: Sep 24th, 2010 8:09 PM
im 21 and im taking concerta since high school.
before i started to take concerta i slept during class and grades was constantly low at every subject.
since taking concerta i could stay awake in class and my grades got higher.

now that im starting academics, im taking concerta again because i get tired when i study and its harder for to memorize what i study without it.

im not scared for tics because im taking concerta because of side effects of the epilepsy medications. 

Name: JP | Date: Oct 8th, 2010 8:12 AM
i only fleetingly found this site and saw the message about concerta, my son took concerta and we went through two years of hell, he is eleven now he had really bad temper side effects since we put him on Equasym 30mg slow release (has to be that brand) things are better especially at school much more sociably acceptable for all things at home are still testing - good luck! 

Name: NewMexicoMOM | Date: Nov 8th, 2010 10:33 PM
Our son was prescribed Concerta at age 5. He is now age 13. His peditrician never conducted regular blood testing. After education ourselves we insisted on blood tests to check his liver function. Well, guess what? His liver enzymes tested high. This was in June 2010. The Concerta was stopped immediately. It is now November 2010 and his liver enzymes have gone even higher. He is scheduled for a liver biopsy next week. If you child is on Concerta or any other ADHD treatment insist on routine blood tests!!!!! Protect your child!!!!! 

Name: Lilly | Date: Nov 19th, 2010 5:21 AM
My 6 years old takes the same, the only other side effect he s having is poor apetite, he has been on the med for two weeks now, I hate the fact he is taking the med but it is making a diffrence in his life 

Name: Heather | Date: Dec 21st, 2010 1:04 AM
My six year old was put on concerta 18mg ritalin 10mg and abilify 2 mg . Has anyone else had their child on 3 meds like this for pdd, adhd. 

Name: holly | Date: Jan 26th, 2011 6:31 PM
my son just started taking concerta 3 days ago, now he is vomiting. i thought it was the flu, but no fever 

Name: charlie | Date: Feb 15th, 2011 5:16 PM
my child is on 74mg of concerta however i think that is to much so i give him 36mg in the morning and at night i give him a galf of a .02 mg clonidine and it appears to work just fine however, the clonidine is only given when he appears to be charged up because sometimes he actually goes to sleep with no problem. it may be like 11- 11:30 at night sometimes but thats fine with me because it does'nt seem to affect his ability to get up on time. He was prescribed an additional med for mood disorder however I DONT FEEL THERE IS A MOOD DISORDER. This medication causes him to go from up to down and i believe that rollacoaster is what appears to be another disorder so i dont give it to him, at all. Also i have given the clonidine to my son on weekends instead of the concerta and it does'nt appear to affect him any differently. Regardless of what the doctor tells you, you use your own decrection. my son just needs a little assistance during school after that i'm his medication. i have found that having a strict, consistant schedule for him to follow helps to keep him stable with out medicating him. im not in any dulision about my son's problem thats why he gets the concerta but make no mistake you as the parent has to be just as proactive as the meds you give. if you just depend on medication or you accept anything the doctor tells you,- you just may be making your childs problem worst in the long run. 

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