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This medication sure sounds good from all the stories i've read. Has anyone reported terrible side effects?It sounds right for my child but very scared for her.any information is greatly appriciated thanx
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Name: flamom | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 7:54 PM
Hi. I tryed my ten yr old on last year. He developed headache every day. I switched to Adderrall xr which was fantastic. However he lost 8 lb. on only 10mg. I like so many friends wish there was a homepathic answer. His diet is free from dye's, soda and junk food but impulsiveness still present. We just started Focalin 2.5mg. (strong) seems to be working. Good luck! 

Name: Amanda77 | Date: Oct 15th, 2006 10:49 PM
My son was put on Concerta at age 6. He lost his appetite and rarely ate. This is a known side effect. He developed bad headaches, also a side effect. At age 7 he was taken off due to developing tics. This is a known side effect. His were so bad he would jerk so bad that he would fall down. They said it would go away. Well it did. But not without a penalty. At age 8 he started haveing tics and he is now diagnosed with tourretts as they now do not go away. And as for the headaches, they never left.
My son has been on 4 types of meds and all of them caused a different disorder. Now we have to deal with a child that started out as just ADHD and now has ADHD, mood disorder, ODD, Tics, Bipolar, psycotic deviencys, eating disorder and and sleep disorder (only sleeps maybe 3 or 4 hrs of a day). Not to mention the trip to the ER when one set of meds sent his heart into arrythmias.
We had to pull him out of school and are now home schooling him. I honestly believe that had we said no to all these drugs and found a home remedy he would not have these issues. They all started within a 1 1/2 year span while they tried 4 different meds on him.

Please be careful what you put her on and always ask her how she feels and writ down all types of differences in her. The doctor still wants my son on meds and I am refuseing, whats next, they kill him.

Just my 2 cents worth, Some ppl do find the meds very helpful, I just happen to be the few who do not!!!!! 

Name: teresa | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 12:21 PM
You might want to talk to your doctor about Strattera. This is a non-stimulant med that doesn't effect their appeitite or sleep habits. My daughter has been taking this for a little over a year. At first she did have some stomachaches but it was very short lived and since then there have been no problems. Also this is a 24 hour medication and doesn't wear off at 4:00 in the afternoon like Concerta and Adderall. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 7:12 PM
It ticks me off that I have to come here to learn stuff like this...my doc just shoos me outta the office with a prescription. My daughter was on ritalin and we wanted a one-a-day so are on concerta. The dosage was just upped and she has headaches and a cough that is not a cold-cough. The doc called and said it could be a tic so what did I want to do? Isn't she supposed to advise me...I think I'll try strattera. 

Name: flamom | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 10:39 PM
Jamberrt, I keep checking this site every few days. Interesting info from adult view on this subject. A friend tryed Stratera recently and said it did not work. My child is on Focalin 2.5 (68lbs). and it's working great week at school last week. I have been giving "fruit flavored antacid tab" until stomach adjusts. Hopefully this affect wont continue. My doc. was passive about this last 2 yrs. but explained that it's all about nero transmitters and symptoms usually subside by high school. If there are other neuro issues occ, depression etc. will last probably. What's really crazy is, at home he's an angel, hums a little but good with sibling. At school he's "very active, talking, rushing and bossy sometimes." The more stimuli the more wound up! Has anyone gotten information from "Chadd"? Largest ADHD group in the U.S. 

Name: teresa | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 12:09 PM
Jamberrt, keep in mind that Strattera takes anywhere from 4-6 wks to work. I think that most parents want immediate results, but since this is a non-stimulant it has to get into their system before it makes any difference. If you try this, just remember to be patient, it is not an overnight cure. 


Name: Amanda77 | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 2:17 PM
My son has been on Strattera, did not work, it had no effect. The doctor said it was due to it not being a stimulant. If there is a medication to use we have. The heart condition my son had was within the first 24 hours of the doctor puting him on a mix of concerta and strattera, what bull sh**! Then we went to antipsycotic drugs, that has made his conditions worse and this is when most of his disorders started, minus the ADHD. 

Name: missy | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 2:26 PM
MY DAUGHTER TAKES IT AND I HAVEN'T SEE ANY SIDE AFFECTS, SHE SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE BETTER AT SCHOOL AND HOME 

Name: Amanda77 | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 2:31 PM
I finally read all of teresa's post. We kept our son on this for about 3 or 4 months with no change. Well I take that back, attention was better but not the rest of it. His ODD, bipolar, mood disorder, and psycotic deviency behavior started after this was started. The doctor said it could or could not be the meds that caused it. His sleep disorder started about the same time also.
I believe that the medicine works for some and not for some. For us we have not found one medication to work and after one he always get another disorder. I can not affect his life with this anylonger. I do not want a vegetable for an adult or worse a dead son. My poor child has indured enough. What started out 1 problem became more because I could not handle the ADHD and wanted it fixed, now look. I am a nurse now and I know medications and what the risks are. I do not think I will ever try meds again. I am luck that despite my son having problems he is an A student and is two grades above his actual grade level. I am very fustrated with him more so than before as he is a preteen.
For those who read this I am not saying that you should not medicate as this is your decision, but as my son gets older the disorders get worse. I do not know what his teen years hold for our family. We have four children all younger than him, time will tell. SORRY SO LONG. 

Name: Amanda77 | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 2:41 PM
MISSY, why are you yelling? This is for people to talk about the expeiences they have with dealing with this. I am glad it works for you but it does not for others. You can stress your point without all CAPS. 

Name: Jt | Date: Dec 12th, 2007 6:05 AM
Would mixing Concerta and Focalin increase or decrease the side affects? 

Name: easygoing | Date: Dec 12th, 2007 6:24 AM
Well my son doesn't eat very much and he rarly sleeps when he is taking it. But...in school is does help him consintrate more. 

Name: Kim F | Date: Dec 22nd, 2007 2:59 AM
My son has been on Concerta for almost 2 years. He has been doing really well on it, however he is not gaining much weight. He has really been able to concentrate at school and our homework battles are few and far between. I have also recently started him on "Squirts" an omega 3 and evening primrose oil tablet. His teacher was amazed at the difference in him. 

Name: Harley | Date: Dec 23rd, 2007 8:59 PM
Watch for tics. Higher doses of concerta have given my son tics. Overall, the medicine has helped to a point, but I am concerned the higher dose I go that he will develope tics again. 

Name: michelle | Date: Dec 24th, 2007 5:07 AM
hi
my child she be on it CONCERTA for coming up one 2yrs.
we have not any side effects at all .
and she made some help. she work better in school and listen too. 

Name: julie from aus | Date: Jan 26th, 2008 10:04 AM
My 11 year old daughter has been on concerta 54mg /ritalin 60mg a day for the past 5 years, i have just taken her off it for the last month. She has gained 9 kilos since christmas and is looking and behaving fantastic, fingernails have grown without her even trying, her hair is looking healthy, everything is great.. She was also extremely imature and appears to have matured emotionally as well and physically since taking her off the meds. On the 21st of december she weighed 22 kgs, had huge bags under her eyes and would go entire days without food ,complained of diareah headaches stomach aches and general feeling of being unwell. I have decided to try to work with the school to come up with an alternative to the medication as i feel it is doing more harm than good., this a child who was diagnosed at 5 with adhd at 11 as having aspergers syndrome then the last visit 2 weeks ago as having an anxiety disorder which i dont believe is true i believe the medication may be causing all of her problems. Well not all of them i know she has problems. I dont doubt the diagnosis of adhd for a minute but i believe that maybe the meds have bought on all the other problems 

Name: Tony | Date: Jan 29th, 2008 1:33 AM
Add medications are so broad...and the medical information is so complicated for the average "consumer" to understand. This is why it's hard to educate parents on this issue.
My cousin was put on ADD meds when he was very young. He ended up turning into a complete and utter genius who won all types of awards, graduated with top honors, opened up a business on his own..etc. He is 23 now, and he earns a 6 digit salary. Now all he does is wear D&G and party with models in Las Vegas.
Other stores are things like starting a child on ADD meds and he turns into a tourette child. Unfortunately, it seems like whatever develops from the medicine was worsened. And of course, the younger you start the child on the medication, the more "damage" it does to the brain. There is much less risk starting ADD medication at an older age due to about 75% brain development (Source: MASS).
I guess if you are already smart, or were going to be smart, you are ust going to go higher and higher on the scale of intelligence. If you have onset problems and are put on the ADD medication, you've probably made a huge mistake.
I guess the main problem is that there really is no way of telling about these disorders before being put on ADD meds.....at least until gene sequencing of the human genome becomes more and more common. 

Name: christna123456 | Date: Feb 13th, 2008 9:55 PM
MY 10YR SON TAKES CONCERTA AND IT IS THE ONLY MEDICATION THAT WORKS AS FAR AS KEEPING HIM IN HIS SEAT FOR SCHOOL HOWEVER, HE NOW LICK AROUND HIS LIPS UNTILL THEY BLEED ,HE PICKS HIS SKIN AND MAKES CLICKING NOISE ALL DAY LONG! IT REALLY DRIVES ME CRAZY BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO PUT MY CHILD ON MEDS AND THEN WHEN I MADE THE DECISION TO DO SO NOTHING WORKED SO HE WENT THROUGH SO MANY DIFFERENT MEDS . JUST PAY ATTENTION TO IF SHE IS SLEEPING AT NIGHT. MY SON CREEPS AROUND THE HOUSE AT NIGHT AND GETS NO SLEEP. GOOD LUCK! 

Name: sasha_e100 | Date: Mar 7th, 2008 8:43 PM
my 10 yeah old boy is taking Concerta he has been on it for over a yeah and a half we have had no problems!!!!! it has really helped him . 

Name: kwagga | Date: Feb 7th, 2009 11:19 AM
Hi, I need somebody to talk to. My son is 10 years and has been diagnosed with ADD last year, but we knew he had difficulty concentraiting from a early stage in his life. He is a pleasant boy that just want to please everybody, I've tested him and they say that he has a high IQ but the ADD keeps him from preforming at the level that he can perform at school. We've started Concerta last year and it really made a differance in his performance at school even socially. He was never able to make friends but is playing rugby and he has friends now. My problem is that he has bad headaches every day and really has problems sleeping at night. I don't want to continue if there is something better out there that can help my boy. He is really struggling with the headaches. Am I helping my child or am I making everything worse by giving him this drug? 

Name: veena | Date: Feb 19th, 2009 1:45 PM
Our psychologist has suggested my son go on concerta, it sounds like an ok tablet for the results that we want him to focus, i am concerned that it may have implications to his development and later on in life with is health as a young man, will this drug be harmful 

Name: reneeatlast | Date: Mar 6th, 2009 2:54 AM
My son has been taking it for about 2 years and i have seen great improvement. Now we are experiencing some possible side effects. He is having what I call panic attacks at night at bedtime, his legs start to move almost uncontrollably and he is worriying and panicked that something bad is going to happen. He is nine years old and should not be having these experiences and they seem to come on suddenly within the last 2 weeks. I have an appointment with a psychiatrist, but I am so skeptical I don't want to put him on anymore medicine. 

Name: charlene | Date: Mar 28th, 2009 12:38 AM
my 14 year old has adhd and he was on ritalin for ages then we tried concerta but he didnt eat and lost weight so we tried strattera a non amphetamine non stimulant based drug which did nothing for shane so doctor tried concerta again shane and sami have been on it for 2 years with no bad side effects so rememebr if first time it has side effects give it a second chance in a years time 

Name: Shanna | Date: Apr 7th, 2009 4:37 AM
My 6 yr old son is on Concerta, it works great for him! This is the first pill we tried although did have the dose lowered and he is doing better in school and at home! He is on it for 10 months now, the only thing was a few headaches at first but they stopped. He lost a pound but I changed to healthier snacks and he hasn't lost any more weight. The only bad non changing side is he only sleeps maybe 8 hrs vs his past 9-13 hrs before meds. 

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