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Name: Lisa Thyr
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Hi my son is 8 and has been taking dexcedrine for about a year now but the effective wears off to fast he seemed to immune to it so we went to the Dr. and we put him on the dreaded ritalin. I know that sounds bad but I have heard some pretty aweful stories, but on the other hand some have been good ones. I am still on the fence about the whole thing and a little confused.
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Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 6th, 2006 3:10 AM
How's it going? We noticed a difference pretty quick with our daughter. She was almost 8 when she started ritalin. It was only a few days when the teacher noticed how she could focus so much better. 

Name: Lisa Thyr | Date: Oct 11th, 2006 4:29 AM
well he's been on it for almost a week but he was on dexcedrine for about 8 months. I don't know how long it takes the meds to switch. we start 15 mgs tomorrow, and i hope it works. 

Name: fancy | Date: Oct 12th, 2006 2:41 AM
hi lisa my son hes seven and he was on ritalin now he is on concerta but ritalin helped him but after a while it stoped having its effects on him doctors say it works different on kids what works for him might not for some other child just hang in there I also heard the stories about making him druggie looking or a zombe I think I spelled that right but the only thing he had a efeect with was the not eating alot like he use too and his stomach or head hurts so I wish you luck and take care if you want to chat email me at [email protected] 

Name: Layne | Date: Oct 12th, 2006 12:29 PM
My son was on Ritalin for 4 years and it does work well. The time releases never worked for us. Like concerta,adderall, or dexcedrine. Ritalin. I really dont know why you are dreading it. All the meds you discuse are stimulants and work differant for every child. But they are a;; in the same drug group.
At the moment we have switched to a new med out that is a time release and its name is Focalin It is Ritalin but they took out the part of the drug that causes the negative side effects such as loss of appetite and the zombie effect. It is also a time release. It does seem to be doing a better job without causing my son to seem so dopped up and he is more his own personality. I will say however is expensive we pay 37.50 after our insurance. the Ritalin cost 20.00 after insurance. so its high. 

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