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Our experience is that it took years of trial and error before finding the correct medications. You may find one that works well, and as your son grows, needs to be adjusted or changed. Currently our 15yo daughter is on long lasting Concerta and Strattera in the morning, with a booster of methylphenidate in the afternoon.

There are two major classes of ADD meds, Stimulants and Non-Stimulants. Most people are helped with Stimulants. In our case a combo of both (Strattera being non-stimulant) helped, as none of the stimulants alone gave her enough concentration for schoolwork. You will hear repeatedly “every child is different”, which is very true. I highly recommend you keep a log of all your sons meds, noting the benefits and side affects. I’ve been keeping one for 7 years, and frequently return to it for reference.

Medicines should be started at the lowest dosage, and titrated (slowly increased) until a dosage that works is found, usually a 2-4 week process.

Also, we give our daughter cyproheptadine, an antihistamine, to stimulate her appetite. She doesnt like any protein drinks. It has been an uphill battle getting enough protein into her, the cyproheptadine gives very noticeable results in her appetite.