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      I was hoping to get some other parents advice on here.
      My son is 8 years old and has been on Concerta for about 2 years now.
      We started at 18mg but just recently switched from 36 to the next dosage of 54mg and while its helping his impulsivity he’s still having major trouble focusing at school.
      He’s also starting to develop tics and I’m feeling like Concerta may not be working for him anymore.

      Was there any drug one has experience with that was helpful for the in case focusing part as well?
      I am working with his dr but would love real parent input also.


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      Penny Williams

      There are two types of stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall, Vyvanse, Evekeo…) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Quillivant…). Almost everyone does well on one type or the other, but not both. Methlyphenidates may not be the best fit for your child. Learn more about the different ADHD medications and how to find the right med and dose in this article:

      A Patient’s Primer on the Stimulant Medications Used to Treat ADHD

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach, Podcaster & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #188554

      Hey there, I have had issues with Conerta myself. I have also head of different meds no longer working. I would definitely bring it up with your child’s doctor and see what they recommend trying.

    • #188562

      I can relate to this post a lot. My sister tried concerta (she is actually still on it) and it doesn’t seem to help at all. She is less prone to temper tantrums, but she still can’t focus and she still makes mess and zones out and displays typical ADD symptoms, including being unable to stop talking.
      She is on a 32 mg concerta/guanfacine (intuniv) combo, but I don’t really see much change in her behaviour. She switched to concerta after she couldn’t swallow the ritalin pills, but my personal opinion is that the concerta (or possibly the combo of drugs) is causing some OCD-like behaviors without altering many of the ADHD ones. Lately she has beeg unable to leave our house without ten kilos of unnecessary stuff, and she needs to fix peoples hair if it is messed up.
      I don’t know if that is the drug, I am by no means an expert on anything, but when she skips days of her medication (which happens rarely) she seems to be happier and more engaged. A few times she has skipped the concerta dose in the morning because it interferes with her sleep pattern if she takes it too late, and she acts happier and is better at socialising (making eye contact, being able to stop in the middle of a sentence, etc)
      I don’t know much about concerta except what it says on the internet, and I would be really interested to know if your son has any of this, so I can understand my sister’s behaviour on concerta a little bit more.

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