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    • #188510

      I have a six year old whom we are trying to find the right medication for. So far we have tried adderal and vivance. Both are making it really hard for him to fall asleep at night ( not falling asleep until 11pm) and increasing behavioural issues due to lack of sleep. Any recommendations for meds that do not have such a significant affect on sleep? The doctor said that the sleep issues would settle down after a few weeks but it’s bad enough that I’m struggling to stick to the meds every day.

    • #188564
      minas mom

      Try giving your child melotnin at night. My 7 year old hated bed time it would be so many behaviors and sometimes wouldn’t be u til midnight, than she wake up screaming in my face that she’s tired. I started to give melatonin liquid at night around 8ish. She has started to really calm down and relax and falls asleep very quickly. As well as not waking up screaming in my face, she’s sleepy more soundly. I get her up at 6 am as well. She just started adderall a few weeks ago and I give it to her right away in the morning before we leave the house. Hope this suggestion helps good luck

    • #188588
      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. Amphetamines may not be the best fit for your child. All stimulants affect sleep in come people but not others. Finding the right ADHD medication and dosage is a trial and error process, unfortunately. 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

    • #194824

      Good luck! You are doing a great job. My son started Focalin xr at age 6 and it is great, but made it hard to sleep. When we added Guanfacine, a non stimulant, it helped him fall and stay asleep as well as help with other adhd symptoms. He ended up needing some in the morning and some in the evening. Other things that helped:
      -Vitamin D taken with lunch
      -black out curtains
      -“nature sounds” like white noise
      -Youtube comic kids yoga zen den and peace out
      -google triangle breathing
      -tracing letters on his back
      -exercise if possible like a walk after dinner
      But maybe ask dr. About trying a different stimulant or adding a non stimulant

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