Medication Failed

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    • #74087

      My 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD at age 7. About a year ago, I decided to try medication since he was struggling in school. First we tried ritilan and strangely that caused him to seem more energized and unfocused. Then we tried concerta and that made him depressed and did not seem to help. Finally he started on a low dose of Adderall and that was slowly raised until he was on the highest dosage for his age and weight. That worked wonderfully for a few months but then he began to hallucinate and hear voices. We imedietly took him off medication and the side effects stopped. Now he cannot take medication and I will not try any other medicine out of fear of him having bad side effects again. My son is currently having difficulty in school and I’m looking for solutions. Is there anything I can do to help improve his focus and learning ability becides medications?

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      I am based in Cape Town. My son has ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. We found that neurotherapy (with bio feedback) worked wonders for him. It was quite pricey but absolutely worth it. He attended a 45 minute session once a week for 40 weeks and now visits once every 3 months for a “top” up. The intervention works by adjusting the brain’s “memory” by creating new neural pathways.Find a qualified neurotherapist in your area and possibly give that a shot.

      Good Luck!

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      Penny Williams

      When stimulant medication seems to make ADHD symptoms worse, it is usually a sign that the dose was too low. 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. With these two factors in mind, it stands to reason that he may do well on a higher dose of a methylphenidate.

      I am concerned about the doctor managing medication for your child as well. Stimulants are NOT dosed by age and weight. Instead, the optimal dose is based on the individual’s genetics, metabolism, and neurotransmitter deficits. A doctor who thinks ADHD stimulants are dosed by age and weight really shouldn’t be prescribing these medications because they don’t understand how they work. An ADHD specialist is better.

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

      Now, to help your son without medication, there are some alternative treatments you can try, like neurofeedback mentioned already.

      Also, look into accommodations for school to help level the playing field so he has the same opportunities for success as his peers:

      Step-by-Step Guide for Securing ADHD Accommodations at School

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

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