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Deb9 – thank you! we did try vyvanse at first and he was allergic – broke out in a rash on his back and chest. So we switched to concerta. The pediatrician recommended increasing intuniv for now and he is low weight. if we can get his weight up we can increase the dose of concerta. I wonder if adderrall has the same “ingredients” as vyvanse or if its different so not to cause an allergic reaction. thank you! I will definitely ask the pediatrician about this and maybe a med switch is needed.November 4, 2019 at 11:46 am in reply to: PLEASE HELP Trouble finding authorized generic of Concerta #133395
Thank you Penny I’ll try that also!November 4, 2019 at 11:45 am in reply to: PLEASE HELP Trouble finding authorized generic of Concerta #133393
Kremer and Mallinckrodt are not authorized genericsNovember 4, 2019 at 11:16 am in reply to: PLEASE HELP Trouble finding authorized generic of Concerta #133382
what are the 3 companies? I know of 2. Patriot and Actavis. What is the 3rd?
Been there…. my son is in 3rd grade now. focus is the hugest issue. you may have to have a serious talk with your pediatrician on medication… but if not, I’ve had great luck with essential oils, specifically doterra, intune and thinker. look them up. Also he is taking fish oil and I try to limit the sugar as much as I can and stick to wheat bread. sounds funny but the less processed food the better he does. My son was on methylphenidate but we are going to try the school year without it and see what happens because his appetite was affected so much. He is on a med called intuniv. good luck!!!! also remember he is young, my son actually has improved greatly the older he got with his adhd symptoms. so hang in there. my son also struggles with reading and writing, and we have hired a tutor a couple days a week this year to help with that.
I’m so glad I found this post as I was going to just post something….
we just changed insurances. In Short, my son is allergic to vyvanse so we tried methylphenidate/ Concerta. After reading this website, I realized that he was getting the mallickrodt version. He did OK but his appetite suffered and seemed short term. I made a huge issue and the pediatrician called in brand name concerta. no problem, we had good insurance and my son did great on it. we had to change insurance and now concerta is $289 per month. we paid the first month because we felt like we had no choice. now a refill has come up and its $305. I’m desperately looking for a generic comparable to the concerta delivery system. Seems like we should be requesting the Actavis generic form? thank you – I will call pharmacy now……November 15, 2018 at 10:48 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #103841
Artmom – my pediatrician just recommended fish oil; 1,000 mg of EPA and 2,000 mg of DHA. I’m trying to find online. any suggestions? having a hard time finding a dose that is similar…September 18, 2018 at 8:44 am in reply to: Medications that can be given in 2 doses to help with afternoon struggles #99506
Thank you! Our pediatrician gave me the indication that a booster was not an option for us. He may have been concerned with his low weight, he is 49 inches and 58lbs now, so hopefully that will be an option for us. he gained since we last saw him.
can they do a booster of methylphenidate? and stay on the same drug. He seems to have done better at school on the 27 mg rather then the 36mg. the 36 lasts longer, but does not help him any more and is actually worse during school.
I’m going to request a 27 mg and a booster for the afternoon, crossing fingers he will do something of that sort.
Meet with his teacher one on one. Explain what you are seeing. I have a 7 yo and has been left out before. Then I got pissed and requested meetings. meetings with each teacher he had – gym, art, primary teacher, etc. His music teacher failed him in 1st grade music. Once I started one on one meetings, everything changed. I check in with them every so often, his primary teacher once a month if not more.
I feel like we are on the right track now. He has an IEP and the teachers are more understanding. Take the bull by the horns and advocate for your child, which I am sure you are, but maybe be more forceful. The meetings helped a great deal. I wish you luck. It is heartbreaking…. we are now in 2nd grade and fine tuning medications….September 17, 2018 at 11:41 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #99380
Thank you! does your son take a medication before school? If so, what kind is that? thank you very much. I have a lot of questions for the doctor tomorrow…. what is the dose of the dimethylphenidate in the afternoon that he gets? thank you!September 17, 2018 at 11:16 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #99377
Both the 20mg and 5mg is methylphenidate? is it generic or brand name Concerta?
This is huge, definitely a question I’m going to ask my pediatrician. He said that it was the one dose for this med and only option….September 17, 2018 at 10:36 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #99367
Thank you! We have switched to concerta 32 mg for almost a month now. I am seeing that he is much more even, not as hyper as he was on the generic. however, the teacher is reporting that he is more distracted this year. Groggy in the morning, hard to get going. hyper in the afternoon with less focus. He is allergic to vyvanse. We have a doctors appointment tomorrow, I’m very nervous. Hoping there may be another med out there that would work better for him… but it seems like its either methylphenidate or the vyvanse? He also told me that we couldn’t supplement the 27 mg methylphenidate, we would have to change it altogether. can methylphenidate be supplemented with a different med? He did better at school with the generic methylphenidate 27 mg it just wore off right after school, made everything else hard after school and hard for him to enjoy.September 17, 2018 at 10:31 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #99366
Hi there, just curious, did your doctor supplement the methylphenidate? My doctor said that he couldnt give a low does after taking the concerta, we would have to switch to a 2 part med altogether. just curious what your son takes currently? thank you!September 17, 2018 at 10:28 am in reply to: After school activities a struggle after meds wear off – please help #99364
Hi! just curious, what is your son taking for medication during the day?
Nice to hear a similar situation thank you! If we had that option available in our area, I would totally do it. He loves playing with this friends and the social interaction, he just has a hard time focusing on the game and what he is supposed to do.September 6, 2018 at 8:35 am in reply to: High Calorie small quantity school lunch ideas, please #98330
I just printed this, thank you thank you! I am in the same boat. My 7 yo is very picky eating and the pediatrician is concerned with his low weight on the medication. I just ordered him a bento lunch box in which he can open one thing and all his food is in front of him, no effort to unwrap or look in seperate packages. I filled it with high protein/ calorie snacks. His favorites and fruit and veggies which is great, but does not pack on the pounds.
Bananas, kiwis, yogurt mixed with evaporated milk and fruit on top to entice him to eat it, and I’ve been using the pediasure or boost nutritional drinks. I try to give him one 2 to 3 times a day, which is full of vitamins minerals and calories. good luck! hope more people comment on this – always looking for new ideas!!