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Forgot to say… please report the adverse effects of the Vyvanse to the drug company that makes it (Shire), and to the FDA; they need to know to help others, and will do a full research follow up. The below is from the company website. Please also carefully review the side effects… these drugs impact the patients central nervous system and major neurotransmitters… which is why you need more than bedtime tricks – the only way to eliminate the adverse effects is to stop giving the med.
“You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.”
My kids both had extreme negative impacts from the same drug… ADHD meds are often stimulants, and just like illegal stimulants, coming down off them can be harsh. What we’ve also recently learned in our journey is that of the med hypes your child up, it’s probably not what he needs (think of it like when you out on glasses with a prescription you don’t need – your vision gets worse). We learned after far too many years of missing it our child had Aspergers, not ADHD, and it saved and changed his life!! Your son is still young, I highly recommend a developmental psychologist and a full evaluation, including evaluation for Autism Spectrum (since they lump Aspergers with ASD). We missed it because ours was brilliant, and masking symptoms. The two often coexist, but again, I’m seeing a trend that if the individual is on the spectrum, the stimulants are not good for them at all. I hope this is helpful to you. My best advice is focus on finding the key one or two things your son loves that keep him active… for my son it was dirt bikes and anything with wheels. Accommodations at school to get teachers to,let your son earn time to go to the gym to shoot baskets or just run around will work wonders as well!! We had an amazing teacher help set this up, again, when we didn’t even know,what we were accommodating. I hope this is helpful, autism is nothing to be afraid of, like I said, my son was diagnosed and it saved his life, and got him off all meds too! Hope this helps, best wishes!February 3, 2018 at 2:07 am in reply to: Should my 6th grade ADHD son be back in elementary school?? What is going on?? #75707
This is only my experience, but hope it is helpful… My son has graduated high school now; however, his ADHD went undiagnosed until now. He was compensating and we didn’t realize. He recently explained to me that every year, school got harder and harder, because he’d miss key concepts. He thinks in terms of puzzles… where all the extra variants teachers share just become confusing- then, they may switch to a new topic while he’s tuned them out in an attempt not to get confused by the extra information, ad wham! he’s missed a key concept.
The other big insight he recently shared was in reading comprehension- used to read the answers first and then scroll for something that looked reasonable in the paragraphs, because he couldn’t recall the long paragraphs- he’d have to keep re-starting after the first few sentences.
My son’s challenges remained unaddressed because he managed to still get As and Bs, but he was really struggling for them. Once he hit high school, there was no help, and it was scary how he started to feel dumb. It’s inly mow that we are healing from the public education systems and he’s been educating me in how he learns differently.
I hope this helps you, and please get your son extra help in the form of an IEP, and simply talk with his teachers more (not in feomt of him… that’s the worst) to see what they can do to help his learning environment by possibly keepimg to straightforward teaching, and maybe alerting when they are offering “alternatives” vs “new material”
My heart goes out to you and your son, he needs your advocacy. Thanks for continuing to reseaech and seek answers!! (and please excuse any typos… I’m awful typing on my phone!)