Kevin2211

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  • in reply to: Treating side effects with OTHER meds? Help! #75326
    Kevin2211
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    My son started with Focalin, which helped drastically reduce his impulsivity, but it made him incredibly irritable. So then we added Intuniv and it helped his irritable behavior and he seemed happier. Then he started developing extreme anxiety, no one is exactly sure why. So after trying talk therapy, we decided to add Prozac and it has made such a difference in his anxiety, happiness and impulsivity that we may be getting rid of the Focalin and just keep him on the Intuniv and Prozac for awhile. We think his significant problems may have been caused by anxiety and not adhd. My point here, is, we do not always know what we think we know and since the child brain is such a mystery trying things could lead you down a more successful path. Maybe all along our sons problem was dopamine production and not the brain chemical focalin works on. More drugs sucks, but with the goal of a happy, well adjusted child, it could be the best solution.

    in reply to: Drugs for my 12 year old son – scared! #73323
    Kevin2211
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    This is not an easy one – for our family- our youngest has -ADHD + anxiety disorder and sensory issues and the medication is a god- send. The ADHD meds + the anxiety meds has made his life so much better- he is engaged in school he has friends- he plays with us , it is really an amazing turnaround. For my oldest son, he had adhd and takes meds for school. And it has helped some – not the dramatic turnaround of his brother. He seems to be doing better in school this year as opposed to last, but I am not really sure if some of his gains are not just maturity and not really the meds. But we have no regrets about giving them. There seems to be little harm and as long as you do the things to help his brain grow and not just solely rely on the meds for future gains your son will be fine.

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