Concerta and focalin

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i dont reallly think i have adhd bad cause i still get all the positive recreational effects from amphetamines and other adhd drugs. focalin is dexmethylphenidate and its twice as potent as methylphenidate(ritalin, concerta, etc)..im suppsoed to take 40 mgs daily and it does help with my minor symptoms and gives me quite a stimulant effect, but for me and my addictive personality its like playin with fire.
The main difference I've read about extended release focalin verses extended release concerta is that focalin works faster (within 30 minutes of taking it) and is better for a child that needs the help prior to leaving for school and that type of thing. So, it is reported that it begins working fast in the morning and continues to control symptoms during the day and then tapers off at hours 10 to 12.
He is presently being treated with Focalin 5mg for better focus at school and it is working. He is too wound up at night and the doctor wants to prescribe Prozac or Concerta so he can sleep. I'm concerned about their side effects. Are there other antidepressants with less side effects? Are there other alternatives - 5HTP? Should he take the Prozac or Concerta?
We had tried Adderrall, Concerta and Focalin for my daughter (7 at the time) and it seemed to make her violent. Once we switched to a non-stimulant (Strattera) it's helped a lot. We see a psychopharmacolgist who specializes in medicating children with ADHD. She had said it takes some time to tell whether a medication is working, that it would probably take trying a few different meds to see which one is best, and that it gets worse before it gets better.
Been using focalin for adhd for 3 years. Previously uses ritalin, concerta, ritalin LA. Taking 10mg twice daily. Recnently been feeling very stressed and anxiety out over nothing. I get irritated easily. Looked into my diet and blood work, etc. They are all ok. Life is ok, otherwise. The doctor said stims can cause this and gave also tenex to take the edge off. Helps a little, but its not right. Is this common for anyone else?
My children have been on Focalin XR for years now and have had wonderful results. Before this my son was on concerta and strattera together and it zoned him out, but the focalin allows him to focus and still be the same kid he always was. You can definately tell when the medicine has worn off, but when he is medicated he is his normal polite agreeable self and, just more focused. He is able to concentrate in class with no problems.
And even after finding out by Doctor when he was in the hospital to do a video EEG that the Adderall and Concerta can have the side effect of Seizure.I took my son off the Drugs and he is still having Seizures. I regret every day putting him on drugs for ADD and ADHD because the School Teacher thou he should be and pushed us to do so. I wish I new more about everything that is out there that looks like add and adhd and even bipolar.
when im at home i snort much more, il find myself every hour or so crushing up a third or half a pill until midnight and be awake until 3-4am and then sleep and do it again. its just so easy, all i have to do is walk to my bathroom, grab one and snort it. i kept telling myself and friends "im just doin it to study for the SAT" or "im just doin it cause i have a test today" but i never stop. i keep lying to myself. I am finally able to admit that im addicted a need help.
So now they take their concerta and risperdal at 7 am every morning and at 7 pm they take one more risperdal pill and life is so much better in our home now .
I am a 30 year old female with ADHD mixed type and I have done perfect on Adderall XR, Wellbutrin XL and klonopin (at night). I tried Concerta and Focalin and they made things worse. Also, the dosing may be too high/low. It's a lot of trial and error and it can be very frustrating, but once you find the combo that works, it's worth it! *disclaimer* I am not a Psychologist, I am a Graduate Psych student, so I can just give you tools to take to the doctor.
I have been taking Concerta for one year. This was to counteract the fatigue and sleepiness that I had been getting from taking Paxil for depression. Though Concertat was initially effective, it gradually became more of a detriment than help. It made me very irritable, unfocused, and moody. I have worked with my doctor to gradually phase concerta out from the 72m I was taking daily.
i wanted say that i have daughter with adhd she 8 years old and at one time i had her on concerta twice and she went through what ur son went through and so i took her off it... I went through alot with her when she was on that.... Concerta was bad medicine for my daughter she takes stratera shes been on it for 3 years straight then they wanted switch her i said ok then that happen she got mean, hateful she wouldnt sleep so i know where ur coming from she bounced off walls oh yeah...
The Adderall worked but he lost too much weight, he was then placed on Focalin XR -- he became overly aggressive and was then given Concerta. His grades improved and his appetite was okay, atleast he was eatting, not a lot but he was eatting. Then about in October of 2007 he started to develope these tics, they were not so noticeable, then he had his first seizure at night. I took him to see his dr and they told us to take him to see a neurologist. The first thing I asked the dr.
I taken corcerta for seven years and I get more and more paranoid. The concerta seems to change me completely and it makes me twitch alot and panic. Could you please tell me the results because I might want to get off concerta thanx.
The doctor probably needs to know how he is doing with meds and might have to adjust. My 12 year old son is on Focalin now and he is doing good on it..he's ADHD and bi-polar. We have had to try alot of different meds and different combinations. We have also had alot of behavior problems and just within past year he has been dx as bi-polar. Do you know if anyone in your family is bipolar?
hi, concerta ,and stratara, and all the others my doc put me on didn't come close to adderall. focalin worked to but was costly. adderall leavels your brain, and lets you be yourself. the way your supose to be.
OH MY GOSH...the Concerta and Intuniv were PERFECT....Great days at school and an amazing kid emerged...Then at the end of two weeks he developed a tic...This was so horrible...They were happening about 12 - 16 per minute. raised eyebrows, eyes rolling to back of the head, head tilt to the side and a humming sound. We called Psych. and Concerta was stopped. However a week later, the tics are still here...not as frequent...but certainly still here.
After adjusting the dosage, changing to focalin, and finally concerta we have found one that is better. He is definitely more even on the concerta. On focalin, he barely smiled and on ritilin he cried every 5 minutes. Now he is more controlled but still a fun little boy. His crying outbursts have almost disappeared. You may need to try something else.
Ask your doctor about Ritaln or Concerta for memory and attention problems. These symptoms can be side effects of depression. There is also Vyvanse and Focalin. If one does not work, try another. They will help with your energy. The meds are out of your system that day; do not linger for weeks.
Anyway my son as hurts himself and has some severe mood swings and he has been on respiridol for almost 2 years now and has been doing great he does still at times try to hurt himself but not nearly as much as he did before i don't know about abilify he has also been on concerta, adderall, metadate, ritalin and focalin he had reactions to all those especially the focalin he started hallucinating so now he just takes the risperdal and he also takes tenex at night.
With stimulents (Concerta and Focalin) as well as Zolof for the OCD and Anxiety everything stays managable for the most part. He is high functuning and does very well in school other than social issues. As a small child he studdered and had a blinking eye tick. Most recently he has acquired a throat clearing tick. I now understand that children with Aspergers can sometimes have ticks that come and go.
Adderal may not work for you. I also have a friend who has tried focalin, adderal, stratera, and is now on concerta. Sometimes you have to try a lot of them to get the one that is best for you. My son is on focalin 10 mg and it works great for him. Good luck.
Hi, I'm currently a sixteen year old senior, and i was diagnosed with ADHD 2 years ago. I've tried focalin, concerta, ridalin, ect. Finally a year ago I was switched to vyvanse. At first they started me on 30mg, then to 40mg, then 50mg. While on 50mg, i was happily able to control my adhd symptoms, however I dealt with insomnia, shortness of breath, involuntary ticks, and I began to pick my skin uncontrollably. After that, I was unable to handle the stress of the medication.
My son has been on Aderall, Ritalin, Concerta and now Focalin and without it on the week-end he can't function. I think you should consider if he is involved in activites on the week-end and if so, would it help him focus better. Everyone is different and if you feel or your child feels he does better then give it a try..make sure you inform your doctor.
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she is an above average child in reading and English, average and a little below in Math and coneptual reasoning. She is getting all C's and D's and the teacher says that Claire just doesn't focus enough and she doesn't have time to work with her one on one....any suggestions on help would be GREATLY appreciated. We are at wits end with the school and the "SPECIAL ED" system....it seems you have to fit into a special box to be true special ed....
We tried Strattera, he was allergic to it. We switched to Concerta, but that seemed to make things A) Worse at school and home and B) He became suicidal. Now he's starting out at 20 mg once a day, Focalin XR. Yesterday was PERFECTION, today is HELL.
I took Focalin Xr and it was basically cocaine, I was euphoric and then dropped to the floor with depression and agony 5. Concerta gave me a tic disorder that took years to fade away I need something to keep me going for at least 10 hours that hopefully won't have terrible mood side effects. Any ideas? Anything?????
I am a recovering addict and have adhd, therefore cannot take the 'upper'meds for my condition. What else can I take?
Staying still and on task is somthing that he CAN NOT seem to do . he has been on different types of meds ..Focalin,staterra,Concerta, and prozac. It is like a a a bit of ADHD mixed in with a bit of bi-polar. my boy is 9 and has no friends, it is also affecting his education. Could there be somthing else wrong with him ? Could i possibly be doing somthing wrong?? Please help!!
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