Adhd non stimulant medication

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Avatar m tn I'm so much more calm, neat, organized, motivated, punctual, and non-fidgety.
Avatar n tn Does anyone know any other options for treating ADHD that do not involve medication? I have read a few sites regarding biofeedback but it does not specifically state what exactly the patient does... A desperate and frustrated mom who wants the world for her daughter!
Avatar n tn He takes stimulant medication (Methylin), and this helps quite abit, particularly with his hyperactivity. It also helps him to focus better. One of my friends has a daughter who is about the same age as our son, and she recently completed a five-week program to help her with attention and memory. The program is called Cogmed Working Memory Training. Do you think this might help our son?
Avatar n tn And yes, his age as well as the medications you have tried would help. Yes, medications are different. They range from stimulant to non stimulant. From extended release to ones with a much shorter time span. It certainly sounds like you should be getting some more information from your doctor. A very good overall coverage of AD/HD (meds, symptoms,behavioral help, etc) is provided by the book, "The ADD/ ADHD Answer book," by Susan Ashley.
Avatar n tn There are both stimulant and non-stimulant meds (although they are typically not as effective), and because they are all controlled substances they must be prescribed by a doctor. Here is a pretty good link listed the meds with pros and precautions, etc. http://www.leeheymd.com/charts/adhd_1.html And this is a very good site with lots of information on the meds as well as many good links dealing with adult ADHD. http://www.help4adhd.
Avatar n tn First, it's important (if a reliable diagnosis of ADHD has been made) to attempt a reasonable trial on stimulant medication. It's not unusual for a child to experience a headache the first day or two on a medication; generally this disappears after a day or so. You really did not give the medication a chance, and I think you went in the wrong direction.
4437866 tn?1388123224 I've heard good things about stratera. I believe it to be the only non stimulant ADHD med. Some kids don't do well with the stimulant type meds. With Josh I feel we got lucky because it only took trying 3 meds to find what works for him. He's now been on Concerta for the last 4 years and doing great.
193137 tn?1367883663 More than 4 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. Compared to their non-ADHD peers, children with ADHD suffer lower grades and achievement scores, and higher dropout rates, the study points out. To help with attention and focus, just over half of them use medications such as methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine, which go by such trade names as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall.
Avatar n tn The risk is that the treatment for the ADHD will worsen the involuntary muscle movements (tics). However, a non-stimulant treatment for ADHD, such as Strattera (atomoxetine), may benefit your son. So there are options and you can discuss these with your prescribing doctor.
Avatar f tn Medications like Adderall can worsen paranoia and delusions. Perhaps a non-stimulant medication like Straterra would be of benefit.
Avatar m tn It seems I'm out of luck then; Vyvanse is probably the mildest ADHD (stimulant) drug used; I'm told that Adderall is quite a bit harder on the cardiovascular system. I've tried Straterra, a non-amphetamine drug, but it didn't work. My blood pressure was 121/76 this morning before taking anything, and that's an average of taking it 4 times over a 30 min time period.
Avatar n tn He is extremely anxious , especially when on his medication in strange unfamiliar settings but does quite well at school and has lots of friends. He has been out of routine of late with school holidays and 10 weeks ago had a increase in medication to 1 tab in the morning 1/2 at lunch and 1/2 at 3.30 pm. I am extremely concerned that he is developing tourettes or does this mean it has always been there?
757137 tn?1347200053 While I agree that there should not be any adds exept for the new intuitive non stimulant drug I feel this should be a suport forum not a place to degrade people who have tried everything to help there children. Maybe they are over used but some children really do need the help. many go on to having mood disorders in life.
Avatar f tn Seeing a psychologist who specializes in ADHD children is a very good idea. Guanfacine is a non-stimulant med that takes one to two weeks to become effective. Never suddenly stop it. You will probably have to give adderall a chance by slowly increasing the dose. If you had started her on adderall and she had the reaction you described, I would have said the dose was too high. I am not really sure about the reactions to Guanfacine.
Avatar f tn I believe that a week is usually the longest it takes for a non stimulant. A stimulant med will be a very fast response. If he is on a stimulant, she needs to get back to the doctor. By the way, I can also give you a web site that will tell you all that you will ever need to know about medication for adhd. Having said that, meds are just a part of the answer. How she treats and works with him (and how the school does) is far and away more important.
Avatar m tn //www.additudemag.com/adhd-medication-side-effects-that-no-one-should-tolerate/?utm_source=eletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=april&mc_cid=1bf9a7dc25&mc_eid=34d357d554 I hope this helps. If once you get off this merry-go-round, you need more information about adhd please ask. And keep in touch! I always learn from my interactions with the posters on this site. Oh, to answer one of your questions.....the lightest med you can take is Ritalin (Methylphenidate).
Avatar m tn Destructiveness may be seen in both disorders but differs in origin. Children who are ADHD often break things carelessly while playing (“non-angry destructiveness”), whereas the major destructiveness of children who are bipolar is not a result of carelessness but tends to occur in anger. Children who are bipolar may exhibit severe temper tantrums during which they release manic quantities of physical and emotional energy, sometimes with violence and physical property destruction.
Avatar n tn Destructiveness may be seen in both disorders but differs in origin. Children who are ADHD often break things carelessly while playing (“non-angry destructiveness”), whereas the major destructiveness of children who are bipolar is not a result of carelessness but tends to occur in anger. Children who are bipolar may exhibit severe temper tantrums during which they release manic quantities of physical and emotional energy, sometimes with violence and physical property destruction.
Avatar m tn I feel your frustration. Kind of makes me wonder about the training of the doctors you have worked with. For example, weight loss is a very common side effect with lots of known ways to deal with it - and it sounds like no one has discussed this with you? Which also makes me wonder about what kind of doctors you have been working with? I also wonder about your overall knowledge of the subject - not your fault, I blame that on the doctors.
557978 tn?1219288363 Stimulants do mitigate some symptoms of ADHD better than others, and sometimes it takes trying more that one stimulant or psychotropic medication to find a good match. While the gagging may not be a dangerous side effect, it can certainly interfere with quality of life. My concerns is that this side effect may lead your son to refususing to take the drug.
Avatar f tn Although each of us deals with our disorder differently, we have all grown to learn life skills and non of us was ever put on medication as children. Heck, there wasn't even a diagnosis for us except I was lazy, my brother was a dreamer, my older brother chose to be a jock and my sister was just a socialite. That's the only categories there was for us back then. So for your son and his inability to function, it's a cop out for him.
Avatar m tn My nephew has just moved in with us and he has adhd he is 17. He was on medication when he was younger but has got off them due to the side effects. I am trying to help him cope with this with out medication. Any suggestions would be great or tell me where to start looking for help.
Avatar n tn Also, it may be worth trying Strattera, a non-stimulant alternative to treat ADHD. By the way, even with children who take stimulant medication for ADHD and who also display oppositional traits, Clonidine is often recommended.
1460021 tn?1445739558 15mg when waking 15mg around lunch 10mg in the afternoon 10mg at night so a total of 50mg's per day.... I know this medication can be addictive, but i'm not heading down that path. I have been prescribed this medication for a reason, and hopefully it'll do the trick! both the specialist i saw and my doctor highly recommend this treatment for ADHD and find it quite successful. I'm a little concerned they have gluten in them...
Avatar n tn My question is can Akathisia or some other disorders similar to this occur without drug therapy? Could there be a connection between this non drug induced Akathisia and the depression I have suffered from throughout my life? I lost my career as an Airline Pilot due to the depression and would love to regain that part of my life. I worry that I may have been misdiagnosed initially and that the Akathisia like symptoms maybe the underlying cause to my troubles.
Avatar n tn We have lowered his dose which has helped to decrease the severity, but does not resolve the symptoms. He is on stimulant medications, as the non-stimulant line does not help. Has anyone else witnessed this problem and/or have suggestions on how to eliminate this side-effect?
Avatar f tn Destructiveness may be seen in both disorders but differs in origin. Children who are ADHD often break things carelessly while playing (“non-angry destructiveness”), whereas the major destructiveness of children who are bipolar is not a result of carelessness but tends to occur in anger. Children who are bipolar may exhibit severe temper tantrums during which they release manic quantities of physical and emotional energy, sometimes with violence and physical property destruction.