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My son has been on a combination of Adderall XR and Strattera for several years, and it works beautifully.  Only side effect was drastic weight loss in the first few months (12 pounds!), but that has leveled off.  He is still underweight for his size (5 feet, 87 pounds), but not alarmingly so.  He says he feels much better on the medication than off, which is always the best indication that you are on the right meds at the right dose.  I highly recommend you see a psychiatrist who specializes in pharmacology.  It's really the best way to go when you are medicating for ADD, anxiety or aggression issues. My oldest son who is adhd did very well with Adderall XL, but my youngest who is Asperger it made him very hyper, and angry. All kids are different, I hope it works for your child. Let us know how he does with it. I only gave it to my Asperger son once, we knew right away it wasnt right for him. Not many kids do well on Strattera cause of sideeffects. Non stims have to be used daily. Stims can be given school days only if you wish.

My son tried Adderall XR at 6yo. It didn't work for him. He has alot of anxiety and it increased that and his OCD. Only took 1 day for us to figure that out!

He is on Strattera right now and it works wonderfully!! He needed something for the impulsiveness. He is 7y and has been on it for 9 months.

My 16yr old son has been on adderal xr for about 3 yrs. The only concern I
have about it is weight gain. He has always been a skinny kid and curently
he is 5' 10" 123lbs. Otherwise no other side effects.
I like the neuro relief route better. This shows how the transmitters are functioning. The protocal is customized for that person. Stems do not always help out either. Non stems either. Amino acids/Bcomplex/calming herbs/Efa's. Daniel's suggestions. Avoid food allergies helps out also. We had to brush his tongue to fix oral sensativity issues. Eats lot of foods since this. Beware stems supress hunger also. Er drugs work best this gives the med all day long not all at one time. Best for those with fast matabolisms. We do liquids and add the stuff in juice drinks. Soft jells can be opened and put on bottom of feet the nerves absorb the oils.

My son will be starting this tomorrow.  I know it is a time release stimulant.  The Daytrona patches just aren't cutting it any more.  He has been threw most of the ritalin family of drugs so the Dr. Wants to try the Adderall group of stimulants now. 

I want to try Strattera over the summer because he has been on stimulant for about eight years and I want to find out if strattera will work better for him.  For now we are trying the Adderall XR first.

Does anyone have experience with either Adderall or Strattera (and yes I know about the suicidal thoughts possibility. It is very small and I will be watching him VERY closely. I just want what is best for him.)  Please feel  to share with me good or bad experiences. 

Thank you,

Janis

JanisA39220.6120949074My son is on the Adderall XR.For him it has been great for the most part.My biggest problems with it is his eating habbits.He doesnt want to eat at all when he is taking the meds it seems like.Makes it very hard for him to sleep at night so he is on another med to help with that.And it makes it hard for him to have bowel movements.He is on it for his hyperactivity.The Dr told us that strattera wouldnt work for him because he is so hyper but I wish it would.Another big problem alot of ppl see with the Adderal is the need to keep upping the dose.Seems alot of the kids kinda grow out of the doses in a short amount of time. [QUOTE=leesita 125]

Helll everyone,

I've read your post about the psychotropic meds. I am considering the adderall for my son. After reading about adderall, I am very ambivalent. I read where it causes tics but I have not heard any of you having experienced this. Has anyone read this too or had this experience with this med?

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Adderall is not a psychotropic drug, it is a stimulant.  Abilify and Risperdol are psychotropics.

Since I started this thread my son has stopped using Adderall.  I didn't see much of a difference so we switched again.  He is now on Prozac and Strattera.  I have seen some positive.

Helll everyone,

I've read your post about the psychotropic meds. I am considering the adderall for my son. After reading about adderall, I am very ambivalent. I read where it causes tics but I have not heard any of you having experienced this. Has anyone read this too or had this experience with this med?

Two of my children have been on Adderral XR.  Adam has been on it for several years and it works great for him.  He has had major weight gain because of the Abilify, so we don't have that problem with weight lose.  We have no problem with tics etc.  My midde NT son has been on it for about 6 mos.  He did lose a little weight in the begining, but he can tell when it wears off and he eats later in the day.  He said he feels so much better on it and does so much better in school, that he asks for it.     Adderall sent Payne over the edge...he also developed tics/twitches from it...were gone as soon as the Adderall was out of his system. He did better with the Ritalin. Didn't even get to the Strattera w/ such bad results from Focalin, Adderall, etc.
 

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