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Speed, anyone?

Ok, it's official now. Not like we didn't believe the last four or five professionals who told us this.

Today, Matthew met with a child psychiatrist. He definitely has ADHD. The doc was actually surprised at how many of the signs he exhibited.

So, tomorrow morning, we start Adderall. First, a half tab in the morning and one in the afternoon, then moving to a full tab after a week or so. I hate that it had to resort to meds, but he has really become a problem in school. With kindergarten coming up this fall, I want to give him the best chance he can get.

The thing that cracked me up was the unexpected generic name for Adderall from our pharmacy.

'Amphetamine salts'

Yes, please!

(Of course, the pharmacist probably thought we were nuts where we come in and get amphetamines, a stimulant, and Klonopin, a CNS depressant, at the same time *laugh*)

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georgiaskydiver
Apr. 1st, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
I'm on Adderall. Remember all that twitching and the facial ticks I have? Yep - that's part of the fun of Adderall.

I've had the label read "amphetamine salts" and "dextroamphetamine" among others. The little blue pills are much stronger than the flat orange-ish pills. Just be aware that there is a difference among the generics.

They had me on the XR version for a while, but they cause some bizarre muscle spasms of MAJOR muscle groups. I really noticed it at night when I was trying to lie still. It was so disruptive to my sleep that I made them take me off the XR.


These drugs can really make you feel like crap. They work well at first, but then you kinda feel like a puppet being dragged along for the ride. You're tired, but you can't make yourself stop. Then again, it is speed! It can make you really weary and cranky.

Don't be surprised if it takes a while to figure out the right dosage and the most effective time of day to take it.


I tell you all this because if I were a five-year-old taking these drugs, I wouldn't know to communicate this info to my mom or to my doctor. I hope this helps you ask Matthew the right questions and get him some relief.

Good luck.
*hugs*
weswilson
Apr. 1st, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
that's kinda skurry... no fun at all.
trshtwns01
Apr. 1st, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
ADHD in a four-year-old is even less fun. Believe me. We've been dealing with it since he was about 2, and now that he is about to turn five he is old enough for us to actually start trying some treatments.

I'm sure his school will be SO HAPPY to hear that. I just want him to be able to focus somewhat when he start kindergarten in the fall, instead of being labelled a 'problem kid' or 'slow'. He's really smart, he just can't sit still or focus.
trshtwns01
Apr. 1st, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
They gave him the little blue ones. My baby swallowed his first pill. Well, half a pill. We're starting on half to see how he does on that, and we give it to him first thing in the morning, then around 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I started it today so I could watch his reaction closely.

The information you gave is GREAT! It certainly tells me what to watch for, and what behavioral things might be attributed to the drug. Hopefully, I will be able to ask him the right questions now to tell how he feels.

Thanks, as always!!!
parab0lic
Apr. 2nd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
I think my brother is on Adderall. To be totally honest I'm not too sure because I don't see him very much (even though my dad insists on talking about him constantly) but whatever he's on seems to be doing the trick. He is a very well-behaved kid. He might have just gotten a swift kick in the ass, which he could have also used ...

But anyway.

Good luck. :)
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