I agree that you should talk to your son's doctor. There are many different meds and maybe another would work great for him. My son didn't have the heart mumer's before. Because of his size he had been getting regular screenings/ekg's for the last couple of years that he was on the adderall. He didn't have them before. THat doesn't mean that your son will develop them, that's just what happened to mine. With my son, the problems he was having was because of the med. I give him Omega 3,6 and 9. It's a supplement that I got at walmart that contains all 3. It doesn't help the ADHD itself, but the emtional outbursts and things like that are gone. After this summer we will be putting him back on meds, but not adderall.View Thread
We had very similar problems with our son. My son was on Adderall XR 15 mg for a few years. He would be on it during the school year and off of it in the summer and it worked great! He was doing well at school and everything. Then he started to throw these awful tantrums. Which then turned into full out rage. That was sooo scary because that is such strange behavior for him. I started looking up info about it and I found out that there is this thing called adderall rage. That, along with the fact that he developed 2 heart murmers and had just about stopped growing ( he was down to the 3rd% for height and weight) made us decide it was best to give him a break from the meds for a while. Which was very hard because it did help him focus and do well in school but it was hurting his health so much that I didn'tknow what else to do. I started giving him an Omega supplement and small doses of caffeine throughout the day. That has helped alot. He has grown 2 inches and gained 10 pounds since december and the rage is gone. I started a blog about my expirience with my son. Maybe you will see some similarities between your son and mine? Maybe you have some pointers that could help us as well? I basically just feel helpless and heartbroken over this struggle. Hang in there and I would suggest getting a second opinion on the dosage.View Thread
Well, it helps to have this stuff documented I think. That way I can look back at what worked or didn't work, what triggers him to freak out, etc. My husband and I just thought that maybe our expirience could help someone else someday.View Thread
Hey everyone! My name is Samantha and my son struggles with ADHD. Because of problems with side effects from the meds, my son had to stop taking them and we had to find natural treatments. We found one that does help some ( just a regular omega supplement), but not as well as the meds. I started a blog about our day to day struggles. I don't know if it will help anyone or not. By reading it, maybe you will see something similar in your children that my son is going through. Maybe, you will have some pointers for me to help my son. I don't really know. I started the blog to keep a diary of the day to day struggles we go through and maybe with (some luck) we'll find something that works and will help others also.