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First time trying medication (Vyanase)

Good evening,

My son is 9 years old and has been diagnosed with ADHD for a few years now. We were hesitant to put him on medication, so we’ve been trying the natural route first. This past year in school has been one of the toughest ones yet and my husband and I decided we need to try medication. All the things we were doing just weren’t helping enough and it was starting to negatively effect my son. My sons pediatrician recommended vyanase. I’m just wandering if any other moms have tried this and what your thoughts were. Thanks for you help!

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Our grandson was on Vyvanse when he was five, and it was very effective at helping him control his behavior at school. The main side effect was that it caused him to lose his appetite. Since your son is older, it may not affect him as much. It is pretty much deciding if the benefits outweigh the risks and side effects. Our grandson has also been on the generic form of Concerta, which seemed to have fewer side effects. The problem we are having now is that he doesn’t want to take the meds. He is doing fine academically, but I think he still has trouble focusing at school. We are giving him Vayarin, which is a natural product that is supposed to help. Our pharmacist says that Vyvanse is the most commonly prescribed medication for ADHD, that he sees. I hope it works well for your son. Good luck!


Thank you so much for the response it’s just reassuring hearing about someone else’s experience with it! Good luck with the new natural route you guys are trying hope it works for you!


My daughter is 9 and has been on Vyvanse 30mg since June 2017. She has done well but is regressing. I have scheduled an appointment with a child psychiatrist. I feel like her condition is not limited to only ADHD. Only side affect is loss of appetite. Good luck!


Thank you for the response! My son just started and is on 20mg I haven’t seen a huge difference, however I’ve noticed he’s more emotional and anxious. I see the doctor soon to touch base on how he’s been doing, so we will see. Sorry to hear that your daughter has been regressing it’s so hard being a parent and not having an immediate fix! If you don’t mind me asking, why do you feel that she’s been getting worse?


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