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Prescription change

My 12 year daughter is currently taking concerta wondering if switching to adderal would make a big difference. I have done some research and they seem about the same. My daughter has more of the focus issue then hyperactivity. Has anyone else gone this route. Adderal is also a lot cheaper also.

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Hi There,

My son just turned 11 and is on Aderal xr 10mg. He too also, has been diagnosed with the inattentive type of ADHD, and not the hyperactivity part of it.

The medicine had helped him immensely! He is doing so much better in school. He is only on 10mg though and the highest dosage he can be on, as told to us by his NP at the Neurologist office, is 30mg. So he’s still on a low dose.

The only side effect he has experienced is the irritability when the medicine is wearing off. His temper and reactions to the littlest things are out of control and completely unacceptable. It’s very hard to deal with it, but I do take him to a therapist as well, so he can use some coping techniques to help him calm down. Therapy helps a lot!

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Thank you so much for replying. I will call her doctor next week to discuss, but was just wondering if anyone else has done this.

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Oh I also forgot to mention that the NP had said just this past Thursday, when we saw her, that the medications are basically all the same and that my son’s behavior and irritability is most likely due to the medication wearing off. I had asked her about switching meds because a few of my friends said it was the medicine, but the NP said no, it wasn’t. So she prescribed him another 5mg to take after lunch at school.

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1/2 mg of Rispersone in the late afternoon. Has done wonders for my son’s Adderall crash

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my son also on 0.5 mg risperidone

but he hav no behaviourial problems but acadimically face challenges lacking focus and smtimes in his own world .

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Can you tell me what Rispersone is? I see irritability in my 13 year old son who takes Vyvanse around 4:00 (when it is beginning to wear off). Id' love to know more about helping him with that. thanks

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Risperdone is for mood disorders. However, they have found that Risperdone, in small amounts, helps ADD and ADHD for the coming down from Stimulants.

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They are not all the same. One medication might do well in another one cause horrible side effects. Instability when the medicine wears off it's not uncommon. The doctor might get something else to keep her stable throughout the day

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Try the change and see what happens. If you are concerned how the Adderall will affect her, try the immediate release tablet, which lasts 4 hours, instead of the extended release capsule. IF she does OK with the tablet, then try the capsule at the appropriate dose.

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My daughter has no hyperactivity either - only a focus issue. Neither Adderall nor Concerta worked for her. In fact, Concerta made her feel BAD. Finally, we tried Vyvanse, and it works well for her- She describes it as "smoother"- She can even nap late in the day. No jitters and the focus is good while it's working. Vyvanse may be an option for you if Concerta doesn't work well for her. I did SO MUCH research too- but I really think it all goes out the window as far as meds being similar- each person has an individual reaction. Also, the Vyvanse is not generic so I wonder if that might have something to do with why it works better for her than Concerta and Adderall (they were both generic). And I originally tried Adderall and Concerta because they were cheaper- I wish I had just gone with Vyvanse from the beginning (like her dr. suggested). Hope this helps!

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Hi there, a little late to the discussion (I'm new on this site). I'm 28 and got diagnosed with Inattentive ADHD at 25. I have taken adderall in combination with supplements for the last 3 years with great success. Unfortunately most doctors/psychiatrists will not recommend supplements to help fight off unwanted negative side effects. This is something I hope to change after I finish grad school and enter the psychology field. I'm reading that some people here are having trouble with the come-off of the medication, this is because of the drop in the neurotransmitters Dopamine and Norepinephrine after the medication wears off. To combat this I highly recommend a supplement called Tyrosine, that helps bring Dopamine and Norepinephrine levels back to equilibrium, removing the period of irritability. My medication lasts for about 6hrs and I take tyrosine an hour before my medication wears off, and I have not had a problem with irritability after my medication wears off.

Here is the list of supplements I take with my medication. Note that one does not need to take all of them, after doing 3 years of research I just want to combat all my cognitive detriments, the medication alone cannot do it all. That is where fitness, health, and supplement use come into play

Supplements that I take

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Great website for information on supplements for people with ADHD (the creator himself has Inattentive ADHD)

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