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Happy with Monarch eTNS device so far! Just wanted to share after years of feeling hopeless with this ADHD struggle

MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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My son who is almost to 9 has just started using the Monarch etns device. We had to take him off of ADHD stimulant medication. That was a nightmare. I have never been a huge fan of wanting to do stimulant medication with him we struggled with giving it to him for years. We tried essential oils, vitamin supplements and anything else you could imagine. I want to add he was on stimulant medication for the last 4 years . After using the Monarch etns device for two weeks we have noticed a significant difference. He has ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorder and autistic tendencies. We noticed a huge difference in his o d d getting much better after a week of using the device. We are now going into week 3 and he is completely medication free, functioning at school, not having any behavioral issues and following directions. He still has a very hard time with Focus which we are hoping he can still get by with just using the monarc etns device and not have to go back to stimulant medication for this. We are very hopeful. We have seen in provement in his Focus as well so hopefully with more time there can be more Improvement.

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Murphish

How did you get the device? Prescription? I remember reading about it and it sounded promising. Glad to hear you are having some success!

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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Yes, it was by prescriptions and they had called me. The out-of-pocket cost was $1,000. Insurance does not cover it. The little patches that they wear on their forehead are also by prescriptions. I had heard about this machine about 2 years ago it was in Canada and I have been trying ever since to get it for my child. Finally was able to get it in the US 3 weeks ago

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Dsmith05

Thank you for sharing! I have been very curious about this. Happy to hear you are having success. My 9 year old son is also ADHD/ODD/Anxiety with possible Autistic tendencies. Does he wear it all night? Does it tingle or bother him any?

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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Yes, he wears it at night. I had him sleep in my room with me for the first week. That was a little excessive and over-the-top LOL. He at first was scared to wear it and I was nervous about the tingling but then after about 5 minutes he was okay. I just had him tell me when he could feel it and when he could feel it I just stopped at at that number. I tried going up one and he said it hurt so I went down one and he said it was fine. We have his set at 2.4. The wires get a little tricky so you have to make sure that they don't move too much, but even if they moved quite a bit they still stay on pretty good. The sticky part on the head stays on really good it's the wires that sometimes Come Undone from the unit during the night if my son moves a lot

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
in reply to MommaBsue

I hope that you have success with your sign as well. ADHD stimulant medications were hard for my son to take with also having anxiety disorder

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skoby

I just received our monarch in the mail today for my 12 year old son. I'm charging the batteries now and plan to use tonight. Very hopeful, but trying to manage my expectations after many promising solutions that have not worked in the past. I'm so glad to have read your description of how you determined the strength to use as I had been given no direction on that. Fingers crossed!

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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Good luck! I hope it works for your son as well as it has worked for mine. 2 days of school and no concerns whatsoever and he is not on medication so this is a huge deal! I did try the machine on myself as well so I could feel the intensity how it works.

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Dsmith05
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Good luck and keep us posted please!

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Lavender2relax

Can a child use it for just one year with good results? Have you heard of young teens using it? So happy this is helping!!!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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MommaBsue

From what I have read the child will only need to use it for four to eight weeks. We were planning only to use it for that long. I can let you know if we need to use it longer. We have used it for two and a half weeks with really good results so far

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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I have not heard of young teens using it. To get the prescription in the United States I think they have to be between the ages of 7 and 12. In other countries they use it for epilepsy, anxiety and depression as well

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skoby
skoby
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This is really the question. There have been no studies on it beyond the initial 4 to 8 weeks. My son used it for the first time last night with no issues. But I'm wondering about the timeframe as well. I guess in a year, they can do more functional MRI testing on the initial bunch of kids to see if the increased activity on brain scans has continued even though they stopped using it? I may call the pharmacy and ask them their recommendation on use beyond the initial period.

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MommaBsue
MommaBsue
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This is a great question! I would really like to know the answer to this as well. Also I didn't see any studies of using it with any ADHD medications.

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Onthemove1971
Onthemove1971
in reply to skoby

And one of the main doctor's involved in the study is the head of the company. Given that there were only 30 kids ( the others didn't have stimulation) this is a really small number.

I am hoping a larger study with a longer period of time will be conducted.

Good luck with the trial!

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MommaBsue

You too!

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Lavender2relax

Thanks so much! I want to purchase it, but need to know more about how it works. Keep us posted and thanks for sharing.

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Klmamma

This is exciting and I say well worth the money. I'd read about this! Insuranxe wont pay for it bc it's not a long term money maker medicine I'm guessing.

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MommaBsue

Update: my child has been using the Monarch etns machine now for 20 days. We noticed three days ago that he started screaming a lot more. He does have autistic Tendencies where he might scream or hit himself in the face. We have noticed that his screaming has gotten really bad. His hyperness has gotten better and his odd has gotten better, but we are not quite sure what we are going to do about this screaming. He is constantly loud and yelling in a playful manner, but it's still not appropriate and it is all day long

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