This is following up on tatum channing’s rant about ADD or ADHD medications (adderal, vyvanse, amphetamines, ritalin) . Ann made a very pertinent comment:
Ann • We must not forget that there are different types of A.D.H.D. Factors that can be more dominant in one type of A.D.H.D. as apposed to another form of the condition. Hence the importance in monitoring the medication. One type of the medication might not suit one individual, but could suit another person.
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YES! Both of my kids have ADHD as do I…all inattentive type…and we each take a different med. I tried Ritalin, which worked ok with minimal side effects, but was a pain in the butt to get so I wanted to try a non-stimulant. I switched to Strattera and it worked great. My son (who has anxiety issues as well) tried Ritalin, Adderall, and Focalin, but they made his anxiety worse. He tried Strattera, and it did nothing for him. Now he’s on a very low dosage of Vyvanse, which seems to work without making him more anxious. My daughter, who is also mildly autistic, took increasingly higher doses of Adderall…it would work great for a week or two, then fizzle out. Now she takes Concerta, which worked very well the last few weeks of school. Hopefully that’s the one that’s right for her. It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all solution!
ANON – great comment and illustration of the point. glad it’s working out for you and the kids. i might use some of it on the blog unless you object?
thank you for commenting
I don’t object – feel free to use whatever you’d like. 🙂